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Census releases new population estimates for Boston metro

The Boston metropolitan area posted some of the best numbers among the 10 largest metros in the U.S. in terms of net population gain, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau April 18. However, as with many other large American cities, Boston would have seen a net loss in population over the last year were it not for foreign migrants.
The numbers paint a fascinating picture of American demographics. Out of the 51 metros with at least 1 million residents in 2018, nine saw their population decline between 2017 and 2018. That includes the three largest of all: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, each of which recorded a net loss. What’s more, for the first time since 2007, growth rates in these large metros, including Boston, fell behind that of mid-size metros. The areas with the highest growth rates between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018 were concentrated in the South and West, particularly Texas and Florida.
Still, as of July 2018, Boston remained the 10th most populous metro, with an estimated 4.88 million residents.
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