Not to be confused with the next Transformers or Godzilla movie, trends are showing much of the country’s growth will be in ten megaregions. Other parts of the country will lose population.
The Bay Area is expanding
It is hard to miss, the urbanization of the nine Bay Area counties are creating a constant flow of housing, commercial, and industrial areas between cities. Our cities, as witnessed along Interstate 80 from Vallejo to Sacramento, for example, are slowly growing together into a single urbanized area.
The Bay Area Megaregion consisting of the nine counties now includes an additional 12 counties: Yolo, Sacramento, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz.
According to the SPUR article, The Northern California Megaregion, The population of our megaregion in 2006 was 14 million; forecasts suggest we will be adding another 10 million by 2050.
Cities and rural areas of our megaregion are growing together because of imbalance. High housing costs are pushing people out of the nine Bay Area counties into more affordable counties while the strong job centers remain in Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco, and Sacramento Counties.Read More