No matter how you slice it, Austin set for huge population growth, report says

Michael Theis for Austin Business Journal

Even under the most pessimistic projections — if some sort of plague and economic slump were to take hold in the region — the Austin area’s population will still grow by more than 30 percent over the next 15 years, a report from the Urban Institute shows.

And if migration and the birth rate are higher than expected, the Austin area could grow by more than 80 percent by 2030, the report said.

That’s the general take-away from the report forecasting population growth across the nation under different scenarios.

The report, which can be read in full here, includes an interactive mapping element that lets readers select different projected birth, death and migration rates to see how demographics across the United States could be affected.

Here is how Austin’s population growth is expected to play out, using a range of projections:

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