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Impressive Mass. population growth is exacerbating housing shortage

So we’ve all heard how Massachusetts and other Northeast states have been losing population. Right?

That might have been true a few decades ago. But not recently.

Over the past three years alone, Massachusetts has grown by 129,561 people, or by 2 percent, to about 6.6 million people.

Most of that growth has occurred in the Greater Boston area (Boston, Somerville, Newton and Cambridge are at the top of the usual-suspects list, not surprisingly), while the Cape and western Massachusetts are not doing so swell, population-wise.

So think about it: Where are the majority of those 129,561 new people living? Did new housing just magically appear? Do you think this growth — which is otherwise highly encouraging — is contributing to driving up housing prices?

Here’s some more interesting Bay State data from the US Census.

File under: More housing, please