Bay Area cities see Increase in Population
California has been experiencing a boom in its economy and it has caused many cities to grow rapidly, but these growing cities are further away from where the jobs are. The California Department of Finance released new data a couple of weeks ago that highlights trends in population increases in cities. The suburbs around the Bay area grew the most last year because housing was more plentiful and affordable. The city that grew the most in population last year in the Bay area was Menlo Park, which went up 5.51 percent and it also had the second-highest percentage increase behind the town of Ione in Amador County. Jordan Levine, a senior economist for the California Association of Realtors, stated:
I think that it really underscores how central housing is to these times. Folks want to be able to maintain access to those good jobs in San Francisco and Santa Clara and San Mateo, but can’t afford to live there.
Menlo Park updated its housing plan five years ago to change its land-use and zoning regulations to allow more construction projects in the city. It seems to have paid off because they attracted many people to the city that work in places such as San Francisco, where it is less affordable for many people to live. Although the state has experienced growth pretty evenly, nine northern and eastern counties continue to see declines in population. Some of the counties that continue to see declines are Alpine, Calaveras and Tuolumne. It is great to see people expanding out to the suburbs so that the larger cities can hopefully be less congested.
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