Study: Nearly 7 Million to Live in D.C. Region by 2040

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TYSONS CORNER, Va. (CBSDC) — Where will you be living in 2040? You probably don’t know, but a recent study says a lot of people will be calling the D.C. area home in the future.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a study Wednesday that estimates that the D.C. region’s population and economy will grow significantly from 2010 to 2040.

The study estimates that the region’s population will grow to nearly 7 million people, an increase of 32 percent or 1.6 million new residents in just 30 years. The District is expected to near 1 million city residents in that time.

Among the areas that could see the most population growth are D.C.’s outermost suburbs, such as Stafford County in Virginia and Charles County in Maryland.

Employment in the region is projected to grow by about 1.4 million jobs, a 43 percent increase. Prince William, Loudoun and Stafford counties in Virginia are expected to add the most jobs.

On the downside, with more people living and working in the area, traffic will get even worse than it already is.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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