The One-Minute Geographer: Our Shifting Metropolitan Population

Downtown Beckley, West Virginia. Photo from

Between 2010 and 2020, the total US population grew from 309 million people to 331 million, an increase of 7.4%.

Much of this growth was in the nation’s 384 officially designated metropolitan areas. (I’ll call them metros.) Now, 86% of Americans live in these 384 metros, an increase of 1% since 2010.