The Delaware Valley regional Planning Commission is forecasting the region's population will grow more than 11 percent by 2040. Figures were released at Thursdays board meeting. The greatest percentage growth is expected from Gloucester County, predicted to see an increase of 30.5 percent. in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Chester Country is projected to see the greatest growth, percentage wise with an increase of 39.8 percent, bringing its population to about 647,000.
Growth in Philadelphia is forecast at 6.9 percent, with a population of more than 1.6 million. Total regional population is forecast at about 6.3 million in 2040.
In response to these figures, Ronald Bailey, executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission, told the board that "we've got to change the level of investment" in regional infrastructure to adequately handle this population growth.