What if your city were to grow at the rate of its population in 2050?
In that case, you’d be living in a better place than your neighbors.
This was the argument made by the U.S. Census Bureau in a report released Thursday.
In a nutshell, the bureau said that cities are at their best in 2030 if they maintain population growth of 5.4% per year.
That means that in 2030, a city of 2.6 million people would be the most affluent in the country, according to the bureau.
The report found that some of the best-placed cities are located in the Midwest and South, where people are more likely to have higher incomes and more people in their families.
What would this mean for you?
You’d likely be richer than you were 10 years ago.
The Bureau says cities with population growth between 5% and 8% would be better-off than cities with growth between 4% and 6%.
But the best places for you would likely be in states with high unemployment, low incomes, and a low share of people living in poverty.
The bureau said cities in the mid-west and the Rust Belt would be among the most well-off cities in 2020, while cities in Texas, New York, and California would be at the bottom of the heap.
It said this data shows that cities with high rates of population growth will benefit from growth in the workforce, which would create jobs and higher wages.