24 million people will live in the New York metro area by 2025

Already-populous NYC and its surrounding area—considered a megacity—is set for major growth in the next decade

Manhattan skyline

Manhattan skyline

If you think your subway car is too packed now, your go-to restaurant is too busy and your rent is too damn high, just wait until 2025. The New York metropolitan area is set to reach 24 million in just over ten years, according to studies and statistics aggregator Statista. To be clear, that expanse includes not only NYC but also Long Island, the mid- and lower Hudson Valley, the six largest cities in New Jersey, the six largest cities in Connecticut and five counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Since the New York metro population is well over ten million, it's officially a megacity, and one of the fastest growing at that, joining other major metropolises such as Calcutta and Rio de Janeiro. According to these stats, we'll have made a staggering 20 percent increase from 2011 to 2025. We don't even want to think about what that's going to do to the cost of real estate here in NYC…

(h/t Mashable)

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