Boston in the 21st Century
With urban life becoming more and more attractive to people of all ages, the population of Boston has consistently grown over the last fifteen years. After spending much of the 20th century in a free fall, losing residents faster than it could gain them, Boston reached its peak in the 1950s with around 165,000 more residents than it currently has today. However, it began to decline after that, and bottomed out in the 1980s. Since the 1980s, the population has begun to increase rapidly due to new residences and a construction boom in areas such as Seaport, the West End, Downtown Boston, Back Bay, Allston, East Boston and even on college campuses across the city.