- April 28, 2022
The third most-populous state in the country — Florida — also is one of the fastest growing, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.
Of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metros, Florida has six of them -- more than any other state. The national leader is The Villages, which grew its population by 5.4% between 2013 and 2014, to 114,350 people.
Cape Coral is the sixth-fastest growth region in the nation, tied with Bend, Ore., at 2.7% growth. Naples wasn't far behind with 2.5% growth, to 348,777 people.
By sheer numbers, the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale area led overall growth in the state with 66,000 new residents, followed by Orlando-Kissimmee with 50,000 and Tampa-St. Petersburg at 41,000. Cape Coral-Fort Myers added 18,000 people, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton added 16,000, and Lakeland-Winter Haven added 11,000.
One additional nugget: The in-migration of people was so significant it more than made up for the fact that Florida had more deaths than births during the period.