New census data shows Florida’s population is booming
Four of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan areas with the fastest population growth last year were in Florida — more than any other state, according to new U.S. Census data.
Punta Gorda, The Villages, Lakeland-Winter Have and Cape Coral-Fort Myers all saw their numbers increase by more than 3%, the figures show.
Additionally, two Florida counties qualified for the list of top 10 population growth percentages.
St. John’s County rose 5.6%, while Nassau County rose 3.5%, the data showed.
Two Florida counties make the list of the top 10 numerical population increases. Polk and Lee counties added more than 20,000 residents in 2021.
According to census data, eight of the top 10 counties with the largest numerical population declines were in New York and California.
Miami-Dade County — which lost 38,990 residents in 2021 — was the only Florida entrant on that list.
Los Angeles County lost the most people at 184,000, while New York County lost about 117,000, according to figures released last week.
Statewide, Florida’s population grew by 211,000 between July 2020 and July 2021, according to the census report – second only to Texas.
California, Illinois and New York all had the largest overall population losses last year.
The US Census also revealed this month that the Sunshine State has more new business apps than any other state.
Of the 5.8 million applications filed between January last year and January 2022, 638,680 were looking for a home in Florida, or 11.7%.