When it came to population growth last year, Central Florida cities were some of the fastest growing in the U.S.
According to the figures which were released last Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, last year, metro Orlando grew by up to 60,000 residents, as large as the number of people that can fit into the Camping World Stadium of this city – the place where college football bowl teams face off in winter of each year. That gave Orlando the fifth-biggest increase in pure numbers of any U.S metro area.
Meanwhile, last year, the Tampa area grew by 51,000 residents, more than the number of fans that can fit into Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays of the city play baseball. This number placed its numeric increase at No. 9
Thanks to their growth from mid-2017 to mid-2018, these two metropolises were propelled into the top tier of the fastest growing metro areas of the whole nation.
It was also released by the U.S. Census Bureau that only Texas grew by more people than Florida last year. Moreover, the addition of tens of thousands of new residents to the cities in central Florida will increase the importance of the Interstate 4 corridor’s next election, already the swingiest part of the biggest swing state of the nation. That explosive growth also offers Florida the chances of getting additional congressional seats as well as presidential electors after the 2020 census.
Among these cities, Orlando had the fifth largest increase of the country for metro areas in pure numbers, surpassed by only Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix. Tampa came in at No. 9.
In Tampa, the population growth was totally driven by new arrivals. If there weren’t this inbound migration, Tampa would have lost population because its deaths outnumbered births by almost 900 people. Mostly new arrivals came from U.S. states.