Orange and Sumpter counties in Florida were ranked among the nation’s largest growing and fastest growing, respectively, according to a March 23 release from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Orange County, population 1.3 million, added nearly 30,000 residents between July 2015 and July 2016, the census report stated, a 2.3 percent increase. During the same period, Sumpter County grew 4.3 percent, adding some 5,000 people to its population of 124,000.
Among fastest-growing metropolitan areas, Florida had 10 on the top 25 list: Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Sebastian-Vero Beach, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Port St. Lucie, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, and No. 1-ranked The Villages.
Although The Villages added approximately 5,100 people, its growth percentage of 4.3 percent placed it in the top spot.
Together, these 10 metro areas added 166,459 to the state’s population, with the top three being Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford at 59,125; Cape Coral-Fort Myers at 22,051; and North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton at 20,444. These three accounted for 61 percent of the growth.