For anyone doubting Florida's return to its glory days of net population inflows, a quick glance at some recent migration numbers confirms the resurgence. Whereas the Phoenix metro area led the nation with the largest numbers of new citizens in the 2009-to-2012 time period, and by a large measure, 30% of the top 10 areas in terms of growth were in Florida –- Tampa/St. Pete at #3, Orlando-Kissimmee at #7 and Jacksonville at #8. Particularly impressive is that all three metros are in different geographies of the Sunshine State -– the Gulf Coast, the center of the state and the northeast coast, respectively.
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach held down the #14 spot with just a net inflow of 1,411 people but that was from a net outflow of 3,946 in the 2006 to 2009 period. Orlando/Kissimmee came back from a deficit of 647 to an increase of 3,495. Jacksonville gained a total of 3,485 people in the three-year period.
The report was compiled by William Frey, a top demographer at the Brookings Institution, and was based on three years worth of data.
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