Keith Connors

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What are the fastest growing counties in Tampa Bay? According to the Census Bureau’s county population data, Polk County and Hillsborough County in Tampa Bay are among the nation’s fastest-growing areas. From July 2021 to July 2022, Polk County added 32,225 new residents, making it the fifth-fastest-growing county in the country. Hillsborough County, on the other hand, welcomed 28,846 new residents, securing its position as the eighth-fastest-growing county.

We’re growing like a weed. The U.S. Census Bureau has released its latest data on population trends, revealing that Tampa Bay continues to be a highly sought-after location. While the influx of residents has started to stabilize in the region’s cities, the area remains one of the most popular in recent years. Why is that? Steady growth and Popularity.

Last year, Florida ranked first in population growth across the United States, with an average of 1,218 new residents settling in the state daily. Recent data from the IRS supports this trend, as nearly 800,000 tax filers have relocated to the Sunshine State in recent years. Additionally, between 2020 and 2021, Florida experienced a net gain of 257,487 people, further establishing its appeal among individuals and families.

No, it’s not happening everywhere. So, we know where they’re all coming from. While Tampa Bay thrived, some areas experienced population declines. New York City, for instance, lost 123,104 residents from 2021 to 2022. However, this decline was significantly less, around 60%, than the city’s population loss of 305,465 during the previous year (2020-2021). This suggests a slowing down of the population decrease in the city. So, New York stinks less this year than last? What are the fastest growing areas near you? It’s hard being popular. As our region flourishes, it remains an excellent choice for those seeking a thriving community in which to live, work, and play. TBBJ