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New Census Report Shows Tallahassee Metro Population Growth Ranks Last in Florida

Posted on May 25, 2017

New Census Report Shows Tallahassee Metro Population Growth Ranks Last in Florida

A new report released on Thursday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau shows population growth in the Tallahassee metro area was the slowest among all metro areas in Florida.

According to population estimates, Tallahassee is last among the 22 metro areas in Florida with a .48% change in population from 2015 to 2016. The estimated population of the Tallahassee metro area was 379,627 as of July 1, 2016.

When comparing population growth from 2010-16, the Tallahassee metro area ranks 2oth out of the 22 metro areas with a growth rate of 2.78%.

The table below shows the 22 Florida metros listed in the order of the 2015-2016 population growth rate (third column). Also included is the population growth for each metro area from 2010-2016 (fourth column).

The Villages had the highest population growth in Florida, followed by Cape Coral-Fort Myers and Punta Gorda.

Conroe, Texas (near Houston), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) between 2015 and 2016 at 7.8 percent, making its growth rate more than 11 times the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent. Some of the other fastest-growing cities were: Frisco, Texas (6.2 percent); McKinney, Texas (5.9 percent); Greenville, S.C. (5.8 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (5.5 percent).

“Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S region,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s population division. “Since the 2010 Census, the population in large southern cities grew by an average of 9.4 percent. In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3 percent, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively.”

Four cities in the West — Bend, Ore.; Buckeye, Ariz.; Lehi, Utah; and Meridian, Idaho — were among the top 15 fastest growing. Only one city in the Midwest, Ankeny, Iowa, topped the list while no cities in the Northeast were among the nation’s fastest growing.


6 Responses to New Census Report Shows Tallahassee Metro Population Growth Ranks Last in Florida

  1. James Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    A business climate that’s not friendly to new and emerging businesses, astronomical airfares, and absurd utility rates, what do you expect?

  2. Terry Ryan Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    What is more alarming is that the Tallahassee Metro area growth rate from 2010 through 2016 is ranked third from last! One year bad result could be a statistical fluke made up in prior or succeeding years. But for a seven year period is alarming. Could we be having a considerable number of residents leaving in almost equal numbers of new arrivals? One would think someone with the Chamber, local government, etc would do what many businesses do when losing a valued client: exit interviews. Forwarding addresses at utility departments would be an excellent source of such a survey. Same could be done for businesses when they turn off their utilities and leave town.

  3. James Anderson Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    We are number one in crime and high taxes. That will encourage growth all the time.

  4. Phil Reply

    June 2, 2017 at 6:49 am

    A lack of new jobs. The state and universities aren’t doing much hiring, and there aren’t any big new companies in town. Housing prices are higher than other places in Fla, and we don’t have very much of a retiree sector. We don’t have much tourism like other Fla cities that could yield new residents.

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