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2 southwest Florida cities among nation’s fastest-growing

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Two southwest Florida cities were among the nation’s fastest-growing last year. The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said Bonita Springs and Fort Myers respectively had the 8th and 15th fastest growth rates in the nation. Both cities are located in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro areas, and both had growth rates just under 5 percent. In pure numbers, the city of Jacksonville and the city of Miami were among the nation’s leaders in population gains from July 2015 to July…

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Florida cities among the biggest population gainers

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Three metro areas in Florida were among the nation’s 10 biggest gainers in the number of people moving there last year, and another three Florida metro areas were in the top 10 for overall growth rates. The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said the Tampa area had the nation’s fourth-highest gain from people moving there last year. Some 58,000 new residents moved there. South Florida had the nation’s seventh-highest gain from migration, adding about 48,000 residents who moved there. Orlando…

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Census: Florida growing older, more diverse

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Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in decades. New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday shows that during the recovery, jobs were lost in construction, real estate, government and manufacturing. But jobs were gained in education, health care, tourism and professional positions. During the same time, Florida residents…

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Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery

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Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in decades. New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday shows that during the recovery, jobs were lost in construction, real estate, government and manufacturing. But jobs were gained in education, health care, tourism and professional positions. During the same time, Florida residents…

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Florida sees greatest annual increase in population since 2006

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Florida is going through a growth spurt. The Sunshine State’s population grew by 333,471 between April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016. That marks the greatest annual increase in residents since 2006, according to a report by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research. The state’s population was more than 20.1 million as of April 1. The estimate is slightly lower than a recent estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, which reported Florida’s population was about 20.2 million as of…

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Florida had economic gains in 2015 but lags behind nation

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 While Floridians made economic strides last year, the state still lags behind the rest of the nation on important economic indicators, according to new figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Three Florida cities had the lowest median household income last year among the nation’s 25 largest metro areas, and Florida had one of the highest measures of economic inequality in the nation, according to the 2015 American Community Survey figures. Florida had a median household income of $49,426…

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South Florida, Orlando, Fort Myers lead Florida’s growth

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In the years since Florida’s population growth dropped to its lowest level in decades, the state’s expansion has rebounded the most in inland communities in South Florida, the suburbs of Orlando and the Fort Myers area, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Florida cities, towns, villages and places with populations greater than 20,000 people grew the fastest from 2010 to 2015 in Parkland, Cooper City and Doral in South Florida; St. Cloud, Ocoee and Winter…

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