Florida Population Growth

Congrats, Floridians! The U.S. Census Bureau deemed Florida the fastest-growing state for the first time since the peak of the baby boom in 1957. Our population has grown by 1.9% to hit 22,244,832 residents from 2021 to 2022, outpacing Idaho, the 2021 champion. 

Since Florida already ranks as the third-most-populous state, this is momentous. 

During the height of the baby boom in 1956 and 1957, Florida hit a whopping 8% population growth. Considering the national rate is between 1.5% to 2% annually, these were exceptional population gains. Things slowed down, but Florida’s population still grew at about double the national average over the years.

So why didn’t we rank the highest more often? Look to good ol’ Nevada, coming in hot as the reigning population champion for 36 of 76 years since 1946. While Idaho won in 2021, Nevada grew its population from 143,000 in 1946 to 3,177,772 residents in 2022. Arizona, Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, and Alaska have also held the title. 

What does this mean for the Tampa homeowner? More people means more housing demand, buying competition, and more selling opportunities. 

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