Census: Florida Has Fastest Metro Growth Area; Michigan Slides

(WLNS) – The fastest-growing metro area in the United States is home to a sprawling retirement community in Florida.
The Villages metropolitan Statistical area grew by 5.4 percent from 2013 to 2014, making it the fastest growing metro area in the U.S., according to new population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.
Located about 40 miles northwest of Orlando, The Villages MSA is predominantly comprised of The Villages, a master planned retirement community for those 55 and up, and has an estimated population of about 114,000.

According to our media partners at MLive, West Michigan had some of the largest population growth in Michigan in the past year, according to new Census numbers released today. Overall, Michigan’s population grew an estimated 11,684 to 9,909,877 million residents. This is the third consecutive year of growth since 2012. Before that, Michigan’s population dropped annually since 2004.

Michigan, however, slipped to the being the 10th most populous state, being passed by South Carolina.

Ingham County saw a modest increase of about 1,500 residents. That’s a population growth of .56% in the past year.

The story is a bit different in Jackson County. There the population declined by 168 people to a total of 159,741. That’s a dip of .11%

More from MLive: Has your county gained or lost population?

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