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PALM COAST, FL – March 22, 2018 – The U. S. Census Bureau today released its County and Metro/Micro Area Population Estimates showing estimated yearly population as of July 1, 2017. In other words, these newly released figures are population estimates as of eight months ago.
The Deltona - Daytona Beach - Ormond Beach Metro Area (which includes all of Flagler and Volusia counties) grew 1.94% from 636,843 to 649,202 during the period from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017. The Villages, last year’s fastest growing Metro Area at 4.3% dropped to 22nd place with a 2.5% growth.
Florida grew 1.59% during the same period, somewhat less than the 1.91% growth the previous year. Our state’s estimated population as of July '17 was 20,984,400. That level likely exceeds 21M by now.
Flagler, Volusia, and St. Johns counties each surpassed Florida’s 1.59% growth. Flagler’s population grew 2.51%, down slightly from the previous year’s 2.93%. Volusia also dropped; from 2.23% to 1.82%. St. Johns remained steady with 3.74% and 3.73% respectively.
Flagler County gained an estimated 2,705 residents, generating the need for approximately 1,200 to 1,300 new residential units (homes, condos, or apartments). During the July '16 to July '17 period, only 900 single-family building permits were issues. None were issued for condos or apartments. This imbalance has caused home prices and rents to rise faster than the CPI or wage growth.
Fortunately, builders have picked up the pace and plans for multi-family and other alternative housing are in the planning pipeline. However, I think local population growth is on the increase again. I would not be surprised to see the July '17 to July '18 population increase by more than 3,500 new residents.
Texas took the limelight with eight of the 15 fastest growing counties. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area’s 146,000-population increase last year was the most of any metro area and Maricopa County, Ariz., saw a population increase of nearly 74,000 — the most of any county last year — according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 1, 2017, population estimates released today. The statistics provide population estimates and components of change for the nation’s 382 metropolitan statistical areas, 551 micropolitan statistical areas and 3,142 counties.
“Historically, the Dallas metro area attracts large numbers from both international and domestic migration. Many of the other largest metro areas in the country rely mostly on international migration and natural increase for growth,” said Molly Cromwell, a demographer at the Census Bureau.
Among the nation’s counties, the top 10 with the largest numeric growth are all located in the South and the West. The 10 largest counties in the country all maintained their rank compared to last year.
From July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, six of the top 10 largest-gaining counties were in Texas — Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Harris, and Tarrant. The remaining four counties on the list were Maricopa County, Ariz.; Clark County, Nev.; Riverside County, Calif.; and King County, Wash. Most of the nation’s 3,142 counties grew, with 57 percent gaining in the last year.
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