- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show how Florida grew to almost 20 million residents last year, surpassing New York as the nation’s third most-populous state.

More than half of the growth in Florida came from three metropolitan areas: South Florida, Orlando and Tampa. Below are Florida’s metro areas, their populations in 2014 and the number of residents the metro areas grew by from July 2013 to July 2014.

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach; 5.9 million; 66,361

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater; 2.9 million; 41,428

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford; 2.3 million; 50,335

Jacksonville; 1.4 million; 23,081

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton; 748,708; 16,049

Cape Coral-Fort Myers;679,513; 18,177

Lakeland-Winter Haven; 634,638; 11,479

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach; 609,939; 8,788

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville; 556,885; 5,445

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent; 474,081; 5,399

Port St. Lucie; 444,420; 6,635

Tallahassee; 375,751; 2,168

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island; 348,777; 8,671

Ocala; 339,167; 3,008

Gainesville; 273,377; 3,161

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin; 258,042; 4,733

Panama City; 194,929; 4,158

Punta Gorda;168,474; 3,526

Sebastian-Vero Beach;144,755; 2,734

Homosassa Springs; 139,377; 243

The Villages; 114,350; 5,867

Sebring; 98,236; 317

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates


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