Three Tampa Bay Cities Rank Among Fastest Growing in America


Three Tampa Bay area cities—Sarasota, Tampa, and Lakeland—are among the fastest-growing in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report. These cities ranked in the top 25 based on U.S. Census Bureau data from 2021 to 2022.

When calculating the Best Places to Live, U.S. News factors in each city’s growth due to net migration, which is part of the larger desirability score.

Publicado por U.S. News and World Report en Jueves, 23 de mayo de 2024

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The rankings consider net migration, median age, median home prices, median household income, and total population.

#18. Lakeland

Lakeland ranks 18th, known as a “family-friendly small town.” With natural parks, expansive public golf courses, and a prime location between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland has a resort-like appeal. The city saw a 3.19% increase in net migration, growing its population to 163,774.

#13. Tampa

Tampa ranks 13th, benefiting from its beach proximity and a vibrant food-and-drink scene. Residents enjoy a mix of beach lifestyle and urban amenities, including professional sports teams, museums, and entertainment options. Tampa experienced a 3.58% net migration increase, boosting its population to 515,872.

#10. Sarasota

Sarasota leads the Tampa Bay area cities, ranking 10th. Known for its vibrant arts scene, growing food-and-drink culture, and beautiful beaches, Sarasota attracts many new residents. The city, with a population of 82,472, saw a 3.96% net migration increase.

Florida cities dominated the top 25 list, with 11 cities included. Notably, four of the top five fastest-growing cities are from the Sunshine State: Tallahassee (5), Daytona Beach (4), Port St. Lucie (3), and Fort Myers (1).