Miami Expected to Be Florida's Slowest Growing Area Over Next 15 Years

Florida just overtook New York to become the third most populous state, and our population growth isn't expected to slow down anytime soon. According to a new interactive analysis from the Urban Institute, Florida should add 4.1 million new citizens between the official 2010 census tallies and 2030. That's a change of 21.69 percent.

However, not all areas in the state are expected to benefit. In fact, the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metro area is only expected to see its population increase by 6.94 percent by 2030. That's the lowest of any area in Florida by far, and only represents a population growth of 303,101 people between Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties.

That's nothing compared to Orlando. That area is expected to grow by 48.96 percent by 2030 and is expected to have a total population of 3,335,937. The Tampa metro area is expected to grow by 22.75 percent, while neighboring Southwest Florida is expected to see a growth of 37.84 percent. (Southwest Florida will add more total people in that 20 year span than South Florida.)

The Miami area's population's demographics are also expected to continue to change. By the time 2030 comes around, Miami can expect to be home to about 240,000 less non-Hispanic white people, but over 400,000 more Hispanic people.

Meanwhile, the 20-49 demographic is expected to decrease, while the number of those over 65 is expected to see an uptick.

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Kyle Munzenrieder