They keep coming. According to the latest report by the U.S. Census Bureau, from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022 Florida’s population increased by 1.9 percent. In the census, Florida is the third most populous state in the union and saw an increase of 416,754 people over that one year span. Other states people are flocking to include Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Montana. All of those states saw an increase of more than 1 and one half percent. Texas also saw sizeable gains and now joins California as the only other state with more than 30 million residents.
States that saw the biggest exodus include New York, Illinois, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Hawaii. New York leading that group with a population decrease of .9%. Nationwide, the U.S. grew at a rate of 0.4% to 333,287,557 residents in 2022.
So where is everyone coming from? It’s reported that “The South, already the most populous area of the country, was the fastest-growing and largest-gaining region in the U.S., Census data shows. There was a net gain of 414,740 immigrants from foreign countries in the region, as well as 867,935 new residents from other U.S. states, for a total of 1,282,675 new residents. ”
Since this census period ended before Hurricane Ian hit Florida, it’s not totally clear if this population growth will continue.
But it is likely. As we reported earlier this month, “Even After Hurricane Ian, People Are Still Leaving Cities Like San Francisco, New York, And Chicago And Moving To Cape Coral And North Port”. That report follows data from Redfin, which includes the month of October. And the price of homes on Fort Myers Beach that were heavily damaged or even completely destroyed during the hurricane shows that demand in our area is still high.
Fort Myers Beach Homes That Were Completely Destroyed By Hurricane Ian Are Now Being Sold For Millions Of Dollars