Since 2010, the population growth rate of Escambia County, 5.7%, has lagged behind the growth of its neighboring counties–Okaloosa 11.3%, Santa Rosa 11.5%, and Baldwin Co., Ala. 13.8%. The rate slowed in Okaloosa in 2016, but Escambia was still half the growth of the other counties.
The Villages, Fla., a metro area west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area for the third year in a row, as its population increased 4.3 percent between 2014 and 2015. It was joined in the top 20 by five others in the Sunshine State: Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island.
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