Tampa Bay Grew by Nearly 60,000 — 13th Biggest Growth Among 392 US Metro Areas

The Tampa Bay metro area had the 13th biggest population growth over the year ended July 1, 2015 among 392 metro areas in the U.S., based on data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Tampa Bay area or Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area increased by 57,412, pushing Tampa Bay’s population to 2,975,225, nearly three million, as of July 1, 2015.

Among Florida metro areas, the Tampa Bay area posted the third biggest growth, behind the Miami metro area, which ranked 7th and the Orlando metro area, which ranked

TOP 30 METRO AREAS by GROWTH

Ranking Metro Area Population Growth in
by as of Population
Growth July 1, 2015 from 2014 to 2015
1 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas 6,656,947 159,083
2 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 7,102,796 144,704
3 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia 5,710,795 95,431
4 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona 4,574,531 87,988
5 New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania 20,182,305 87,186
6 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California 13,340,068 85,671
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida 6,012,331 75,231
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia 6,097,684 63,793
9 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington 3,733,580 60,714
10 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida 2,387,138 60,409
11 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California 4,656,132 60,152
12 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado 2,814,330 58,474
13 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida 2,975,225 57,412
14 Austin-Round Rock, Texas 2,000,860 57,395
15 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas 2,384,075 51,285
16 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California 4,489,159 50,444
17 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North & South Carolina 2,426,363 47,186
18 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada 2,114,801 45,655
19 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon-Washington 2,389,228 40,621
20 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, Tennessee 1,830,345 36,435
21 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire 4,774,321 34,936
22 San Diego-Carlsbad, California 3,299,521 33,821
23 Raleigh, North Carolina 1,273,568 30,533
24 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, California 2,274,194 29,315
25 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin 3,524,583 28,927
26 Jacksonville, Florida 1,449,481 28,477
27 Columbus, Ohio 2,021,632 24,324
28 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida 701,982 22,749
29 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California 1,976,836 22,488
30 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1,358,452 20,833

By pace of population growth, the Tampa Bay area ranked 40th, with a growth rate of 2%.

TOP 20 METRO AREAS by GROWTH RATE

Ranking Metro Area Growth Rate
1 The Villages, Florida 4.3%
2 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South & North Carolina 3.5%
3 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida 3.3%
4 Midland, Texas 3.3%
5 Odessa, Texas 3.3%
6 Greeley, Colorado 3.2%
7 Austin-Round Rock, Texas 3.0%
8 Bend-Redmond, Oregon 2.9%
9 Punta Gorda, Florida 2.8%
10 Fort Collins, Colorado 2.7%
11 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida 2.7%
12 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina 2.6%
13 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida 2.6%
14 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida 2.6%
15 College Station-Bryan, Texas 2.6%
16 Raleigh, North Carolina 2.5%
17 St. George, Utah 2.5%
18 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas 2.4%
19 Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina 2.4%
20 Provo-Orem, Utah 2.4%

WHY ARE MORE PEOPLE COMING to the TAMPA BAY AREA?

1. Good weather
Many people in northern states no longer want to suffer long cold months. They want to be outdoors for most days of the year.

2. Employee relocation
We often get residential real estate inquiries from professionals who are being reassigned to companies or institutions in the Tampa Bay area.

3. Job opportunities
The Tampa Bay area and other large Florida metro areas are fast becoming hubs of information technology and biotechnology businesses. Over the past years, companies have been relocating and expanding in the area. These have been attracting millennials and other professionals to Tampa Bay.

4. Housing affordability
Home prices have gone up, but many homes are still affordable to a lot of people.

5. Affordable cost of living
Over the past few years, Tampa‚Äôs average cost living index (COLI) has been the lowest among Florida’s metro areas and among the lowest in the country, based on data from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

6. Access to top-rated Gulf beaches, theme parks and other water forms such as lakes and rivers
Residents don’t have to spend a lot of time and money to travel to beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers.

7. Availability of a lot of waterfront homes
There’s something about views of the water from one’s own abode, and something even more gratifying when one can just walk to one’s boat and enjoy the water.