Tampa Bay Had Biggest Net Domestic Inward Migration in Florida

The TAMPA BAY metro area posted the biggest net domestic inward migration among Florida’s 21 large metro areas over the 5-year period from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015, based on population change data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

A total of 117,000 people from other US states moved to the Tampa Bay metro area over this 5-year period. This accounted for 19.7% or nearly one-fifth of all people who moved to Florida’s 21 large metro areas. The next metro areas with the biggest number of domestic inward migrants were the Orlando and Sarasota metro areas.

If international inward migrants are considered, the Miami metro area topped all other metro areas, with 338,296 people moving to Miami over this 5-year period. Overwhelmingly, foreigners trooped to Miami, accounting for 99.2% of total migration to Miami from 2010 to 2015.

 

Rank Metro Area Net Migration Net Domestic Net International
Migration Migration
1 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 338,296 2,659 335,637
2 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 189,354 102,882 86,472
3 TAMPA-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 176,744 117,000 59,744
4 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 77,820 67,161 10,659
5 Jacksonville 70,439 48,452 21,987
6 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 42,799 36,143 6,656
7 Lakeland-Winter Haven 40,367 25,388 14,979
8 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island 34,572 23,756 10,816
9 Port St. Lucie 32,613 27,329 5,284
10 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 30,354 24,205 6,149
11 The Villages 30,145 29,931 214
12 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 21,708 15,577 6,131
13 Punta Gorda 19,957 18,535 1,422
14 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 19,163 15,630 3,533
15 Ocala 17,207 14,528 2,679
16 Sebastian-Vero Beach 12,758 11,331 1,427
17 Panama City 9,738 7,958 1,780
18 Gainesville 6,813 -509 7,322
19 Homosassa Springs 6,775 6,341 434
20 Sebring 3,525 2,393 1,132
21 Tallahassee 1,216 -3,057 4,273
FLORIDA  594,806

Among the 21 metro areas, the capital metro area, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, had a negative domestic inward migration. It was the foreigners that made up for the bigger number of residents who left Tallahassee and Gainesville for other metro areas or other US states.