Fastest-growing counties in Florida

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July 1, 2022
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Fastest-growing counties in Florida

Why do people move from one county or region to another? The usual suspects are jobs, family, significant others, and overall cost of living, but there are other elements at play. For those with children, moving within close proximity of a highly rated school district is a key contributing factor. For younger adults just starting out, living someplace with a vibrant social scene might be a top priority. And for those whose careers have wound down after a lifetime of work, finding retirement-friendly communities is the goal—communities deemed to be safe, offer accessibility to medical resources and leisure activities in equal measure, and be affordable for those on a limited income.

This is, of course, by no means an exhaustive list. People’s reasons for choosing to live where they do are as diverse as people themselves.

As far as why certain counties across the U.S. have experienced growth, relocation is not the sole, or even primary, reason why. While more than 1,800 counties saw population gains in 2021, approximately 73% of all U.S. counties saw what the U.S. Census Bureau characterizes as a natural decrease. This was a significant jump from 2020, when 55.5% of countries experienced such a decrease. According to the Bureau, natural decrease is the simple result of “when there are more deaths than births in a population over a given time period.” In 2021, the conflation of fewer births with an aging population that was also absorbing a higher-than-usual mortality rate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to this “increased decrease.”

Nonetheless, as stated 1,800 counties nationwide have grown larger over the last year, and a sizable percentage of them are in Florida. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in Florida using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2020, based on the U.S. Decennial Census.

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#50. Dixie County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +337
--- #1,236 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.1%
--- #48 among counties in Florida, #1,175 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 16,759
--- #58 largest county in Florida, #1,986 largest county nationwide
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#49. Washington County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +422
--- #1,194 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.7%
--- #49 among counties in Florida, #1,229 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 25,318
--- #53 largest county in Florida, #1,590 largest county nationwide
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#48. Hendry County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +479
--- #1,154 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.2%
--- #50 among counties in Florida, #1,304 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 39,619
--- #47 largest county in Florida, #1,190 largest county nationwide
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#47. Union County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +612
--- #1,116 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.9%
--- #44 among counties in Florida, #934 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 16,147
--- #59 largest county in Florida, #2,025 largest county nationwide
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#46. Franklin County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +902
--- #1,028 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.8%
--- #37 among counties in Florida, #578 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 12,451
--- #64 largest county in Florida, #2,246 largest county nationwide

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#45. Gilchrist County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +925
--- #1,021 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.5%
--- #39 among counties in Florida, #778 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 17,864
--- #57 largest county in Florida, #1,927 largest county nationwide
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#44. Baker County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +1,144
--- #969 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.2%
--- #43 among counties in Florida, #906 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 28,259
--- #51 largest county in Florida, #1,487 largest county nationwide
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#43. Suwannee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +1,923
--- #829 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.6%
--- #42 among counties in Florida, #858 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 43,474
--- #44 largest county in Florida, #1,107 largest county nationwide
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#42. Levy County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,114
--- #803 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.2%
--- #40 among counties in Florida, #798 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 42,915
--- #45 largest county in Florida, #1,120 largest county nationwide
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#41. Columbia County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,167
--- #796 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.2%
--- #46 among counties in Florida, #1,023 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 69,698
--- #41 largest county in Florida, #774 largest county nationwide

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#40. Highlands County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,449
--- #754 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.5%
--- #47 among counties in Florida, #1,120 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 101,235
--- #36 largest county in Florida, #598 largest county nationwide
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#39. Wakulla County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,988
--- #709 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.7%
--- #32 among counties in Florida, #440 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 33,764
--- #49 largest county in Florida, #1,335 largest county nationwide
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#38. Bay County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +6,364
--- #521 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.8%
--- #45 among counties in Florida, #957 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 175,216
--- #30 largest county in Florida, #378 largest county nationwide
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#37. Monroe County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +9,784
--- #430 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.4%
--- #24 among counties in Florida, #268 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 82,874
--- #38 largest county in Florida, #693 largest county nationwide
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#36. Martin County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +12,113
--- #386 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.3%
--- #34 among counties in Florida, #541 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 158,431
--- #32 largest county in Florida, #424 largest county nationwide

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#35. Citrus County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +12,607
--- #381 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.9%
--- #33 among counties in Florida, #491 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 153,843
--- #33 largest county in Florida, #442 largest county nationwide
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#34. Leon County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +16,711
--- #327 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.1%
--- #38 among counties in Florida, #709 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 292,198
--- #22 largest county in Florida, #242 largest county nationwide
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#33. Nassau County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +17,038
--- #322 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +23.2%
--- #9 among counties in Florida, #82 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 90,352
--- #37 largest county in Florida, #659 largest county nationwide
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#32. Flagler County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +19,682
--- #296 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.6%
--- #12 among counties in Florida, #105 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 115,378
--- #35 largest county in Florida, #542 largest county nationwide
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#31. Walton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +20,262
--- #289 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +36.8%
--- #4 among counties in Florida, #21 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 75,305
--- #39 largest county in Florida, #741 largest county nationwide

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#30. Hernando County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +21,737
--- #273 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +12.6%
--- #27 among counties in Florida, #302 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 194,515
--- #27 largest county in Florida, #347 largest county nationwide
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#29. Indian River County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +21,760
--- #272 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +15.8%
--- #19 among counties in Florida, #202 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 159,788
--- #31 largest county in Florida, #421 largest county nationwide
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#28. Escambia County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +24,286
--- #253 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.2%
--- #36 among counties in Florida, #556 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 321,905
--- #21 largest county in Florida, #224 largest county nationwide
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#27. Charlotte County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +26,869
--- #238 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +16.8%
--- #18 among counties in Florida, #170 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 186,847
--- #29 largest county in Florida, #357 largest county nationwide
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#26. Clay County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +27,380
--- #233 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.3%
--- #22 among counties in Florida, #245 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 218,245
--- #25 largest county in Florida, #315 largest county nationwide

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#25. Okaloosa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +30,846
--- #212 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +17.1%
--- #16 among counties in Florida, #164 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 211,668
--- #26 largest county in Florida, #324 largest county nationwide
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#24. Alachua County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +31,132
--- #207 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +12.6%
--- #26 among counties in Florida, #300 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 278,468
--- #23 largest county in Florida, #251 largest county nationwide
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#23. Sumter County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +36,332
--- #177 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +38.9%
--- #3 among counties in Florida, #19 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 129,752
--- #34 largest county in Florida, #497 largest county nationwide
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#22. Santa Rosa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +36,628
--- #176 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +24.2%
--- #7 among counties in Florida, #75 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 188,000
--- #28 largest county in Florida, #355 largest county nationwide
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#21. Pinellas County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +42,565
--- #151 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.6%
--- #41 among counties in Florida, #856 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 959,107
--- #7 largest county in Florida, #53 largest county nationwide

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#20. Marion County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +44,610
--- #145 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.5%
--- #23 among counties in Florida, #264 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 375,908
--- #18 largest county in Florida, #191 largest county nationwide
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#19. Seminole County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +48,138
--- #136 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.4%
--- #30 among counties in Florida, #350 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 470,856
--- #13 largest county in Florida, #153 largest county nationwide
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#18. St. Lucie County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +51,437
--- #128 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +18.5%
--- #15 among counties in Florida, #136 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 329,226
--- #20 largest county in Florida, #217 largest county nationwide
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#17. Collier County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +54,232
--- #121 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +16.9%
--- #17 among counties in Florida, #168 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 375,752
--- #19 largest county in Florida, #192 largest county nationwide
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#16. Sarasota County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +54,558
--- #120 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +14.4%
--- #21 among counties in Florida, #243 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 434,006
--- #14 largest county in Florida, #164 largest county nationwide

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#15. Volusia County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +58,950
--- #108 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.9%
--- #28 among counties in Florida, #328 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 553,543
--- #12 largest county in Florida, #125 largest county nationwide
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#14. Brevard County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +63,236
--- #100 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.6%
--- #29 among counties in Florida, #343 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 606,612
--- #10 largest county in Florida, #113 largest county nationwide
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#13. Manatee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +76,877
--- #75 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +23.8%
--- #8 among counties in Florida, #79 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 399,710
--- #15 largest county in Florida, #180 largest county nationwide
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#12. St. Johns County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +83,386
--- #61 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +43.9%
--- #2 among counties in Florida, #12 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 273,425
--- #24 largest county in Florida, #254 largest county nationwide
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#11. Lake County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +86,904
--- #59 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +29.3%
--- #5 among counties in Florida, #41 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 383,956
--- #17 largest county in Florida, #188 largest county nationwide

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#10. Pasco County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +97,194
--- #51 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.9%
--- #11 among counties in Florida, #100 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 561,891
--- #11 largest county in Florida, #123 largest county nationwide
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#9. Osceola County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +119,971
--- #42 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +44.7%
--- #1 among counties in Florida, #10 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 388,656
--- #16 largest county in Florida, #183 largest county nationwide
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#8. Polk County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +122,951
--- #41 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.4%
--- #13 among counties in Florida, #108 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 725,046
--- #9 largest county in Florida, #92 largest county nationwide
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#7. Duval County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +131,304
--- #37 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +15.2%
--- #20 among counties in Florida, #222 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 995,567
--- #6 largest county in Florida, #50 largest county nationwide
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#6. Lee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +142,068
--- #36 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +23.0%
--- #10 among counties in Florida, #85 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 760,822
--- #8 largest county in Florida, #88 largest county nationwide

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#5. Palm Beach County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +172,057
--- #26 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.0%
--- #25 among counties in Florida, #290 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,492,191
--- #3 largest county in Florida, #26 largest county nationwide
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#4. Broward County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +196,309
--- #19 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.2%
--- #31 among counties in Florida, #357 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,944,375
--- #2 largest county in Florida, #17 largest county nationwide
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#3. Miami-Dade County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +205,332
--- #17 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.2%
--- #35 among counties in Florida, #546 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,701,767
--- #1 largest county in Florida, #8 largest county nationwide
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#2. Hillsborough County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +230,536
--- #14 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +18.8%
--- #14 among counties in Florida, #135 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,459,762
--- #4 largest county in Florida, #28 largest county nationwide
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#1. Orange County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +283,952
--- #7 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +24.8%
--- #6 among counties in Florida, #68 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 1,429,908
--- #5 largest county in Florida, #29 largest county nationwide

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