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South Florida's Growth: Driven By Its Urban Centers

July 11, 2023

South Florida is unlike other Sun Belt regions according to a recent analysis conducted by The Brookings Institution.

While most Sun Belt metro areas have seen their growth largely concentrated in the suburbs, South Florida is a notable exception.

Brookings found that the growth rate of South Florida’s biggest cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale outpaced the suburbs for 11 of the past 12 years.

  • South Florida’s biggest cities grew at a rate 62.5% faster than the suburbs.

  • In the last year alone, Miami and Fort Lauderdale grew at a rate triple that of their suburban bedroom communities.

See how South Florida’s urban centers stack up to other regions:

As the 8th largest metro area in the country, South Florida has a population that is:

  • More than the Orlando and Tampa metro areas combined.

  • More than the Nashville and Charlotte regions combined.

  • Triple the size of Austin.

Regional Rankings by Population:

  • 8th: South Florida

  • 9th: Atlanta

  • 18th: Tampa

  • 22nd: Orlando

  • 23rd: Charlotte

  • 28th: Austin

  • 36th: Nashville

Source: Table C, Growth rates for primary cities and suburbs, 2010-11 through 2020-2022


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