The fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States is a retirement community
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused population displacement across the country, with many cities fleeing overcrowded towns and opting for more spacious suburban areas in an attempt to escape public health restrictions and take advantage of low interest rates.
While many coastal residents were behind this migration, recently released 2020 US Census Bureau data reveals that the fastest growing metropolitan area is not around Los Angeles or New York. , but in Florida.
Villages, one of the most popular retirement communities in the country, have been dubbed the fastest growing US metropolitan area between the 2010 census and the 2020 census. It grew by 39% during the last year. decade, from 93,000 people to around 130,000 inhabitants.
Located in central Florida in Sumter County, The Villages is a collection of planned retirement communities with plenty of amenities including golf courses, swimming pools, and on-site entertainment venues.
Through its website, The Villages complex was ranked as the best âactive adult communityâ in the United States in 2020 for the 11th consecutive year.
Other census data shows that Sumter County is relatively less populated than other counties in the state, such as Duval, Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Pinellas.
Data from 2019 shows that just over 90% of Sumter County residents identify as white and 85% specify that they are not of Hispanic or Latino descent. It is primarily made up of residents over the age of 65, who make up over 58 percent of the county’s population.
The Villages once made headlines as a Republican stronghold that helped give former President Trump a solid victory in Florida in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, the community has grown into a common campaign stop for other GOP politicians.