Tampa is the 10th Fastest Growing Metro in the US report says
In 2017 the U.S. Census Bureau reports that just under 55,000 people moved to the Tampa Bay. This means that for the second year in a row, Tampa is in the top 10 in terms of population growth. In 2016 Tampa was ranked #7.
The Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area, (the area the Census Bureau measures is made up of) consists of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. This 4 county area contended with many parts of Texas for the most people moving in.
Tampa proved to be a popular location for Floridians from other parts of the state to move to. Also, a significat factor this year was the hurricane in Puerto Rico, which brought additional people to the area. How long and if they stay permanently is expected to hinge on the pace of rebuilding and recovery efforts on the island.
This fast pace of growth is not expected to slow for Tampa as a region nor for Florida as a whole. Florida's population grew by 430,000 in 2017, with Tampa making up almost 55,000 of that number. Both areas are expected to continue to grow at a fast past, with the Tampa MSAs population expected to hit 3.3 million in 5 years.