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Census: Florida leads nation with 6 of the nation's fastest-growing metro areas

WASHINGTON – The beautiful weather in Florida seems to be drawing more Americans, with the Sunshine State climbing the ranks of most populous states and fastest-growing cities.

The Villages, Florida, ranked as the nation’s fastest-growing metro area last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau. The city west of Orlando boasted a 5.4 per cent increase between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014.

Six Florida metro areas were among the 20 fastest-growing: Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton and Panama City.

The rest of the top five fastest-growing cities by per cent grow were Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metroplex in South Carolina and North Carolina at 3.2 per cent; the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas at 3 per cent; Odesa, Texas, at 2.9 per cent; and St. George, Utah, at 2.9 per cent.