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Florida Retirement Community The Fastest Growing U.S. City

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The Villages, a serene retirement hometown in Florida has been designated as the fastest-growing metro in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, as per Census estimates released on Thursday.

The Villages - located to the west of the Orlando metro area - grew by 5.4 percent between July 1, 2013 and 2014 to reach a population of about 114,000. This is as per the Census Bureau metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates.

Florida was home to the nation's fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014, driven by metro areas and counties within the state, and at a time of increasing migration from other states and abroad. Another state that is seeing numerical growth is Texas.

The Census shows that Florida contained seven of the nation's top 50 numerically gaining metro areas between July 2013 and July 2014.

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (with a one-year gain of about 66,000); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (about 50,000); and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (about 41,000) are some of the key gainers.

Apart from the Villages, six metro areas in Florida were among the 20 fastest-growing in the nation between 2013 and 2014.

In the Lone Star area, there were two states -- Texas (with 11) and California (with 10) -- with even more counties than Florida on the list of the top 50 numerical gainers, the Census showed.

Texas metros -- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington -- were at the top in the country to add more than 100,000 residents over the 2013-2014 period.

With a population increase of 8.7 percent from July 1, 2013 to July 2014, Williams, N.D., remained the nation's fastest-growing county (among counties with populations of 10,000 or more in 2013).

Los Angeles, California, is still the nation's most populous county with a July 2014, population surpassing 10.1 million.

Between 2013 and 2014, North Carolina became the ninth-most populous state (up from 10th); growth was fueled by two counties - Wake (Raleigh) and Mecklenburg (Charlotte) - that were among the 50 top numerical gainers in the nation.

New York fell out of third place in state population between 2013 and 2014, but it did have three counties among the top 50 numerical gainers: Kings (Brooklyn); Queens; and Bronx.

Among the largest counties (those with total populations of 250,000 or more in 2013), the three fastest growing were in Texas: Fort Bend, Montgomery and Williamson.

Among metros, the Carolinas were home to four of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas between 2013 and 2014:

The Census shows that the nation's metro areas contained about 272.7 million people in 2014, an increase of about 2.4 million from 2013. Overall, 298 of the 381 metro areas in the U.S. gained population between 2013 and 2014.

Meanwhile, the nation's micro areas contained about 27.2 million people in 2014, an increase of about 13,000 from 2013; the two fastest-growing micro areas were in North Dakota: Williston and Dickinson.

The Census Bureau said it would, in the coming months, release 2014 demography-wise population estimates.

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