Population growth is back: See where Florida ranks

The new Restoration Hardware "mansion" in West Palm Beach is under construction on March 21, 2016. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

(Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

For decades, population growth was a crucial part of Florida’s economy. The growth engine stopped during the Great Recession, but now people are moving here again.

Florida posted the nation’s fourth-fastest pace of population growth from mid-2015 to mid-2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Our 1.8 percent growth rate trailed just Utah, Nevada and Idaho. (Since the 2010 census, Florida’s growth rate ranks sixth.)

Texas had the largest change in raw numbers of people, adding 432,957 residents, followed by Florida’s gain of 367,525 people over the past year.

West Virginia and Illinois lost the most residents.

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