South Florida’s Growth: Driven By Its Urban Centers
South Florida is unlike other Sun Belt regions according to a recent analysis conducted by The Brookings Institution.
While most Sun Belt metro areas have seen their growth largely concentrated in the suburbs, South Florida is a notable exception.
Brookings found that the growth rate of South Florida’s biggest cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale outpaced the suburbs for 11 of the past 12 years.
- South Florida’s biggest cities grew at a rate 62.5% faster than the suburbs.
- In the last year alone, Miami and Fort Lauderdale grew at a rate triple that of their suburban bedroom communities.
See how South Florida’s urban centers stack up to other regions:
As the 8th largest metro area in the country, South Florida has a population that is:
- More than the Orlando and Tampa metro areas combined.
- More than the Nashville and Charlotte regions combined.
- Triple the size of Austin.
Regional Rankings by Population:
- 8th: South Florida
- 9th: Atlanta
- 18th: Tampa
- 22nd: Orlando
- 23rd: Charlotte
- 28th: Austin
- 36th: Nashville