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Fishkind Conversations: Florida's Urban Population Slowing But Still Growing

File photo of urban landscape courtesy of Pixabay (MarciMarc)
File photo of urban landscape courtesy of Pixabay (MarciMarc)

Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that population rates grew much more slowly than earlier in the decade in most of the nation’s largest cities.

The new data looked at changes in cities and towns (not focusing on counties or whole metropolitan areas) from mid-2017 to mid-2018. The weakening in growth appears to have started two years ago, and accelerated last year.

Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Darden Creston that this pattern was true for Florida as well. For example, population growth in Jacksonville peaked in 2016 with a gain of 14,600 compared to the gain of 12,200 in 2018, and similar slowing in growth occurred in Miami, Tampa, and Orlando comparing 2016 to 2018.

However, Fishkind says the data may say growth is slowing, but that doesn’t mean population numbers are actually falling.

Click on the Play Audio button to hear their conversation.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.
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