Sunnier states in the United States saw the bulk of metro population growth between 2013 and 2014, according to new stats from the US Census Bureau.
The recently released data, which focused on population estimates for nearly 400 metro areas across the country, ranked The Villages, Florida as the top metro for population growth by percentage increase. Year-over-year, The Villages measured a 5.4 percent increase in its estimated population, bringing up its total to 114,350 people.
This was the second time in a row that The Villages came in first with the highest percentage increase, and it had a lot of company from other Florida metros at the top of the list. In the top 20, six of the rapidly growing metros were in the Sunshine State.
Texas also accounted for a number of high-ranking metros. Austin came in third among the 389 metro areas with an estimated population percentage increase of 3 percent. Odessa came in fourth, growing at 2.9 percent.
Which city added the most people over the span of a year? According to the estimates, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land saw its population swell by 156,371. It was followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, which saw an increase of 131,217. In other words, both metro areas added a city the size of The Villages to its population in just one year.
The Rust Belt fared far less well. Looking at the interactive map and sortable table (above), many of the metros clustered around the Great Lakes saw their populations stagnate or drop. However, the biggest percentage decrease was in Farmington, New Mexico, which lost 2.1 percent of its population.
Going by the total numbers instead of the overall percentage change, metros areas in Puerto Rico, such as San Juan-Carolina-Caguas saw the biggest drop in population estimates.