Despite Lack Of Land, Miami’s Population Growth Ranked Eighth Last Year

The Miami metro area added 66,361 people between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, ranking eighth highest in the nation.

Overall, six of the nation’s 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas were in Florida, with Miami growing more than any other Florida metro. On a percentage basis, Florida’s The Villages grew fastest, growing at a rate of 5.4%.

Miami’s population gains were mostly fueled by international migration. Growth in the area came despite a recent trend that has seen Americans moving to the suburbs at an increasing rate. In the Miami area, there is little room for new suburban growth due to a lack of land.

On a county basis, Dade added about 21,000 new residents during the 12-month period. Broward gained 24,000 new residents, while Palm Beach grew by 22,000.




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6 years ago

I thought the Suburban flight was actually shrinking and cities were growing at faster rates?

6 years ago

If you go to any city in the Northeast you’ll soon realize that there is not a “lack of land.” There’s still plenty of room for growth

6 years ago

Despite lack of land???? You must be kidding.
Have you seen the size of Paris? The metropolitan area of Paris has 8 million people and it fits in the tri-county area that you are talking about 600 times. Mind you, it’s probably by far the most exquisite city in the world and its residents are happy as can be.

6 years ago

I hope this aerial view of Miami demostrates to all of these whiners who think Miami is building too many highrises that in reality Miami has room to accomodate a thousand more and it still wouldn’t affect suburbia.

6 years ago

We shouldn’t be building beyond our current borders. Concentrate on mass transit and building density. Suburban life should go way of the dinosaurs. Besides, why would anyone in their right mind want to live in Florida 2 hours from the beach?

Edin Coralic
6 years ago

There is no place in Florida you are 2 hours from the beach.

Juan Carlos Contreras
6 years ago

Suburbs aren’t growing. The growth all around the country is in the inner city.

Yet Another Anonymous
6 years ago

Don’t be misled by a few high-rises and biased examples. While downtowns are generally making a comeback, other inner city neighborhoods are still shrinking and suburbs may not be growing at historical paces, but are not exactly dying either.

6 years ago

All growth isn’t equal. No the suburbs aren’t dying there are a lot people moving to the suburbs no other reason then that is what they can afford. College educated people however are headed into cities.

6 years ago

There is no “lack of land” in the three county Miami SMSA (includes all of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. That is a typical example of journalistic misrepresentation by way of generalization without explanation.

What they mean is that there is a relative lack of land that has not already been developed into either commercial, residential, industrial or agricultural uses. All of that can and will eventually be redeveloped at some time or another.

Also, in South Florida, the state has imposed artificial “urban development boundaries” (UBDs) because of water conservation and efforts to protect wildlife, etc. Some of these, such as in parts of Broward County, are protecting empty zones that are arguably not needed for either purpose and so, over time, these will be extended. This will result in vast areas suddenly being opened to development. And Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties still have vast areas that are currently in agricultural use but will ultimately be converted to urban development, at least in part and those are well within the current UBD’s.

Nevertheless, it is true that the ongoing trend nationally and especially in South Florida is for repopulation of center city areas and this process is entirely or at least mostly tied to urban redevelopment and results in higher population densities overall, such as found in European cities, such as Paris, as someone mentioned. If Miami-Dade County had the same population density today as New York City, its currently developed areas would total at least 8 million people, for example. So suggesting that there is a “lack of land” is most misleading indeed.

6 years ago