Orlando area ranks eighth in the country for population growth

For the second year in a row, the Orlando metropolitan area has ranked number eight in the country in growth, based on the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. 

This area includes Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties which makes up the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the country at a population of roughly 2.51 million.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, 56,000 people moved to the Orlando area in 2017. 

From 2010 to 2017 the Orlando area has seen a growth in its population of 375,432, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2010 the area has seen growth of about 17.6% each year.

According to the Sentinel, Osceola county is the second-fastest-growing county in the state, just behind Walton County, and was ranked 10th in the country. This is due to a high Puerto Rican population in the area and the large number still arriving since Hurricane Maria.

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