Tops this Decade

The Villages® community is America’s fastest-growing hometown. From April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2018, the Census Bureau found the population of The Villages® community metropolitan statistical area grew from 93,420 to 128,754, an increase of 37.8%. The Villages® community growth rate for the time period was 10% higher than the second-place area, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which saw a 27.7% growth rate. The Census Bureau released the numbers today from its 2018 population survey. The Villages® community ranks among the top 10 metropolitan areas in another category as well. The area placed sixth, at 3.1%, in year-over-year growth. The leader in this category was Midland, Texas, which grew 4.3% from 2017 to 2018. And The Villages® community’s growth is predicted to continue. Estimates from the state’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research show that Sumter County will grow to an estimated 133,900 by April 1, 2020. In 2025, Sumter is expected to have 155,500 residents; in 2030 that number will climb to 175,100 and by April 1, 2040, it’s predicted that the county will have 206,200 residents.
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