By: Thomas Signorello, August 16, 2015
People moving to the Interstate 4 corridor and South Florida drove the state's population growth to nearly 20 million residents last year, allowing Florida to surpass New York as the nation's third-largest state.
New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show more than half of the growth in Florida last year came from three metropolitan areas: South Florida, Orlando and Tampa.
Florida now trails only California and Texas in population.
Metro Orlando increased by about 50,000 new residents, and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region jumped by 41,000 people.
The Villages, the retirement community northwest of Orlando, was the nation's fastest growing city, increasing by 5.4 percent.