Tampa's the only larger Florida city on Census Bureau's list of fast growing cities
Tampa's growing faster than most cities, despite the slower economy. (Photo: Downtown Twiggs Street, Kathleen Flynn, Tampa Bay Times.)
Wake up and good morning. The days of mass in-migration to Florida may be gone for now but Tampa still managed to be one of the top 15 fastest growing large cities in the U.S., says a new Census Bureau list. The ranking, in which Tampa is No. 12, covers the period of April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011.
Tampa is the only larger Florida city to make the top 15. The list otherwise is dominated by eight Texas cities, though No. 1 is New Orleans, which is finally benefiting from the return of residents after Hurricane Katrina.
The census list says Tampa grew by 3.1 percent in that timeframe, raising its population to 346,037. Austin and Denver also stood out in the rankings because they grew faster than Tampa while having much larger populations. Read more details here from the U.S. Census Bureau.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times