Rate of Population Change
What does this measure?
The change in the number of residents in a particular area, from 2000 through 2015.
Why is this important?
Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities. Communities experiencing rapid growth or decline face unique challenges and must adjust their response to the new size and character of their population.
How is our region doing?
From 2000 through 2015, the population of the Gulf Coast region increased 28%, 1 percentage point higher than the rate of increase experienced by Florida and almost double the national rate of 14%. Sarasota County's population grew 24% over that period, second only to Manatee (38%) among the counties of the Gulf Coast. Charlotte and DeSoto grew by 22% and 10%, respectively. Despite Manatee's steep growth over that period, 4 of its 6 incorporated municipalities actually lost population, and no municipality grew more than 10%. Instead, Manatee's unincorporated areas were primarily responsible for its population growth, increasing 31% from 2000 through 2015.
The cities in the region that increased the most from 2000 through 2015 Venice (20%), Punta Gorda (24%), and North Port (173%). Those with the largest declines were Holmes Beach (-15%), and Bradenton Beach (-16%).
Notes about the data
Data for this indicator are released annually in July.