Special Report

Metro Areas With the Biggest Pandemic Population Increase

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5. The Villages, FL
> Net population change, 2020-2021: +3.6% (+4,741 people)
> Net change from migration: +7,105 people
> Natural population change: -2,253
> Total population, 2021: 135,638

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4. Punta Gorda, FL
> Net population change, 2020-2021: +3.7% (+6,883 people)
> Net change from migration: +9,526 people
> Natural population change: -2,498
> Total population, 2021: 194,843

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3. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
> Net population change, 2020-2021: +3.7% (+18,212 people)
> Net change from migration: +21,921 people
> Natural population change: -3,421
> Total population, 2021: 509,794

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2. Coeur d’Alene, ID
> Net population change, 2020-2021: +4.1% (+7,143 people)
> Net change from migration: +7,283 people
> Natural population change: -33
> Total population, 2021: 179,789

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1. St. George, UT
> Net population change, 2020-2021: +5.1% (+9,302 people)
> Net change from migration: +9,204 people
> Natural population change: +237
> Total population, 2021: 191,226

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