We’re growing fast, changing rapidly.
Of the 680,000+ people that were added to the region between the 2000 Census, and the 2010 Census the majority were new immigrants. Natural increase resulting from new births amounted to less than half the total of immigration.
Historically, the highest concentration of the region’s population has been in Miami-Dade County, which accounts for 40 percent of the region’s population. North of Miami-Dade-Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River-the population progressively decreases northward, however, by percent- age, St. Lucie County is the fastest growing county in the region. In terms of urban density, Miami-Dade County has the highest density, while Monroe, Martin, and Indian River counties have the lowest.
The population distribution follows migration patterns. Miami- Dade County is the entry point for most new immigrant arrivals, who often have networks of friends and relatives in the greater Miami area.
Three factors affect growth in the region:
Domestic Migration – how many new residents come to the region from rest of Florida or from other states; how many are lost from the region to the rest of Florida or other states.
Immigration – how many come to the region from out of country or are foreign born; how many are lost from the region to foreign countries.
Natural Increase – how many grow in the region due to births; how many are lost due to deaths.
Notably, the percentage of population that was foreign-born in Southeast Florida is exceptionally high. In 2O1O, Miami-Dade was the only county in the United States whose population was more than 50 percent foreign born. Demographers have noted that what is occurring today in Southeast Florida is a microcosm of the migration trends that will characterize regions through- out the United States over the next several decades.
Another important factor in the Seven50 region’s demographic profile is its pattern of age distribution. The region’s 17 percent of residents over the age of 6S is high compared to the national average, but consistent with the state of Florida overall.