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A spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers on February 28, 2021 at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.

It’s not your imagination. New info from the Census shows that Polk County is among a small handful of areas with the most growth in the country. The New York Times reports that big urban city populations are dwindling for the second year in a row. Lakeland-Winter Haven tied for 2nd in terms in a list of the top 10 fastest growing metro areas in 2020. The only area with bigger growth was Austin, Texas. Lakeland tied with Boise City, Idaho with a 2.7% uptick in population.

Real estate reality check: What's the market like in Polk County?

Real estate reality check: What's the market like in Polk County?

The big cities where people moved out the most? The big 3… New York, LA and Chicago. The mid-size cities with the biggest population dips included Worcester, Poughkeepsie, Baltimore, and New Orleans. A few big cities did see a jump, including Providence and San Diego. [Source: New York Times]

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