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FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH: Florida’s population grew fastest of any US state from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022, up 1.9%, the US Census Bureau reported last week. Florida had an estimated 22,244,823 residents on July 1, up from 21,828,069 a year earlier. “While Florida has often been among the largest-gaining states, this was the first time since 1957 that Florida has been the state with the largest percent increase in population,” said Kristie Wilder, a Census Bureau demographer in the population division. While topping states in percentage gains, Florida also had the second-largest rise in total residents. Its 416,754 jump trailed only Texas’ 470,708 gain. Florida still has the third-largest US population, behind California and Texas. Texas’ population grew 1.6% to 30,029,572 in the period, while California’s dipped 0.3% to 39,029,342. Other states with large percentage gains were Idaho at 1.8%, South Carolina 1.7%, and South Dakota and Montana 1.5%. States with the largest percentage losses were New York 0.9%, Illinois and Louisiana 0.8%, West Virginia 0.6% and Hawaii 0.5%.
LARGEST HOME PRICE RISE: Miami and Tampa topped metro areas in home-price increases in October compared to a year earlier, though prices are weakening nationally, according to an analysis released Tuesday. The Miami area had a 21% year-over-year rise and the Tampa area had a 20.5% increase, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index. The Charlotte area was third-highest, up 15%. But the report, which provides data on 20 metropolitan areas, said home-price increases have slowed. “As the Federal Reserve continues to move interest rates higher, mortgage financing continues to be a headwind for home prices,” said Craig J. Lazzara, managing director at S&P DJI, in a prepared statement. “Given the continuing prospects for a challenging macroeconomic environment, prices may well continue to weaken.”
EIGHTH STREET UPGRADES: The Florida Department of Transportation is to start a 16-month, $13.8 million project the week of Jan. 3 along Southwest Eighth Street from 74th Court to 27th Avenue. The work will add mid-block pedestrian crossings at Southwest 44th Avenue and Genoa Street; install pedestrian ramps, detectable warning surfaces, signage, pavement markings, countdown signals and pushbuttons; add high-emphasis crosswalks, reconstruct damaged sidewalks and remove abandoned driveways, upgrade light poles with light-emitting diodes (LED) and add traffic detection video at some intersections. The project includes adding some no-left-turn signs. Access to adjacent neighborhoods and businesses is to remain.