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Density Growth Across the U.S. Over the Decade

MONDAY, SEP 05, 2022

If it looks as though there are 182 more people per square mile in Cape Coral, Fla., than there were a decade ago, that’s because there are. The Florida metro has added the second-greatest number of people per square mile since 2010, according to a Social Explorer analysis of 2020 Census data. Cape Coral trailed perennially crowded New York (+186) but topped San Francisco (+167) for dense growth over the decade.

Florida metros accounted for four of the largest increases in density; Tampa ranked fourth (+156); Orlando, fifth (+154); and Miami 10th (+113). The Texas metros of Dallas ranked sixth (+146), followed by Houston (+145, and Austin (+134). Raleigh, N.C., also snuck into the top 10 at No. 9, adding 134 people per square mile.

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Population Density, 2010-2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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