As some big cities lose residents, Jacksonville is adding them faster than most anywhere else


Jacksonville just keeps booming.

The metro population jumped to an estimated 1,534,701 people as of July 1, 2018, according to Census newly released data. That was an increase of 2. percent from the previous year, the fastest growth of any metro with at least 1 million residents.

That means the Jacksonville metro added 30,694 people from 2017 to 2018, or about 84 a day. Taking a deeper look at the data, there was a natural increase of 4,367 people (13,068 births versus 8,701 deaths) and net migration…

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