St. Johns County Growth Information

St. Johns County was eighth-fastest growing county in US last year

Stuart Korfhage

Posted Apr 18, 2019 at 5:54 PM
Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 5:54 PM

In a state with communities slurping up new residents by the tens of thousands, St. Johns County was among the fastest-growing counties in the country from mid-2017 to mid-2018 but just third in Florida.

The U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates on Thursday that showed this county added about 11,000 residents over that period for a total population of 254,261 as of July 1, 2018. That increase of 4.2 percent in one year made St. Johns County the eighth-fastest growing county in the country.

The list (among counties with at least 20,000 people) was topped by Williams County of North Dakota at 5.9 percent. The other Florida counties on the list were Walton County (4.5 percent) and Osceola County (4.3 percent).

As for the largest numerical growth, Arizona’s Maricopa County led the way with 81,244 more residents. Florida’s Orange County was seventh with 27,712 additional residents, and Hillsborough County was 10th with 26,773.

The population of St. Johns County has grown about 34 percent since the last full Census report in 2010. The county has more than doubled in size since the 2000 report.
Indications are the county will continue rank among the top-growing counties for years to come. There are tens of thousands of new homes approved that have not been built. And more residential developments are approved almost every month — although many of them are small-scale projects.

One of the county’s biggest developments, SilverLeaf, is just now coming online and could include more than 10,000 homes between County Road 210 and State Road 16. Other large developments like Nocatee and RiverTown have established residents but still have capacity for thousands more homes. READ MORE

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