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Despite sinkholes, hurricanes, high unemployment, and massive housing foreclosures, Florida still ranks among the country’s three top growth states, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The Sunshine State gained almost 3 million people in the past decade  and today boasts a population of 19 million, a 17 percent hike since the previous nationwide tally in 2000.

Miami-Dade, with a population of 2,496,435, ranks as Florida’s largest county. The other counties in the state’s top five are Broward, with a population of 1,748,066 (increase of 7.7 percent since 2000); Palm Beach, 1,320,134 (increase of 16.7 percent); Hillsborough, 1,229,226 (increase of 23.1 percent); and Orange, 1,145,956 (increase of 27.8 percent). Miami-Dade posted a 10.8 percent growth rate. While Pinellas is the most densely populated county in the state, it showed a dip in population, going from Florida’s fifth most-populous county in 2000 to sixth in 2010.

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