CHARLOTTE COUNTY (SNN TV) - Four of the nation’s top 10 metro areas with the highest population growth last year were in Florida — more than any other state, and one is here on the Suncoast.

According to new US Census data, Punta Gorda was in the Top 10. The Villages, Lakeland-Winter Haven and Cape Coral-Fort Myers all saw their numbers pop by more than 3 percent.

A pair of Florida counties made the top 10 list of numeric population hikes. Both Polk and Lee counties added more than 20,000 residents in 2021.

Miami-Dade County — which lost 38,990 residents in 2021 — was the only Florida entrant on the residents lost list. Los Angeles County lost the most residents with 184,000.

Statewide, Florida’s population increased by 211,000 between July 2020 and July 2021, according to the census report — second only to Texas.