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Low Taxes, Weather Make Florida Cities Fastest-Growing in U.S.

  • Southern states dominate Census Bureau’s annual tabulation
  • Idaho, Utah entries show Americans still love mountains, too
A worker nails a piece of lumber to a wall frame on the site of a home under construction in Ellenton, Florida, on July 6, 2017. 

A worker nails a piece of lumber to a wall frame on the site of a home under construction in Ellenton, Florida, on July 6, 2017. 

Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Sun, low taxes -- and proximity to Legoland -- helped propel Florida cities to the top of the fastest-growing U.S. metro-areas list.

The Lakeland-Winter Haven community, 35 miles east of Tampa, grew 2.9 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the Census Bureau. The top 10 included four Florida metro areas and reinforced the notion that Americans love their sun. And the lack of a state income tax. And their Legos.