The fastest-growing metro area in the U.S. is The Villages. The Central Florida retirement community population has grown by nearly 38 percent since 2010, according to data by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Orlando came in as the ninth-fastest nationally, at 20 percent since 2010.
No other place in the nation came close to the growth peace of The Villages between 2010 and 2018 when the once-rural community grew by more than 35,000 people.
Nancy Deichman, a RE/MAX Premier Realty broker, said there are "three offices in The Villages ... and right now, another 49,000 homes are being planned". In recent years, it began to proliferate into Lake and Marion counties, being centered in Sumter County.
In 1970, the median age was about 30, and by 2020, it's expected to be about 67. A lot of those younger age people that may be there right now could be planning to move somewhere closer to the central part of Orlando.