High Population Growth Rate In Florida

Rapid Population Growth In Florida


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People continue to migrate to Florida at substantial rates, and our existing population continues to grow. According to estimates, the population has already exceeded 18 million. Counties and towns that were once considered rural are now suburbs, and new communities are being created all the time. Here are some of statistics documenting this growth.

Florida's Population Growth
According to the State of Florida's Demographic Estimating Conference Database, the estimated population of Florida on October 1, 2005 was 18,050,396

Projections of Florida's Population
Based on 2003 population estimates, the projected population for the state of Florida in 2010 is 19,397,400. (Additional Florida population projections for specified years through 2030 are available in the 2004 Florida Statistical Abstract, published by the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research. To purchase the full report, visit http://www.bebr.ufl.edu/)

Florida's Fastest Growing Cities and Counties

  • The census bureau estimated Florida's 2002 population to be 16,713,149. State demographers believe Florida will replace New York as the third largest state in 2030, with an estimated population in that year of 24.5 million. (McGovern, Bernie, ed. Florida Almanac 2004-2005. Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2004.)
  • No county in Florida lost population. (McGovern, Bernie, ed. Florida Almanac 2004-2005. Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2004.)
  • Flagler County registered the largest population growth during the 90s: 74 percent, growing from 28,701 in 1990 to more than 48,000 in 2000. (McGovern, Bernie, ed. Florida Almanac 2004-2005. Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2004.)
  • Other counties experiencing explosive growth during the 90s were Sumter (69 percent) in Central Florida, Collier (65 percent) on the lower Gulf coast, and Wakulla (61 percent) in the Florida panhandle. (McGovern, Bernie, ed. Florida Almanac 2004-2005. Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2004.)
  • Naples in Collier County was the nation's second fastest-growing urban area, behind Las Vegas, Nevada. (McGovern, Bernie, ed. Florida Almanac 2004-2005. Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 2004.)
  • The following counties experienced the highest increase in population change from 2000 to 2004: Flagler County (38.5%), Osceola County (27.3%), Lake County (23.9), and St. Johns County (23.8) (U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/CO-EST2004-02.html)

News about Florida's Population Growth

  • "Florida's population expected to explode" - Editorial, The Seminole Chronicle, 6/9/06; Florida's population is expected to grow by leaps and bounds, and some regions of the state are looking for ways to better plan for the expected massive growth.
  • "Florida tops nation in number of new residents from other states" - Ron Word, Tallahassee Democrat, 4/22/06; Between 2000 and 2004 763,576 people moved to Florida from other states, making Florida the country's leader in the number of new residents from other states. The article cites jobs and the climate as reasons why people move to Florida.
  • "What urban sprawl costs you" — Rich Makay, Orlando Sentinel, 3/27/06; Quantifies the effects of living in a sprawling area versus living in a compact area. For example, living in a sprawling area costs you $2,708 more in taxes, 55 hours more in commuting, and adds 6 more pounds to your weight.
  • "Growing concern" - Linda Chapin, Orlando Sentinel, 7/31/05; Sprawl in the Central Florida area and the concerns that surround the rapid growth.
  • "The people are coming" -Derek Dunn-Rankin, Sun Herald, 7/24/05; The influx of people moving to the state of Florida.
  • "Florida Cities Growing Quickly" - Jennifer C. Kerr, Lakeland Ledger, 6/30/2005; Census Bureau statistics showing the Florida cities of Miramar, Port St. Lucie and Cape Coral as some of the fastest growing cities.
  • "Port St. Lucie--nation's fastest growing city" - Jim Reeder, Sofia Santana, Palm Beach Post, 6/30/2005; Census Bureau statistics showing Port St. Lucie was the fastest-growing city in the nation among those with populations of more than 100,000.

Updated 5/2006

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