Florida has the third largest population in USA with population over 20.6 million, which accounts for 6.38% of the US population. It is also the 8th most densely populated state in US. The state’s capital city is Tallahassee but the largest city by population in Florida is Jacksonville with population over 880,000. Florida has the highest percentage of people over 65 year’s old due to the fact that 186,102 military retirees living in the state in 2008.
The state is located in the South Central region of the country USA. It has a total area of 170,304 km2 which ranks 22nd largest state by size. Florida is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Based on our research, Florida population will reach 21.33 million by 1st July of 2018. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.59% over last 7 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.
Population Growth of Florida
Looking back last seven years of Florida’s population, the growth rate is strong and consistent ranging from 1.24% to 1.89%, adding around 0.24 million to 0.39 million people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to Florida to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other US states, Florida growth rate is above the average and one of the fastest growth states in the country.
Demographics of Florida
According to U.S. Census Bureau, 48.88 percent of the Florida population is male and 51.12 percent are female. Average male age is 39 and average female age is 42, so average state age is 42 that is well above national average age.
The top five races for people living in Florida are: White(72.5%),Black(23.9%),Asian(3.4%),Native(0.1%),Hispanic(28.6%).
The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Florida are: Spanish (19.54%), French Creole (1.84%), French(0.6%), Portuguese (0.5%) and German(0.42%). As you can see Spanish dominate the non-English speaking Language due to Latin American immigrant population.
The religious makeup of Florida is: Protestant(40%),Baptist(9%),Methodist(6%),Pentecostal(3%),Roman Catholic(26%),Jewish(3%),other religions(3%),non-religious(10%).
Population Density of Florida
Florida’s population density is 145 people per square kilometer, which is ranking 8th most populated state in US just after New York. Compared with the most populous density state, Florida is 3 times less density than New Jersey.
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Top 5 Largest Cities by Population
The population figures below are based on the estimated by United States Census. They are subject to change. We will endeavor to make the figures as accurate as possible.
Jacksonville – Being the most populous city in the U.S. state of Florida and the 12th-most populous city in the United States, the city has over 860,000 people that accounts for 4% of the state population. It is also the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The city’s population density is 454.89 per km2 … read more about Jasonville population 2018.
Miami– The city has the second largest population in Florida with population around 440,000 that accounts for 2.1% of the state population. Miami has just a bit over half the population of Jacksonville. Miami has the nickname of “Magic City”. Miami’s metro area is the eighth-most populous in the U.S… read more about Miami population 2018.
Tampa – The city has population over 380,000 that accounts for 1.7% of the state population. It is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay. Tampa is also the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. It has a nickname of cigar city. The city size is 293.75 km2 with population density of 1,283.97 per km2…read more about Tampa population 2018.
Orlando – The city has population over 280,000 that accounts for 1.3% of the state population. The city’s population is the fourth biggest in Florida after Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa. It is the 73rd-largest city in the United States and Florida’s largest inland city. Orlando is famously known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World”…read more about Orlando population 2018.
St. Petersburg – The city has population over 260,000 that accounts for 1.22% of the state population. St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa. The city’s Motto is “Always in Season”. The city has a nickname of “Sunshine City” due to an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year…read more about St. Petersburg population 2018.
Facts About Florida
- Florida is the flattest state in the USA as it is the state with the smallest difference between its highest and lowest points.
- With over 1,300 courses, Florida has more golf courses than any other State in the US.
- Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruit in the United States.
- The Port of Miami is the world’s largest cruise ship port.
- There were an estimated 675,000 illegal immigrants in the state in 2010, which is 5.7% of the population.
- In 2012, 75% of the population lived within 10 miles (16 km) of the coastline.
- Florida was the seventh fastest-growing state in the U.S. in the 12-month period ending July 1, 2012.
- It is estimated that approximately 4% of energy in the state is generated through renewable resources.
The following links provide data for this topic:
- U.S. Census Bureau: https://www.census.gov
- MyFlorida: http://www.myflorida.com/
- State of Florida: http://www.stateofflorida.com/