Orlando Sentinel: 21.3 million people call Florida home, U.S. Census says

Article Posted on December 19, 2018

By: Orlando Sentinel

Florida’s population grew to 21.3 million as of July, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed Wednesday.

Almost 2.5 million people have moved to the state since the beginning of the decade, the report said.

The Sunshine State has grown by 13.3 percent in the past eight years, and Florida remains the nation's third most populous state behind California and Texas.

Almost all of the growth was driven by migration rather than births. Over half of the new arrivals came from other parts of the United States and just under half came from abroad.

Florida grew by more than 322,000 residents from July 2017 to July 2018.

In pure numbers, only Texas added more people in a single year.

Florida's growth rate in the last year was 1.5 percent, surpassed only by Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Arizona…

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