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More than 300,000 people have moved to Florida each year since 2015 and state economists are predicting the trend to continue into 2024.

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State demographers estimate Florida’s population will surpass 22 million residents as soon as 2022.

Forecasts released earlier this month by the Demographic Estimating Conference estimate that Florida will grow an average of 330,000 people a year over the next five years.

With 21.3 million people, Florida is the nation’s third most populous state, trailing only California and Texas.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Florida had the second-biggest population gain in 2018, growing by more than 322,000 residents. Only Texas had bigger growth by adding 379,000 residents.

Florida Population Climbs To 21.3 Million

Dec 20, 2018

It wasn’t so long ago that Florida was trying catch New York.

Now -- at least in the population game -- it has left New York in the dust.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday released new estimates showing Florida had about 21.3 million residents as of July 1, cementing Florida’s place as the third most-populous state behind California and Texas.

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Looking from atop the ridge at U.S. Highway 27 as it follows the sandy central spine of the state, you can see brand-new red roofs roll in waves down the hills to Interstate 4.

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A new estimate shows Florida's population grew by almost 11 percent in the past eight years.

The last time the federal government asked about citizenship status on the U.S. census was 1950. Now federal officials plan to do it again in 2020.

Population growth in Florida is below projected census expectations and is slowing down overall. 

In 2011, Florida made sweeping changes to the laws regulating new development. Now legislators are re-examining how the state is juggling the needs of a growing population. At the time, lawmakers characterized state oversight of development as bad for business, and said rolling back the regulations would boost job creation. Cutting growth management was also a campaign push for then candidate Rick Scott.

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Florida had the second-biggest population gain of any state in the nation in the past year.

New figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Florida gained more than 365,000 people from July 2014 to July 2015.

Tampa, Orlando Growth Behind State Population Boon

Mar 26, 2015
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People moving to the Interstate 4 corridor and South Florida propelled the state's population to almost 20 million residents last year, allowing it to surpass New York as the nation's third-largest state, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.

More than half of Florida's growth last year came from three metropolitan areas: South Florida, Orlando and Tampa. With Florida adding another 292,000 residents last year, the state now has 19.9 million residents, trailing only California and Texas.

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Earlier this year, PolitiFact Florida gave a "mostly false" grade to Senator Bill Nelson's claim that Florida had passed New York to become the nation's third most populous state.

It turns out Sen. Nelson was right - he was just a few months off.

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday, Florida added an average of just over 800 new residents daily between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. Such growth helped the Sunshine State finally move past New York in the latest state population estimates.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson wants Florida to be ready if and when a hurricane strikes.

That's why during a recent Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Nelson argued against cuts to the Florida National Guard.

As he made his argument, Nelson also took a little jab at New York State.

Nelson said, ""My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."