20 Million And counting

By the end of 2013, Florida had passed New York as the third most populous state. By the middle of 2014, according to the U.S. Census, Florida’s population reached 19.9 million. The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research’s estimate is slightly lower – BEBR figures the population reached 19.81 million this April.

By either reckoning, Florida will have more than 20 million residents by the end of the year. Start with births, subtract deaths, add new arrivals from the U.S. and abroad, and Florida is gaining about 781 people per day – the equivalent of adding a city bigger than Orlando every year. In a quarter-century, the state’s population will hit 26.1 million, UF projects.

Some context: Florida is still growing, but not quite like used to. Recent decades saw the state add 3 million people per decade. Nor is Florida’s growth on par with growth in Texas, which is adding nearly 1,200 people a day.

Every Year, 285,000 New Floridians

Each year for the next five, Florida is expected to add about 285,000 people to its population. That increase will be spread across the state, of course, but seen collectively it amounts to adding a city bigger than Orlando each year.