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Population and Demography of Florida

Florida is a state located in the Southeastern United States & borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west,  Alabama to the northwest, Georgia to the north, the Bahamas and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Straits of Florida and Cuba to the south. 

Florida is the third-most populous state in the United States. Its Population Density is 384.3/sq mi (121.0/km2) and which makes it the eighth most densely populated state in the US. As per the  United States Census Bureau, the population of Florida in 2020 is 21,538,187 (21.5 million) 

Estimated population of Florida in 2024: 22,610,726 or 22 million

Decadal Growth (2010-2020)

Florida has a population growth rate during 2010-2020 of 14.6%. It has had a population increase of  27,36,877 (2.73 million) since 2010. 

FloridaCensus 2020
Total Population21,538,187 (21.5 million)
Median Age41.6 years
Population Rank3rd
Total Land Area53,625 sq mi (138,887 km2)
Area Rank22
Population Density384.3/sq mi (121.0/km2)

Florida Historical Population

Florida has a population growth rate during 2010-2020 of 14.6%. In 1910, the population of Florida was 0.75 million and in the year 2020, it was 21.5 million, an increase of almost 21 million. 

Let’s look at the decade population and percentage change from the Year 1910 to 2020.

YearPopulationPercentage Change

Source: US Census 2020

Population Projections

The population will surpass 26 million in 2030, driven by immigration from both Northern US states and other countries. Much of the population increase is due to net migration, not only from overseas but from within the US itself. Two-thirds of residents were born in another state and it also has the highest population of Hispanic residents in the United States. 

Demography of Florida

Religion and Affiliations

Christianity is the majority religion in Florida followed by 70% of the population.  Next comes the Unaffiliated population, 17% of the population doesn’t follow or adhere to any faith or religion. Other non-Christian-based religions and faiths are followed by 6% of the population.

Jews are the second largest religion in Florida, followed by 3% of the state population. Other faiths include Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, and Islam, and together make up 3% of Florida’s population.

For more details read Religion in Florida

Race and Ethnicity 

In 2020, the White/Anglo (Non-Hispanic)  population was the largest racial or ethnic group in California, comprising 51.45% of the total population. It followed the Hispanic or Latino population, whose share at 26.45% in 2020.  The Black or African American population was the third-largest group at 14.52%. Two or more races combined are at 3.68% & Asian was at 2.92%.  

The ethnic composition is as follows

  • White alone (Non-Hispanic) – 51.54%
  • Hispanic or Latino –  26.45%
  • Black or African American – 14.52%
  • Asians – 2.92%
  • Others – 4-5%

Ancestry in Florida

As per Census Studies & estimates German, American, Irish, and English have made the largest ancestry groups in Florida. Italian, West Indian, Polish, French & Scottish ancestry are also in good numbers. 

English remains the main first language, 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%). 

For Details read Race and Ethnicity in Florida

Cities and Counties in Florida

The largest city in Florida by population is Jacksonville, with over 900,000 individuals in the area. The largest county by population is Miami-Dade County, with well over 2 million individuals residing within the county lines. The top five cities in Florida are Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and St. Petersburg. 

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