Florida's population is increasing faster in 2013 than it has in six years
News Service Florida
5:55 PM, Jul 11, 2013
9:39 PM, Jul 11, 2013
Florida's population is increasing faster in 2013 than it has in six years. For the first time since 2007, the state is growing by one percent annually.
During the Great Recession, Florida's population growth dropped from nearly three percent per year to one half of one percent. State economist Amy Baker says more growth is expected, but the boom of the '90s and early 2000s will likely never happen again.
"We were seeing growth that was three percent a year, plus. That was equivalent to adding a city the size of Miami to Florida?s population every year."
Currently, Florida has a population of about 19.3 million, up 200-thousand residents from 2012.
The increase is a combination of more births than deaths, and new people who are moving into the state looking for work.
Florida is expected to surpass twenty million residents in 2016, and become the third largest state in the country.