Florida Population 2016

The last official census within the United States was carried out in 2010 and the east coast state of Florida recorded a total number of citizens at 18,801,310. This made the Sunshine State the fourth most populous state in the US. The estimated population for the state in 2016 is 20.2 million.

The most recent estimate was carried out in 2015 by the United States Census Bureau and it was estimated that the state’s population had reached 20,271,272. The Census Bureau haven't provided a new estimate for 2016, but extrapolating from last year's figures we can expect the population to have increased by roughly a further 375,000 people, bringing the Florida population of 2016 up past 20.5 million. Florida's growth rate is one of the faster in the country (ranked 5th) at 1.36%.

In terms of population density, Florida has a surface area of 65,755 square miles (170,304 square kilometres). Based on estimates, that equates to 353.4 people per square mile, (136.4 per square kilometer) and that makes it the eighth most densely populated state in the US.

Read on to find out more about Florida's population, or for more information about the overall US population check out our overview article on the United States.

Florida Population Growth

Records from 1830 show that a mere 34,730 people lived in Florida, but like the rest of the US, those numbers were to grow dramatically from then onwards. By 1840, the number of people who live in Florida had increased by over 50% to 54,477 and similar decade on decade jumps were experienced for the rest of the 19th century.

That pattern remained for the early part of the 20th century as well, and by 1950, the population of Florida had grown to 2,771,305. However, the biggest growth was yet to follow and in 1960, the national census revealed that numbers had leapt by 78.7% to 4,951,560 over the preceding ten years.

More increases came throughout the decades but the latest census shows that rises are slowing down. In 2000, the population of Florida was 15,982,378 and the increase to 2010 was therefore just 17.6%.

Florida Demographics

Much of the population increase is due to net migration, not only from overseas but from within the US itself. Current claims suggest that around two thirds of residents were born in another state – a statistic that is the second highest in the US.

Florida also has a high proportion of illegal aliens with figures around 20% of the total state population, the fourth largest in the US.

According to 2014 estimates from the US Census Bureau, 77.8% of Florida’s population declared themselves to be white, 16.8% were Black, 2.8% were Asian, while the balance was made up by Native American and other, unspecified races.

Florida in 2020

If growth continues at roughly the same rate, by the time that the next Census is undertaken in 2020, numbers should have comfortably burst through 20 million, and probably even past 21 million. The population could potentially surpass 26 million in 2030.

Population Data via US Census