Florida Population 2016

20,636,975

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 Chart

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 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

Florida Growth Rate

Florida State Rank

Year Pop % Change
2020 22,099,787 1.68%
2019 21,734,084 1.71%
2018 21,368,381 1.74%
2017 21,002,678 1.77%
2016 20,636,975 1.80%
2015 20,271,272 1.84%
2014 19,905,569 1.59%
2013 19,594,467 1.25%
2012 19,352,021 1.29%
2011 19,105,533 1.62%
2010 18,801,310 1.64%
2000 15,982,378 2.14%
1990 12,937,926 2.87%
1980 9,746,324 3.68%
1970 6,789,443 3.21%
1960 4,951,560 5.98%
1950 2,771,305 3.86%
1940 1,897,414 2.60%
1930 1,468,211 4.25%
1920 968,470 2.55%
1910 752,619 3.60%
1900 528,542 3.05%
1890 391,422 3.80%
1880 269,493 3.68%
1870 187,748 2.95%
1860 140,424 4.85%
1850 87,445 4.85%
1840 54,477 4.60%
1830 34,730 0.00%

Florida Facts

Florida Population in 2016 Source: Zverzver at English Wikipedia

  • Florida was the 27th state to be admitted to the Union in 1845.
  • Florida is considered the top travel destination in the world. It posted a record-breaking 87.3 million visitors in 2011.
  • Over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways are located within the state.
  • Florida's 1,350 miles of coastline is the longest in the continental US.
  • Florida is the United States' largest producer of citrus fruit. Over 60% of the oranges in US are grown in Florida.
  • Space flights are launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • Florida has over 1,300 golf courses -- more than any other state in the US.
  • Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the country.
  • Crane Point Hammock was once the site of an Indian village.

Population Pyramid

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White 14,808,867 78.77%
Black or African American 3,078,067 16.37%
American Indian and Alaska Native 89,119 0.47%
Asian 474,199 2.52%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 18,790 0.1%
Two or more races 332,268 1.77%

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.

Languages Spoken in Florida

Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over 18,014,852 100.00%
English 13,877,057 77.03%
Spanish 3,640,735 20.21%
French 107,290 0.60%
Portuguese 87,105 0.48%
German 69,410 0.39%
Chinese 43,280 0.24%
Serbocroatian 10,625 0.06%
Dutch 10,360 0.06%
Romanian 9,665 0.05%

This chart shows the top 10 non-English languages that are spoken at home in Florida. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Florida County Populations

County Population Rank
Miami-Dade County 2,693,117 1
Broward County 1,896,425 2
Palm Beach County 1,422,789 3
Hillsborough County 1,349,050 4
Orange County 1,288,126 5
Pinellas County 949,827 6
Duval County 913,010 7
Lee County 701,982 8
Polk County 650,092 9
Brevard County 568,088 10
Volusia County 517,887 11
Pasco County 497,909 12
Seminole County 449,144 13
Sarasota County 405,549 14
Manatee County 363,369 15
Collier County 357,305 16
Marion County 343,254 17
Lake County 325,875 18
Osceola County 323,993 19
Escambia County 311,003 20
St. Lucie County 298,563 21
Leon County 286,272 22
Alachua County 259,964 23
St. Johns County 226,640 24
Clay County 203,967 25
Okaloosa County 198,664 26
Bay County 181,635 27
Hernando County 178,439 28
Charlotte County 173,115 29
Santa Rosa County 167,040 30
Martin County 156,283 31
Indian River County 147,919 32
Citrus County 141,058 33
Sumter County 118,891 34
Flagler County 105,392 35
Highlands County 99,491 36
Nassau County 78,444 37
Monroe County 77,482 38
Putnam County 72,023 39
Columbia County 68,348 40
Walton County 63,508 41
Jackson County 48,599 42
Gadsden County 46,036 43
Suwannee County 43,760 44
Levy County 39,832 45
Okeechobee County 39,469 46
Hendry County 39,119 47
DeSoto County 35,458 48
Wakulla County 31,535 49
Hardee County 27,502 50
Baker County 27,420 51
Bradford County 26,928 52
Washington County 24,687 53
Taylor County 22,493 54
Holmes County 19,324 55
Madison County 18,408 56
Gilchrist County 17,199 57
Dixie County 16,203 58
Gulf County 15,871 59
Union County 15,234 60
Calhoun County 14,462 61
Hamilton County 14,295 62
Jefferson County 14,081 63
Glades County 13,670 64
Franklin County 11,761 65
Lafayette County 8,663 66
Liberty County 8,331 67