Florida Population 2022

22,085,563
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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 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.

Florida Population Density and Area

In terms of population density, Florida has a surface area of 65,755 square miles (170,304 square kilometers). 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.

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.

Florida Gender and Religion Statistics

The median age in Florida is approximately 41.6, with a slight gap in gender at 51.1% females and 48.9% males in the state.

In religious terms, the Florida population is recorded as 70% Christian based faiths, 24% no particular faith, and 6% non-Christian faith-based.

Florida Boundary, Census and Statehood History

Florida was a Spanish possession until transferred to the United States by treaty, concluded in 1819 but not in full effect until 1821. Florida was made a territory in 1822 with essentially its present boundaries, and was admitted as a State on March 3, 1845. From 1830 on, all parts of Florida have had census coverage.

Florida Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Floridawas:

  • White: 71.64%
  • Black or African American: 15.94%
  • Two or more races: 6.02%
  • Other race: 3.30%
  • Asian: 2.78%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

Florida Population History

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. Florida joined the union in 1845 as the 27th state, and saw consistently high growth 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% (nearly 6% annualized) to 4,951,560 over the preceding ten years.

Florida Population Growth

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 Population Projections

If growth continues at roughly the same rate, by the time that the next Census is undertaken in 2020, the population will exceed 22 million. The population could potentially 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. 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 one of the highest populations of Hispanic residents in the United States. It is one of just eight states with a Hispanic population that exceeds one million. In fact, Hispanic residents in Florida, California, and Texas account for 55% of the total Hispanic population in the United States.

Immigrants from Spain, Latin America and Cuba have immigrated to Florida in recent years. Because of the large influx of Hispanic immigrants, Spanish is spoken by 20% of Floridians. The population of non-Hispanic blacks has also increased in recent years, primarily because of Caribbean immigration and reverse migration from the North.

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

Florida Population 2022

  • Florida was the 27th state to be admitted to the Union in 1845.
  • Florida is considered a favorite travel destination in the United States and of 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 2nd longest in the US, coming in after Alaska.
  • 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 1,250 golf courses -- more than any other state in the US.
  • Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city and port, which was established by a European settlement in the country.
  • Crane Point Hammock was once the site of an Indian village.
  • Florida has a palindromic place called Oktahatko. This means that its name can be reversed— spelled either from left to right or right to left— and it would be spelled or read identically.

Florida Facts

There are multiple counties in Florida that have experienced significant population growth from the time of the 2010 Census to the time that estimates were taken in 2015 of the population by county. There are several counties that have seen population increases of at least 10%, with the top two counties posting population increases exceeding 20%. Sumter County had the highest growth rate, recorded at over 26%, with Osceola County trailing behind at just over 20%. Other Florida counties that posted population increases include Broward, Lee, and Collier Counties to the south, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties in the northwestern region, and Polk County, Orange County, and Lake County in the central region of the state.

There are fewer counties that saw declines in population, with none coming even close to the top percentages seen in the growing counties. The biggest decline in population in the 5-year period happened in Bradford County, with 5.64%, followed by other counties along the northern border of the state, including Holmes, Leon, Madison, and Jefferson Counties.

Florida Population Growth Rate by County

Florida Population Density by County

Population by Race

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Florida Population by Race

Florida Population Pyramid 2022

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Florida Median Age

42.2


Total

40.6


Male

43.8


Female

Florida Adults

There are 17,002,480 adults, (4,347,912 of whom are seniors) in Florida.

Florida Age Dependency

67.7

Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Florida Sex Ratio

Female

10,842,330

51.10%

Male

10,374,594

48.90%

Florida Population by Age

Florida Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Florida Household Types

66.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Florida Households and Families

3.23

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

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Florida Households by Type

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Florida Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Florida Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.05%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.26%.

Florida Educational Attainment by Race

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$36,150

Average Earnings

$40,861

Average Male

$31,811

Average Female

Florida Earnings by Educational Attainment

Florida Language by Age

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Florida Language

70.59% of Florida residents speak only English, while 29.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.79% of the population.

Florida Language

Florida Poverty by Race

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13.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.27%

Male Poverty Rate

14.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Florida

The race most likely to be in poverty in Florida is Black, with 20.65% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Florida is White, with 9.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.43%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.26%.

Florida Poverty

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Florida Poverty Rate by Education

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Florida Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Florida Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Florida Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.7%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Florida Married by Age and Sex

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Florida Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Florida Marital Status by Race

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Florida Marital Status

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1,416,472

Number of Veterans

1,282,335

Male Veterans

134,137

Female Veterans

Florida Veterans by War

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Florida Veterans by Age

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Florida Veterans by Race

Florida Veterans by Education

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7.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.64%

Veteran Disability Rate

Florida Veterans by Education

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58.9%

Labor Force Participation

55.4%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Florida Employment by Age

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Florida Employment by Race

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Florida Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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35.86%

Born in Florida

79.21%

Native Born

20.79%

Foreign Born

8.90%

Non Citizen

11.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.21% of Florida residents were born in the United States, with 35.86% having been born in Florida. 8.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Florida Place of Birth

  1. Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research - A research arm of the Florida legislature focused on economic, demographic and revenue forecasts for the state of Florida.
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)

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