Florida's population grew 11 percent in past 8 years

Downtown Sarasota
Posted at 7:54 AM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 07:54:00-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new estimate shows Florida's population grew by almost 11 percent in the past eight years.

The estimate released this week by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research puts Florida's population at 20.8 million residents as of this past April.

The estimate shows that Florida has grown by 2 million residents since the last decennial Census in 2010. The decennial Census is used for drawing new congressional and legislative districts.

For WWSB's coverage area:

  • In Manatee County, the population is estimated to have grown from 322,833 to 377,826, an increase of 54,993 people or 17 percent.
  • In Sarasota County, the population is estimated to have grown from 379,448 to 417,442, an increase of 37,994 people or 10 percent.
  • In Charlotte County, the population is estimated to have grown from 159,978 to 177,987, an increase of 18,009 people or 11 percent.

The University of Florida research bureau arrives at its estimate using utility customers, homestead exemptions and building permits. The U.S. Census uses births, deaths and migration in its calculation and places Florida's population at 20.9 million residents as of July 2017.

Florida is the nation's third most populous state, trailing only California and Texas.