Florida's population continues to grow

Florida's population continues to grow
Florida's population continues to grow
Posted at 11:33 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 07:31:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A recent federal report says Florida is one of the fastest growing states when it comes to population.

The U.S. Census Bureau states Florida's population increased 1.5 percent from July 2017 to July 2018. That's the fifth highest rate in the country.

Florida Realtor Will Shepherd said South Florida continues to be a popular place to retire.

"You will see a lot of people who are retiring and a really comfortable and easy place to retire where you don't have to put up with snow or freezing cold, or heavy congestion depending on where you are in the state," said Will Shepherd.

As retirees move in, the Sunshine State also has no income tax and offers other ways for homeowners to save money.

"Home prices are good right now you have home state exemptions which I think go a long way."

Melvin Crawford owns Crawford Moving and Delivery in Tallahassee and he said out of the people he moves from in and out of the state, 60 percent are moving into Florida.

Even though Florida is seeing an increase in population, one taxi service says they haven't seen the increase in people migrating to Tallahassee like Crawford Moving and Delivery.

"Probably about 4 to 5 years ago, there was a big influx of people moving here but I would say, from my perspective, that there is a lot of people moving to this part of Florida," said Jodanis Avilus with Discount Transportation LLC.

Florida increased its lead over New York as the 3rd most populous state in the country now to a margin of 1.5 million people.

Just nine years ago, New York had over a half million more people than Florida.