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Florida Population by Year

Florida Population by Year and County

What is the population of Florida?

That seems to be an easy question to answer. But Florida is not a typical state. The population in Florida varies for these reasons;

  • Are you asking about everyone including tourists, with temporary residence in Florida, people who reside here but don’t take residence?…. and the list of possibilities goes on!
  • Is it winter time or summer?
  • Is it tourist season or off-season?
  • Include illegal aliens?

Throughout Florida’s history counting the population of Florida wasn’t easy. We do have the census data detailed every ten years, but events change how many people move into Florida each day. For instance, the number decreased in the early stages of the pandemic of 2020 but dramatically increased in the following months.

The numbers we have detailed are a collection of census data, independent estimates, and a collection of sources that track certain pieces of data.

Florida is a huge state. We have eight counties in Florida that have less than 15,000 people. Those counties cover over 1900 square miles of the state! Many people may live “off the grid” in Florida.

All of that being said, Florida Travel Blog offers the best information available about the population of Florida along with some interesting facts about the population of Florida.

For research into Florida’s population, the following Florida Population Data is in this post.

  • 2020 Florida Census Data
  • Florida Population Quick Facts 
  • Previous Comparison Florida Population Figures
  • Florida Population by Age Group Link
  • Florida Migration Data Link
  • Florida Population Historical Facts
  • Florida Population by Year 1900-2022(est.)
  • Florida Population of 100 Largest Cities
  • Florida Population by County

Latest Florida Census Data (2020) and Estimates

  • 3rd Largest State by Population
  • Census, April 1, 2020 – 18,801,301
  • Estimate Census, July 1,2021 – 21,781, 128
  • Persons Over 65 –       1%
  • Female –  8%
  • Persons Under 18, –   7%
  • White (only) – 76.9%
  • Black – 17.0%
  • Hispanic – 26.8%
  • Native American – .5%
  • Multiple races – 2.4%
  • Households – 7,931,313
  • Persons per Household (2016-2020) – 62
  • Language other than English Spoken in household – 29.4%
  • Education of 25 year old’s and higher – high school diploma or above – 88.5%
  • Median Household income (2016-2020) – $57,503
  • Persons in poverty – 13.1%
  • Historical Florida Population Facts
  • Florida Population by County

Other Florida Population Quick Facts

  • The population in Florida in 1900 was 530,00. The estimated population in 2022 is 22,704,000.
  • About 900 new people call Florida home each day.
  • The fastest growing area in Florida is The Villages
  • The largest city in Florida by area and population is Jacksonville.
  • The smallest county in Florida is Liberty County with only 7,896 people.
  • In the 1890s up to 1900, Key West was the largest city in Florida with just over 18,000 people in 1890.
  • Tampa had 720 residents in 1880.
  • Flagler, Charlotte, Highlands, Hernando, Martin, Sumter, Citrus and Sarasota counties have the oldest population in America. All have populations with a median age of 50 years or older.

Florida population facts are updated as data becomes available. Florida population facts are designed as a quick reference for writers, journalists, novelists, and anyone researching Florida population facts.

Previous Florida Population State Data

  • Population 2000 – 15,982,378
  • Population 1990 – 12,937,926
  • Population growth rate 2000-2019 – 14.2%
  • Most populous metropolitan area 2019 – Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach: 6,166,488 (estimate – Ranked 7th in the US)
  • Most populous metropolitan area 2010 – Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach: 5,564,635
  • Most populous County 2019 – Miami-Dade County: 2,716,940 (estimate)
  • Most populous County 2010 – Miami-Dade County: 2,496,435 [actual]
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Florida Population by Year from 1900-2021 – Annual Population of Florida Since 1900

Includes =/- Growth Rate

2021

21,781,128

0.98%

2020

21,569,932

0.36%

2019

21,492,056

1.12%

2018

21,254,926

1.32%

2017

20,977,089

1.70%

2016

20,627,237

2.02%

2015

20,219,111

1.84%

2014

19,853,880

1.55%

2013

19,551,678

1.29%

2012

19,302,016

1.29%

2011

19,055,607

1.11%

2010

18,846,143

1.04%

2009

18,652,644

0.68%

2008

18,527,305

0.87%

2007

18,367,842

1.11%

2006

18,166,990

1.82%

2005

17,842,038

2.45%

2004

17,415,318

2.42%

2003

17,004,085

1.89%

2002

16,689,370

2.03%

2001

16,356,966

1.93%

2000

16,047,515

6.20%

1999

15,111,244

1.36%

1998

14,908,230

1.53%

1997

14,683,350

1.78%

1996

14,426,911

1.70%

1995

14,185,403

1.60%

1994

13,961,798

1.81%

1993

13,713,593

1.55%

1992

13,504,775

1.62%

1991

13,289,497

2.08%

1990

13,018,365

3.01%

1989

12,637,715

2.69%

1988

12,306,395

2.58%

1987

11,997,283

2.83%

1986

11,667,505

2.79%

1985

11,351,118

2.82%

1984

11,039,925

2.70%

1983

10,749,851

2.66%

1982

10,471,407

2.73%

1981

10,192,774

3.59%

1980

9,839,835

4.39%

1979

9,426,159

3.56%

1978

9,102,032

2.78%

1977

8,856,183

2.18%

1976

8,667,379

1.75%

1975

8,518,422

2.65%

1974

8,298,762

4.87%

1973

7,913,696

5.35%

1972

7,511,463

4.93%

1971

7,158,304

5.40%

1970

6,791,418

2.26%

1969

6,641,000

3.23%

1968

6,433,000

3.06%

1967

6,242,000

2.26%

1966

6,104,000

2.52%

1965

5,954,000

2.99%

1964

5,781,000

2.72%

1963

5,628,000

3.11%

1962

5,458,000

4.10%

1961

5,243,000

4.78%

1960

5,004,000

4.08%

1959

4,808,000

3.84%

1958

4,630,000

5.90%

1957

4,372,000

8.03%

1956

4,047,000

8.01%

1955

3,747,000

6.90%

1954

3,505,000

5.89%

1953

3,310,000

4.85%

1952

3,157,000

5.94%

1951

2,980,000

6.05%

1950

2,810,000

5.32%

1949

2,668,000

3.49%

1948

2,578,000

1.98%

1947

2,528,000

3.61%

1946

2,440,000

-1.01%

1945

2,465,000

1.86%

1944

2,420,000

-1.26%

1943

2,451,000

13.95%

1942

2,151,000

6.64%

1941

2,017,000

5.33%

1940

1,915,000

4.30%

1939

1,836,000

3.67%

1938

1,771,000

3.63%

1937

1,709,000

3.51%

1936

1,651,000

2.36%

1935

1,613,000

1.77%

1934

1,585,000

2.13%

1933

1,552,000

2.04%

1932

1,521,000

1.88%

1931

1,493,000

1.50%

1930

1,471,000

1.80%

1929

1,445,000

0.84%

1928

1,433,000

1.06%

1927

1,418,000

3.65%

1926

1,368,000

8.23%

1925

1,264,000

8.97%

1924

1,160,000

5.74%

1923

1,097,000

5.08%

1922

1,044,000

4.71%

1921

997,000

3.64%

1920

962,000

7.13%

1919

898,000

3.82%

1918

865,000

-3.35%

1917

895,000

-3.14%

1916

924,000

0.22%

1915

922,000

5.86%

1914

871,000

5.19%

1913

828,000

3.37%

1912

801,000

3.62%

1911

773,000

2.25%

1910

756,000

4.42%

1909

724,000

5.85%

1908

684,000

6.05%

1907

645,000

2.71%

1906

628,000

2.11%

1905

615,000

2.67%

1904

599,000

2.04%

1903

587,000

3.89%

1902

565,000

3.86%

1901

544,000

2.64%

1900

530,000

0.00%

Historical Florida Population Facts – Florida Population History

  • People first reached Florida at least 12,000 years ago.
  • By 1850 the population had grown to 87,445, including about 39,000 African American slaves and 1,000 free blacks.
  • Up until 1900, Key West was Florida’s largest city. In 1890, it had 18,000 hearty residents. Its population reached its peak in 1960 with 34,000 residents. Now, it’s down to about 24,000 residents.
  • 8.9 million people changed their addresses during the pandemic, and 28.1 percent of them moved to Florida. It is estimated Florida will have over 845 new residents every day for the next three years.
  • Many of the close to 3 million people who arrived between 1940 and 1960 were veterans who had trained in South Florida during World War II.
  • 37,690 immigrant business owners accounted for 33 percent of all self-employed Florida residents in 2018 and generated $7.1 billion in business income.
  • In the following Florida metropolitan areas in 2018, at least one in five business owners was an immigrant. Immigrants accounted for:
    • 57 percent of business owners in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach metro area,
    • 36 percent in Orlando,
    • 29 percent in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater,
    • 20 percent in Jacksonville.
  • In 2010 more than 1.4 million residents spoke Spanish in Miami. That outnumbers the English-speaking population.

  • Florida population in 1860 was 140,423 (77,746 whites, 61745 slaves, 932 free blacks).

  • Florida’s biggest population increase by percentage was 1925 with almost 9% growth in that year.

 Florida Tourism Statistics and Facts

Tourists by year in Florida
  • 1933 – tourism reached 1 million  –
  • 1940 – 2.8 million –
  • 1950 – 5 million –
  • 1980 –  20 million –
  • 1990 – 40 million
  • 2011 – 86 million  –
  • 2021 – 121.8 million 

On a busy weekend, Disney World attracts more visitors than the entire population of Florida when it became a state (1845 – 69,000 people).

Florida Population By City – Florida City Population Largest to Smallest City Population of Top 100 Florida City Populations  

1

Jacksonville

954,614

 

2

Miami

439,890

 

3

Tampa

387,050

 

4

Orlando

309,154

 

5

St. Petersburg

258,201

 

6

Hialeah

220,490

 

7

Port St. Lucie

217,523

 

8

Cape Coral

204,510

 

9

Tallahassee

197,102

 

10

Fort Lauderdale

181,668

 

11

Pembroke Pines

169,391

 

12

Hollywood

152,131

 

13

Gainesville

140,398

 

14

Miramar

135,077

 

15

Coral Springs

132,822

 

16

Lehigh Acres

124,523

 

17

Palm Bay

122,942

 

18

West Palm Beach

117,286

 

19

Clearwater

116,674

 

20

Brandon

115,909

 

21

Lakeland

115,425

 

22

Spring Hill

113,742

 

23

Pompano Beach

111,348

 

24

Miami Gardens

110,867

 

25

Davie

104,882

 

26

Sunrise

96,021

 

27

Riverview

95,849

 

28

Boca Raton

95,787

 

29

Deltona

95,782

 

30

Palm Coast

93,833

 

31

Plantation city

92,986

 

32

Fort Myers

92,245

 

33

Alafaya

91,468

 

34

Town ‘n’ Country

89,791

 

35

Deerfield Beach

86,339

 

36

Melbourne

85,064

 

37

Largo

82,341

 

38

The Villages

81,444

 

39

Pine Hills

81,415

 

40

Miami Beach

80,671

 

41

Homestead

80,528

 

42

Boynton Beach

80,089

 

43

North Port

80,021

 

44

Kissimmee

79,436

 

45

Kendall

77,228

 

46

Doral

75,966

 

47

Daytona Beach

74,437

 

48

Lauderhill

73,458

 

49

Tamarac

71,541

 

50

Poinciana

68,280

 

51

Weston

67,312

 

52

Delray Beach

66,573

 

53

Port Charlotte

64,335

 

54

Ocala

64,096

 

55

The Hammocks

63,687

 

56

Port Orange

63,486

 

57

St. Cloud

62,043

 

58

Palm Harbor

61,787

 

59

Wellington

61,448

 

60

Jupiter

60,802

 

61

Sanford

60,681

 

62

Wesley Chapel

60,534

 

63

Palm Beach Gardens

59,449

 

64

North Miami

59,229

 

65

Fountainebleau

59,174

 

66

Margate

58,001

 

67

Coconut Creek

57,117

 

68

Bradenton

55,905

 

69

Tamiami

55,757

 

70

Kendale Lakes

55,732

 

71

Apopka

55,496

 

72

Bonita Springs

54,904

 

73

Sarasota

54,764

 

74

Westchester

54,470

 

75

Pensacola

53,678

 

76

Pinellas Park

53,202

 

77

Winter Haven

52,710

 

78

Country Club

50,436

 

79

Titusville

48,874

 

80

Coral Gables

48,375

 

81

University CDP

48,339

 

82

Fort Pierce

47,927

 

83

Ocoee

47,452

 

84

Winter Garden

46,502

 

85

Horizon West

46,204

 

86

Four Corners

45,946

 

87

Altamonte Springs

45,517

 

88

Clermont

44,530

 

89

Cutler Bay

44,291

 

90

North Lauderdale

44,239

 

91

Greenacres

43,813

 

92

Oakland Park

43,650

 

93

Ormond Beach

43,517

 

94

North Miami Beach

42,507

 

95

Lake Worth Beach

42,496

 

96

North Fort Myers

42,315

 

97

Hallandale Beach

41,005

 

98

Valrico

40,259

 

99

The Acreage

39,863

 

100

Plant City

39,653

 

Florida city population facts are updated as information becomes available. Current estimates are released occasionally.

 Florida Population by County from Largest to Smallest Florida County Population 

County                         POP.       Growth   sq miles  density/mi

Miami-Dade County

2,742,833

9.87%

733

1,445

Broward County

1,983,637

13.48%

466

1,643

Palm Beach County

1,526,603

15.64%

760

775

Hillsborough County

1,505,870

22.51%

394

1,476

Orange County

1,486,698

29.73%

349

1,646

Duval County

1,021,827

18.23%

294

1,340

Pinellas County

967,619

5.57%

106

3,534

Lee County

789,236

27.55%

303

1,006

Polk County

749,636

24.50%

693

417

Brevard County

619,260

13.97%

392

610

Pasco County

581,329

25.10%

289

777

Volusia County

565,333

14.30%

425

513

Seminole County

480,484

13.67%

119

1,553

Sarasota County

444,918

17.25%

215

801

Manatee County

415,086

28.58%

287

559

Osceola County

412,650

53.58%

512

311

Lake County

401,336

35.11%

363

427

Collier County

386,598

20.24%

772

193

Marion County

384,830

16.16%

613

242

St. Lucie County

339,514

22.22%

221

594

Escambia County

326,763

9.79%

254

497

Leon County

295,540

7.28%

257

443

St. Johns County

290,103

52.65%

232

483

Alachua County

284,694

15.10%

338

325

Clay County

223,721

17.21%

233

370

Okaloosa County

217,838

20.47%

359

234

Hernando County

198,863

15.10%

183

421

Santa Rosa County

195,326

29.04%

391

193

Charlotte County

192,221

20.15%

263

282

Bay County

176,488

4.52%

293

233

Indian River County

164,140

18.92%

194

326

Martin County

160,853

9.93%

210

296

Citrus County

156,365

10.71%

225

269

Sumter County

137,018

46.67%

211

250

Flagler County

119,314

24.68%

187

246

Highlands County

101,725

2.98%

392

100

Nassau County

93,760

27.89%

250

145

Monroe County

84,830

16.06%

379

86

Walton County

79,357

44.17%

401

76

Putnam County

73,113

-1.68%

281

100

Columbia County

70,132

3.85%

308

88

Jackson County

46,833

-5.86%

354

51

Suwannee County

43,858

5.55%

266

64

Levy County

43,337

6.22%

432

39

Gadsden County

43,314

-6.63%

199

84

Hendry County

39,715

1.47%

445

34

Okeechobee County

39,574

-1.06%

297

51

Wakulla County

34,362

11.65%

234

57

DeSoto County

33,798

-3.05%

246

53

Baker County

28,487

5.06%

226

49

Bradford County

28,259

-0.92%

113

96

Washington County

25,402

2.03%

225

44

Hardee County

24,847

-10.40%

246

39

Taylor County

21,642

-4.11%

403

21

Holmes County

19,599

-1.65%

185

41

Gilchrist County

18,048

6.55%

135

52

Madison County

17,716

-7.84%

269

25

Dixie County

16,827

2.47%

272

24

Union County

16,269

4.72%

94

67

Jefferson County

14,460

-2.04%

231

24

Gulf County

13,858

-12.64%

214

25

Hamilton County

13,844

-6.45%

198

27

Calhoun County

13,452

-8.02%

219

24

Franklin County

12,631

9.37%

210

23

Glades County

11,974

-7.06%

311

15

Lafayette County

8,098

-8.70%

210

15

Liberty County

7,896

-5.61%

323

9

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