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Florida's population grows, but not enough to edge out New York



New York will hang onto its claim of being the third most-populous state in the nation — for now, at least.

Some demographers had predicted that rapidly growing Florida would sail into the third-place spot in 2013. But the figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau put the Empire State ahead of Florida by 98,267 people.

That isn’t to say that Florida won’t eclipse New York soon.

The Sunshine State has been growing at a rate of 3.75 percent since 2010, according to the latest Census data.

New York’s rate of growth over the same time period: 1.3 percent.

Stan Smith, director of the Population Program in the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, said both New York and Florida have received immigrants from abroad.

“But in terms of [domestic] migration, more people leave New York than move into New York,” Smith said.

Florida, meanwhile, has long received a steady stream of transplants from other states, including New York State.

The latest population estimate for Florida was 19,552,860.

The states with the largest figures were California (38,332,521) and Texas (26,448,193).

Wyoming claimed the title of least-populous state with just 582,658 people.

[Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 12:59pm]


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