Make us your home page
Instagram

More moved out of Florida than here from other states, census data show

For the first time since the 1940s, more people moved out of Florida last year than new residents moved in from other states as the economic slump halted years of explosive population growth in the Sunshine State.

Florida reported a net loss of 9,286 domestic residents between July 2007 and July 2008, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this month. But that loss was offset by a net gain of 77,427 new international residents, mainly Latin American immigrants.

The loss of domestic residents who once flocked to the Sunshine State's condo towers and palm tree-lined neighborhoods also was offset by more births than deaths during the year, according to the census data.

The census data looked at population changes from July 2007 to July 2008 in Florida, which currently has 18.3 million residents and is the nation's fourth-most-populous state.

It was the first time Florida has experienced a year-to-year loss in domestic migration since the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic Research began keeping records in 1972. It also was probably the first dip since shortly after World War II, when soldiers who had come to Florida for training returned home after the war, said Stanley Smith, the bureau's director.

"This, I think, is much more fundamental and related to the national economic situation and the recession," Smith said.

The state's 9.5 percent unemployment rate is its highest since 1975, which translates into fewer jobs to attract new workers. A nationwide housing slump also has stymied out-of-state residents seeking to sell their homes to move to Florida.

Growth has been the economic engine of Florida for decades. But Smith said he doesn't expect any significant population growth in the state until the national economy rebounds in a year or two.

And when a recovery does occur, Florida's growth isn't likely to reach the heights it did this decade, he added.

"Those were abnormally high," Smith said. "The economy was booming. Florida was adding a lot of jobs, it was easy to get loans for mortgages, and Florida's construction industry was booming."

Factoring in the net gain of 77,427 new international residents, Florida had a total net migration gain of 68,141 people last year. Last year's loss in domestic migration also was offset by 235,241 births compared with 176,811 deaths recorded from July 2007 to July 2008.

Taking into account all demographic changes, Pinellas County lost 4,184 people in those 12 months, capping a multiyear slide in population. Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties all gained population.

But Florida's total migration gain was paltry considering that for the past eight years Florida averaged a combined annual gain of 293,000 domestic and international residents.

"Our No. 1 industry here is growth, whether you like it or not," said Richard Crotty, mayor of Orange County, which is home to Orlando.

Times staff writer James Thorner contributed to this report.

More moved out of Florida than here from other states, census data show 04/22/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, wire reports.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Parent of struggling DeVry University is changing its name to Adtalem

    Corporate

    Associated Press

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The company that owns one of the nation's largest for-profit college chains is changing its name.

    This 2009 photo shows the entrance to the DeVry University in Miramar, Fla. DeVry Education Group, which owns DeVry University, announced Wednesday that it will now be called Adtalem Global Education. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  2. New DEP secretary says there's no conflict in political side businesses

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — When Noah Valenstein, the newly appointed head of the Department of Environmental Protection, was applying in April to be the state's top environmental regulator, he left one thing off the application: Companies he started and his wife runs have been paid nearly $1 million by politicians and lobbying …

     Noah Valenstein got the job as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday May 23rd, on a unanimous vote by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. He will take the helm on June 5, with a salary of $150,000 per year. [Florida Governor's Office]
  3. New stores coming to Tyrone Square Mall, like Bath & Body Works

    Retail

    Tyrone Square Mall will welcome a half dozen new stores, like Bath & Body Works and MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, this summer.

  4. Target Corp. reaches $18.5 million settlement with 47 states over data breach

    Retail

    Target Corp. has agreed to pay Florida $928,963 out of a newly-announced $18.5 million settlement over a huge data breach that occurred in late 2013.

    Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. 
[Associated Press]
  5. Gov. Rick Scott's family history of alcohol abuse could decide 'liquor wall' bill

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott must decide Wednesday whether to let Walmart and other big-box stores sell liquor, and he says a factor in his decision is the history of alcohol abuse in his family.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott is considering a veto of a bill that would allow Walmart, Target and other big box retail stores to sell liquor. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]