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 Florida's population would pass New York's in 2013. But figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the Empire State still ahead by 98,267 people.
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 Florida is benefiting from a steady stream of transplants from other states, including New York.
Florida's current population is estimated at 19,552,860.