Florida vs. United States
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1958-2023
Introduction
Florida vs. United States
Florida:
2023 Population = 22,610,726
2023 Percent of U.S. = 6.75%
U.S.:
2023 Population = 334,914,895
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Florida with comparisons to the nation at large. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1958-2023
Population, 1958-2023
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Florida's annual population for the period 1958-2023 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 66-year period, Florida's population rose from 4,630,000 in 1958 to 22,610,726 in 2023, for a net gain of 17,980,726, or 388.35%.
NOTE: The state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1958=100): 1958-2023
Population Indices (1958=100): 1958-2023
Figure 2.
Figure 2 portrays Florida's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1958 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1958 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Florida's overall population growth was 388.35% over 1958-2023 outpaced the United States' increase of 92.31%.
Population as a Percent of the United States Total: 1958-2023
Population as a Percent of the United States Total: 1958-2023
Figure 3.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of Florida is to compare its individual percentage contributions to the United States' total population over time, as shown in Figure 3. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than the United States' population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1958, Florida's population totaled 2.66% of the United States' population, while in 2023 it equated to 6.75% thereby yielding a +4.09% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2023 vs. 1958
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2023
vs.
1958
+4.09%
=
6.75%
-
2.66%
 
   
Florida Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1959-2023
Florida Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1959-2023
Figure 4.
Figure 4 shows the short-run pattern of Florida's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1959-2023. The average annual percent change for the entire 65-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Florida's population grew at an annual rate of 2.48% over 1959-2023. The state recorded its highest growth in 1973 (5.41%) and posted its lowest growth in 2009 (0.68%). In 2023, Florida's population grew by 1.64%
Florida Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1959-2023
Florida Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1959-2023
Figure 5.
Over the past six decades some states have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 5 again shows the annual percent change in Florida's population since 1959, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2023.
During the 1960s, Florida's annual population growth rate averaged 3.29%. It averaged 3.62% in the 1970s, 2.93% in the 1980s, 2.23% during the 1990s, 1.70% throughout the 2000s, 1.36% throughout the 2010s, 1.44% thus far this decade (2020-2023).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 6.
Figure 6 compares the decade average growth rates for Florida noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for the nation.
Relative to nationwide population growth trends, Florida surpassed the nation throughout the 1960s (3.29% vs. 1.29%), recorded above the nation during the 1970s (3.62% vs. 1.10%), outgained the nation throughout the 1980s (2.93% vs. 0.95%), led the nation during the 1990s (2.23% vs. 1.23%), outperformed the nation during the 2000s (1.70% vs. 0.95%), outperformed the nation during the 2010s (1.36% vs. 0.74%), and outpaced the nation over 2020-2023 (1.44% vs. 0.35%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
2.48
3.29
3.62
2.93
2.23
1.70
1.36
1.44
1.64
 
1.01
1.29
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.35
0.49
 
   

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Florida:
Population, 1958-2023
 
1958
 
4,630,000
100.0
N
2.66
1959
 
4,808,000
103.8
3.84
2.71
1960
 
5,004,000
108.1
4.08
2.78
1961
 
5,243,000
113.2
4.78
2.87
1962
 
5,458,000
117.9
4.10
2.94
1963
 
5,628,000
121.6
3.11
2.99
1964
 
5,781,000
124.9
2.72
3.03
1965
 
5,954,000
128.6
2.99
3.08
1966
 
6,104,000
131.8
2.52
3.12
1967
 
6,242,000
134.8
2.26
3.16
1968
 
6,433,000
138.9
3.06
3.23
1969
 
6,641,000
143.4
3.23
3.30
1970
 
6,845,353
147.8
3.08
3.36
1971
 
7,163,026
154.7
4.64
3.46
1972
 
7,520,324
162.4
4.99
3.59
1973
 
7,927,099
171.2
5.41
3.75
1974
 
8,317,034
179.6
4.92
3.90
1975
 
8,541,660
184.5
2.70
3.96
1976
 
8,695,356
187.8
1.80
4.00
1977
 
8,888,958
192.0
2.23
4.04
1978
 
9,131,554
197.2
2.73
4.11
1979
 
9,470,585
204.5
3.71
4.22
1980
 
9,839,835
212.5
3.90
4.33
1981
 
10,192,775
220.1
3.59
4.44
1982
 
10,471,405
226.2
2.73
4.52
1983
 
10,749,849
232.2
2.66
4.60
1984
 
11,039,925
238.4
2.70
4.68
1985
 
11,351,120
245.2
2.82
4.77
1986
 
11,667,503
252.0
2.79
4.86
1987
 
11,997,282
259.1
2.83
4.95
1988
 
12,306,400
265.8
2.58
5.03
1989
 
12,637,718
273.0
2.69
5.12
1990
 
13,033,307
281.5
3.13
5.22
1991
 
13,369,798
288.8
2.58
5.28
1992
 
13,650,553
294.8
2.10
5.32
1993
 
13,927,185
300.8
2.03
5.36
1994
 
14,239,444
307.5
2.24
5.41
1995
 
14,537,875
314.0
2.10
5.46
1996
 
14,853,360
320.8
2.17
5.51
1997
 
15,186,304
328.0
2.24
5.57
1998
 
15,486,559
334.5
1.98
5.61
1999
 
15,759,421
340.4
1.76
5.65
2000
 
16,047,515
346.6
1.83
5.69
2001
 
16,356,966
353.3
1.93
5.74
2002
 
16,689,370
360.5
2.03
5.80
2003
 
17,004,085
367.3
1.89
5.86
2004
 
17,415,318
376.1
2.42
5.95
2005
 
17,842,038
385.4
2.45
6.04
2006
 
18,166,990
392.4
1.82
6.09
2007
 
18,367,842
396.7
1.11
6.10
2008
 
18,527,305
400.2
0.87
6.09
2009
 
18,652,644
402.9
0.68
6.08
2010
 
18,842,884
407.0
1.02
6.09
2011
 
19,039,100
411.2
1.04
6.11
2012
 
19,271,885
416.2
1.22
6.13
2013
 
19,507,621
421.3
1.22
6.16
2014
 
19,795,405
427.5
1.48
6.20
2015
 
20,145,580
435.1
1.77
6.26
2016
 
20,537,931
443.6
1.95
6.33
2017
 
20,871,785
450.8
1.63
6.39
2018
 
21,133,562
456.4
1.25
6.43
2019
 
21,354,519
461.2
1.05
6.47
2020
 
21,591,299
466.3
1.11
6.51
2021
 
21,830,708
471.5
1.11
6.57
2022
 
22,245,521
480.5
1.90
6.67
2023
 
22,610,726
488.4
1.64
6.75
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
April 2024
REAP_PI_SA1400_100_PN
 
   

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United States:
Population, 1958-2023
 
1958
 
174,153,000
100.0
N
1959
 
177,136,000
101.7
1.71
1960
 
179,972,000
103.3
1.60
1961
 
182,976,000
105.1
1.67
1962
 
185,739,000
106.7
1.51
1963
 
188,434,000
108.2
1.45
1964
 
191,085,000
109.7
1.41
1965
 
193,460,000
111.1
1.24
1966
 
195,499,000
112.3
1.05
1967
 
197,375,000
113.3
0.96
1968
 
199,312,000
114.4
0.98
1969
 
201,298,000
115.6
1.00
1970
 
203,798,722
117.0
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
118.8
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
120.2
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
121.4
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
122.5
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
123.7
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
124.9
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
126.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
127.5
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
128.9
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
130.5
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
131.8
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
133.0
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
134.2
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
135.4
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
136.6
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
137.9
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
139.1
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
140.4
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
141.7
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
143.3
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
145.3
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
147.3
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
149.2
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
151.1
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
152.9
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
154.7
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
156.6
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
158.4
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
160.2
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
162.0
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
163.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
165.2
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
166.6
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
168.1
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
169.7
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
171.3
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
173.0
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
174.6
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
176.2
0.88
2010
 
309,378,433
177.6
0.85
2011
 
311,841,632
179.1
0.80
2012
 
314,344,331
180.5
0.80
2013
 
316,735,375
181.9
0.76
2014
 
319,270,047
183.3
0.80
2015
 
321,829,327
184.8
0.80
2016
 
324,367,742
186.3
0.79
2017
 
326,623,063
187.5
0.70
2018
 
328,542,157
188.7
0.59
2019
 
330,233,102
189.6
0.51
2020
 
331,526,933
190.4
0.39
2021
 
332,048,977
190.7
0.16
2022
 
333,271,411
191.4
0.37
2023
 
334,914,895
192.3
0.49
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
April 2024
REAP_PI_SA1400_100_PN
 
   
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