Florida Makes the Top Three

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty New Tampa

It's official. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida made it into the top three states with populations over 20 million people! The population just reached 20,271,272 in 2015. Only California (39,144,818) and Texas (27,469,114) have more people and are at least twice the size of the Sunshine State. What that means for Floridians is that elbow room will soon be a thing of the past! Pretty amazing considering Florida had the smallest population of any southern state up until the middle of the 20th century. Florida added 365,703 residents this past year - the majority of which were relocating here from both inside and outside of the United States. Northern states lead the pack, particularly New York - drawn here by not only beautiful, warm weather but also by lower home prices and no state income tax.

Of the total new residents to Florida this year, 200,000 of them came from other states and 130,000 of them moved from outside the continental U.S. Certainly this is good news for those folks who are looking to sell or rent property, especially this time of year when inventory is down. Hopefully, as Florida makes the top three in population, the infrastructures of the most popular cities will continue to improve to be able to accommodate the growth.


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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

A good point - when population grows that much, infrastructure has a hard time keeping up.  If there is no state income tax, how does the government fund the needed updates?  

Florida is certainly very lovely.  Thanks for sharing the information with us.

Dec 30, 2015 06:06 AM #1
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

I guess its like the glass half full or half empty, as long as most are using you when it comes to buying and selling. Austin has grown so much in the past five years I'm starting to worry where are all these people coming from. I might have to relocate to Florida....all you need is one more family.....lol

Dec 30, 2015 07:06 AM #2
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I am a future Snow Bird looking at a number of possible towns  !!!

Dec 30, 2015 10:03 AM #3
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

We seem to be fine accommodating the surge in a North / South flow. It;s when you settle in you realize the infrastructure to handle high East / West traffic flow is sorely lacking and frustrating.   

Dec 30, 2015 04:12 PM #4
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Look at the beautiful photo who wouldn't want to enjoy all our State has to offer. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

Feb 09, 2016 04:59 AM #5
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