Population Growth

Population Growth

Florida has long been - and continues to be - one of the nation's most rapidly-growing states.  While it has been buffetted by recessions and housing crises, it remains an attractive destination.  Conventionally, much of Florida's growth has been retirement related.  However an increasing share is expected to be from inmigration from other countries, such as from Latin America.

 The current overall population distribution is highly skewed to the South and Southeast.  However, University of Florida BEBR projections used in this study show future growth focused initially around the central Florida coasts.  Over the next 50 years, this growth is seen as progressing Northeast and Southwest.  Note that in BEBR scenarios, even extreme Northcentral Florida will see a net increase of 1 million people in the next 50 years.

The lesson we glean from this is that future conservation strategies for Florida must consider not only familiar historic growth patterns, but also extensive development in areas which are currently very rural.

Florida Population 2020

 

 Projected BEBR Population 2060

 

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