Florida is fewer than 100,000 newcomers away from surpassing New York as the third-most-populous state, a milestone demographers say could be reached as early as 2014. The U.S. Census bureau on Monday released its state-by-state population estimates for 2013 as of July 1. The population of New York, 19,651,127, exceeded Florida’s 19,552,860 total residents by only 98,267.
“What’s more important are the underlying trends, namely that Florida has been growing substantially faster than New York for many decades,” said Stanley Smith, program director for the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida.
New Yorkers account for the state’s single largest group of new residents from within the U.S.
Smith said adults in the prime of their careers, not retirees, are driving most of Florida’s population growth. Many of the new residents come for jobs.