As the next stop in the presidential primary season, Florida’s population of 18.3 million grew by 2.3 million people from 2000 to 2007, the nation’s third-highest numeric growth during that period. Florida also has the highest percentage of residents age 65 and over.
These and other statistics about Florida’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>.
Florida’s primary is Jan. 29. About 64 percent of Florida’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which is not statistically different from the national rate. More information can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.
Highlights include the following:
|Population change: 2000-2007||14.2%||7.2%|
|Population 65 and over||16.8%||12.4%|
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino||61.3%||66.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino||20.2%||14.8%|
|Median household income||$45,495||$48,451|
|Persons below poverty||12.6%||13.3%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+)||25.3%||27.0%|
|Median home value||$230,600||$185,200|
Source: U.S Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).