Population change

Hurricane Andrew still reverberates

Hurricane Andrew was not the deadliest storm ever to strike South Florida. It was not the costliest, even though the damage estimate of $45 billion in today's dollars puts it very near the top.

Population in Lee, Collier county region growing again

The population in Lee and Collier counties is estimated to have increased since 2010, likely due to an increase in baby boomers looking for second homes, retirees moving to Florida, people taking advantage of lower housing prices and a slightly stronger job outlook.

The population is estimated to have grown 3.1 percent in Lee County and 2.6 percent in Collier County from 2010 to 2012, according to census data and preliminary population estimates from the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida.

The future of Florida: Charting a new course

In the fall of 2007, as home prices in Florida began slipping and population growth braked drastically from what had been a 1,000-person-a-day clip, Wall Street Journal reporter Conor Dougherty wrote an article headlined "Is Florida Over?"

Recession brings diversity to Sarasota

An unexpected outgrowth of the worst recession in 70 years: Sarasota has quietly become more cosmopolitan.

While hard times discouraged Midwesterners and New Englanders from moving here, more Peruvians, Italians, Brazilians, Ukranians and many others made the Gulf Coast home.

Census Q&A with Dr. Stan Smith

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Even with a flagging economy, people keep moving to Florida. Dr. Stan Smith is the Director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida.

He said that is important because the numbers help to determine the number of state representatives in Congress. Florida picked up 2 because of the 2010 Census.

Census: Hispanic population propels growth in Fla. in past decade

The share of Hispanics living in Florida grew by almost 60 percent over the past decade as the percentage of white residents declined slightly and the proportion of blacks and Asians inched up, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census.

Hispanics now make up 22.5 percent of Florida's 18.8 million residents, up from 16.7 percent of Floridians in 2000, when the state only had 15.9 million residents, the Census data showed.

Florida growth outpaces national trend

Most of Florida's largest counties and cities grew more rapidly than the nation since 2000, according to 2010 Census data released Thursday.

"It's a story of two different half-decades," says Stanley Smith, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida. "The first half was so great that it made up for any decline of the past few years."

Birth rate slows in Southwest Florida

Though Florida’s population grew enough to earn two new congressional seats, the number of children born in this state has dropped markedly since the economic downturn began, records show.

The declines are part of a broader national trend that started in 2008, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

U.S. births dropped 3 percent between 2008 and 2009 — about 4.1 million, compared with about 4.2 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida to get 2 more seats in House in 2012 based on 2010 Census counts

Florida’s growing clout in Washington will grow by two seats in two years.

That’s because the 2010 U.S. Census population numbers released Tuesday show the state grew by almost 3 million people in 10 years. Florida now has 18.8 million people, compared to 15.9 million in the 2000 count.

The population numbers are used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The new population numbers indicate that Florida’s delegation will jump from 25 representatives to 27 in the U.S. House following the 2012 general election.

Florida's adds 2.8 million people in 10 years

Florida gained 2.8 million people in the past decade — the equivalent of the entire state of Kansas, according to 2010 Census figures released Tuesday.

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