Articles, papers, and/or publications about population and the population program.

Highlands' population declines in 2009

SEBRING - If you've found it just a wee bit easier to find a parking space lately, it may be because municipalities in Highlands County experienced a decline in population.

Of course, that's just silly.

Finding parking spaces has more to do with winter visitors going north than anything else.

Tampa Bay area's Hispanic population is growing

TAMPA - The minority population in the Tampa Bay area grew tremendously in the past decade, with Hispanics leading the way, according to recently released census estimates.

The numbers, pegged to July 1, 2009, show the counties of West Central Florida became more diverse as they grew over the course of the last decade. In many cases, minority groups grew several times faster than the general population.

Florida's population growth hits a wall

For years, Florida municipalities routinely dominated the list of the Census Bureau's fastest-growing U.S. cities.

No more.

The latest census population estimates released Tuesday show that no Florida city with more than 100,000 people ranked in the country's top 75 for growth last year. It represents a stunning reversal in the state's recent demographic history and signals the challenges Florida faces trying to rebuild a growth-based economy when growth is largely absent.

Pasco is still mostly white, but more Hispanic

When Rosie Paulsen helped found Pasco County's first Hispanic chamber of commerce in January, the group had just a handful of members. Now it has 50.

"That right there is telling you the need is big," said Paulsen, an Ecuador-born businesswoman who runs an insurance agency in Wesley Chapel.

Paulsen's experience reflects the tremendous growth Pasco's Hispanics and racial minorities have seen in the decade since the 2000 census – growth that shows up in the county's schools, ballfields and suburban cul-de-sacs.

Some snowbirds haven't yet flown the coop

Sitting outside his lakefront mobile home, Lake County snowbird Dick Risch relishes the peacefulness around him.

Until recently, Risch's winter community was packed with seasonal residents. But while most part-time residents already have left, unusually chilly temperatures up North kept some snowbirds like Risch, 68, from joining the flock just yet.

For businesses that thrive on the spending of seasonal residents, these snowbird stragglers seeking to stay warm a bit longer are a welcome economic bonus.

An Analysis of Annual Migration Flows in Florida, 1980 – 2008

Florida has been one of the most rapidly growing states in the United States for many years, but growth rates have fluctuated considerably from one year to the next. Most of these fluctuations were caused by changes in the number of people moving into and out of the state. In this issue of Florida Focus, we examine annual migration trends in Florida from 1980 to 2008, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data refer solely to people moving from one state to another; they do not include foreign immigrants.

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Smith, Stanley K.; Cody, Scott
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Census estimates reveal growth dynamic in Sumter

THE VILLAGES — Third time was the charm for Fritz and Tina Masur.

Little that they experienced as age-restricted homeowners in Arizona or Illinois compares with the quality of life they found during the past year in The Villages.

The experiences of the Village of Hemingway couple also provide a glimpse into the dynamics of new population estimates that ranked Sumter County last year — largely fueled by growth in The Villages — as the state’s second-fastest growing county in terms of percentage increase.

Bay County continues to grow despite recession

PANAMA CITY — Bay County’s population crept up last year despite the worst recession in decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week.

“The growing population areas are the ones who tend to attract new jobs,” said Janet Watermeier, county Economic Development Alliance executive director. “I believe this is our decade.”

Volusia population drops for 2nd consecutive year

Volusia County continued to lose residents in 2009 while Flagler County, though plagued by higher unemployment, continued to grow, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday.

Volusia lost an estimated 1,454 residents between 2008 and 2009. That followed a similar loss of 1,425 between 2007 and 2008.

Although the combined losses total less than 1 percent of the county's estimated 2007 population of 498,769, they are a sign of the recession's lingering impact.

Census may seem like a nuisance, but it’s a very powerful, important tool

Why all the hoopla over the Census?

For starters, it’s the reason behind the distribution of billions of federal funds to local and state governments.

In addition, the Census helps establish legislative districts and determine how many representatives are needed on the U.S. House.

An accurate count of every person during this year’s Census could possibly result in one additional representation in Congress for Florida.

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