The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) began making population estimates for Florida and its counties in the 1950s, formally establishing the Population Program in 1972 when BEBR received the first of a continuous series of annual contracts from the State of Florida to produce the state’s official city and county population estimates.
The Population Program continues to produce Florida’s official city, county, and state population estimates each year. These estimates are used for state revenue-sharing and many other planning, budgeting, and analytical purposes. The program also produces estimates of households and average household size and projections by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for the state and each county.
Members of the Population Program work on a variety of demographic research projects and publish the results in books, monographs, scholarly journals, and technical reports. They also make presentations on Florida’s demographic trends to business, government, and civic groups throughout the state and respond to many telephone requests for demographic data and analysis.
BEBR is Florida’s representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and Projections, and works closely with the U.S. Census Bureau to improve the quality of demographic data in Florida. Over the years, staff members have served on the Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and Projections, the U.S. Census Bureau Advisory Committee, the National Research Council’s Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methodologies, the Board of Directors of the Southern Demographic Association, and the Population Association of America’s Committee on Applied Demography.
- Florida Estimates of Population: mid to late October (Table 1. Estimates of Population by County and City in Florida).
- Florida Estimates of Population: late December/early January (publication and additional tables).
- Florida Number of Households and Average Household Size: late December/early January.
- Florida County Population Projections: release date depends on scheduling of the Demographic Estimating Conference (DEC) supporting the General Appropriations Act (http://edr.state.fl.us/Content/conferences/population/index.cfm); the release date is 60 days following the DEC (usually in April).
- Florida Population Projections by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: late June/early July.
Is there a charge for the BEBR population and household estimates, and the BEBR population projections?
The BEBR population and household estimates published in: Florida Estimates of Population and Florida Population Studies: Number of Households and Average Household Size in Florida , and the BEBR population projections published in Florida Population Studies: Projections of Florida Population by County , Florida Population Studies: Population Projections by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Florida and Its Counties and Detailed Population Projections by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Florida and Its Counties are available for download free of charge. Customized population projections for other geographic areas such as cities or zip codes can also be provided; please contact us for pricing information. See the Population Services page for more details.