Florida's Population Up Since Last Census

Florida's population grew by almost 11 percent in the past eight years.

That's according to an estimate released this week by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

The estimate puts Florida's population at 20.8 million residents as of this past April.

It shows that Florida's grown by 2 million residents since the last decennial Census in 2010. The decennial Census is used for drawing new congressional and legislative districts.

The University of Florida research bureau arrives at its estimate using utility customers, homestead exemptions and building permits. 

The U.S. Census uses births, deaths and migration in its calculation and places Florida's population at 20.9 million residents as of July 2017.

Florida is the nation's third most populous state, trailing only California and Texas.

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