It’s official. Florida has surpassed New York as the third most populous state in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Florida added an average of 803 residents every day between July 1. 2013 and July 1, 2014. Florida now has 19,893,297 residents compared to New York’s 19,746,227. New York is growing, too. It’s just not growing as fast as Florida.
What’s going on? CNN reports:
Manufacturing jobs have diminished in northern New York cities like Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. Florida, on the other hand, is seeing jump in tourism, real estate, construction, medicine and finance, (University of Miami’s Thomas) Boswell said.
But immigration is also an important factor in explaining Florida’s rise.
“Florida’s growth for many years has been due primarily to migration,” (University of Florida’s Stan) Smith said. “Typically, 80 to 90% of growth in the state has to do with people moving in.”
The spike in immigration includes people moving from other states as well as from abroad, Smith said. Based on responses to BEBR surveys, Smith said, most people moving to Florida do so for job-related reasons. The state also draws retirees seeking a warmer climate.
Florida is the number one destination for people leaving Rochester. Between 2007 and 2011, Monroe County had a net loss of 1,082 residents to the Sunshine State. Monroe County’s population hasn’t dipped because of immigrants.
Links of the Day:
– In New York State, you’ll never see the internal investigation or disciplinary against a police officer. The only time I’ve see one made public was the Craig Heard shooting. The info was contained in lawsuit court paperwork.
– Experts say New York’s new casinos won’t have a big economic impact.
– Racetracks are very worried about the casino expansion.
– This is why nuclear power plants, including Ginna, are in trouble.
– Young women who don’t go to college are more likely to be raped.
– From $10 million to $10 an hour: Donte Stallworth, former NFL wide receiver, is working as a Huffington Post intern.
– Phew. This map shows Rochesterians like “dude” and “buddy” more than “bro.”
Tweet of the Day:
— Chris Clemens (@cpclemens) December 23, 2014