Historic Milestone: Florida Population Surpasses 21 Million

Tallahassee, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2018) – The Florida Chamber Foundation today announced a historic change to Florida’s population- according to estimates found on, Florida’s population has surpassed 21 million people.  The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Executive Vice President, Tony Carvajal, released the following statement:, which houses thousands of metrics on Florida and each of Florida’s 67 counties, estimates that Florida’s population has now surpassed 21 million people. As the third largest state in the nation- that as of 2017 was steadily outpacing growth in states like New York- and with an economy that this year topped $1 trillion, Florida’s growth brings opportunity to our state.


But growth is not without its challenges. also estimates that by 2030, Florida will welcome nearly 5 million more residents. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 research provides a blueprint for Florida’s growth and asks- is Florida ready? A growing population means our state must be ready to produce more jobs and prepare for current and future workforce needs, accommodate more drivers on the road, respond to growing water and energy demands and more.


Florida is a leader in the nation for job creation and as we plan for 2030, we need to ensure our state is able to remain globally competitive, fuel prosperity and high-wage jobs, and foster vibrant and resilient communities. Florida’s business leaders are working together with community, industry, philanthropic and elected leaders across the state and aligning our state under one goal- to secure Florida’s future.”

ICYMI: What is Florida 2030 and how will it impact every community in Florida?  Visit to download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies report and to learn more.

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For an indepth review on population numbers and other metrics, or to set up an interview with the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist, contact Kat Bustamante

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