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 TheFloridaScorecard.org, Florida’s population has surpassed 21 million people.  The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Executive Vice President, Tony Carvajal, released the following statement:

TheFloridaScorecard.org, 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. TheFloridaScorecard.org 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 www.Florida2030.org to download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies report and to learn more.

Learn More

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 kbustamante@flfoundation.org.

Did You Know Florida is Projected to Be a Top State for Job Growth?

Florida’s job growth is climbing faster than the national average, with 105,000 jobs added halfway through this year. Kiplinger Magazine recently named Florida as a top state for future job creation, beating out Texas, California and others.

With Florida’s population projected to grow to nearly 26 million by 2030, , 2 million new jobs will need to be added to meet job demand and keep unemployment rates low. Is your community on track?

Get Involved

To learn more about job growth and innovation, attend the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2015 Future of Florida Forum in Orlando on September 28-29.

Did You Know in 2030, 1/3 of Florida’s Current Workforce Will be Retired or Planning to Retire?

Over the next 15 years, more than 2 million Floridians will celebrate their 65th birthday- about 700 every day- and become part of the 1 in 4 active seniors living here in 2030. Are you prepared for the disruption that retirement will have on your community’s workforce?

Since Florida’s aging population represents some of the most vibrant and engaged in the country, we should expect robust entrepreneurial and community level activity from them across the state. (Will Baby Boomers ever really slow down?)

It is not too soon to build cross-generational programs to leverage the insights and entrepreneurial spirit found in leaders of all ages in your company. Businesses and communities need to start preparing for the transfer of knowledge, adaptive living, healthcare, and service needs required to address this growing demographic.

“Among our state’s many unique resources are Florida’s vibrant senior communities,” said Kay Ayers, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at SantaFe HealthCare. “Ensuring their continued health and well-being reduces unnecessary healthcare costs, increases levels of volunteerism, and allows for the transfer of knowledge and skills to those entering the workplace – a critical component to meeting our future workforce needs.”

Share Your Story:

Is your organization preparing for the transfer of knowledge required by 2030? Is your community ready for the new normal? Send examples of your strategies or concerns to jparrish@flfoundation.org.

About the Florida Scorecard:

The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1283.

Did You Know that Florida’s Population Could Increase to Nearly 26 Million by 2030?

At the highest estimate, Florida’s population is projected to increase by 6 million people for a total population of nearly 26 million by 2030. To put it in perspective, that’s larger than the current population of Australia. Florida can expect that two-thirds of the population growth will occur in just 15 of Florida’s 67 counties. Of the total growth, more than half will occur in just 10 counties.

 

This means that Florida’s high-population counties are expected to become even more densely populated in the future. While the growth could potentially create issues with congestion, water availability and increased need for schools and other public works, there are numerous opportunities for a booming real estate market, expansion of business and increased capital investment. The larger concentration can also provide more opportunities for transit solutions as the density grows in some areas of our state.

As population increases, job creation will become imperative to sustaining Florida’s economic prosperity. By marketing Florida as an ideal business location, the state can attract new high-wage jobs and compete on a global scale.

“We have an incredibly compelling story, and we should tell it,” said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company. “People need to know that Florida is more than just a fantastic tourist destination – it’s a place where businesses, both domestic and international, are successfully competing and growing.

As the second largest county, Broward County’s population is currently estimated at 1.8 million and is expected to increase to 1.94 million by 2030. At Broward County’s recent “State of Our County” forum, 900 business, civic and community leaders gathered to discuss the future of the county.

Tony Carvajal, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber Foundation, spoke about the increase in population, stating that while Broward County appears to be growing economically, it needs to have plans in place to be well-positioned for even more growth. Carvajal said that 90,000 new jobs must be created by 2030 – particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

As a Florida Chamber Foundation Six Pillar Community, Broward County is prepared to meet the challenges presented by population growth. By following the Six Pillar framework, the county is implementing a strategic plan that will guide them to a future economy that includes prosperity, high-paying jobs, a vibrant community, and global competitiveness.

Share Your Story:

What is your community doing to prepare for population growth? We want to hear from you. Email jparrish@flfoundation.org and share your story.

Get Involved:

Is your community focused on growth, prosperity and global competitiveness? Click here to learn more about Six Pillar framework and how your community or organization can effectively plan for a future economy.

About the Florida Scorecard:

The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy. Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Dr. Jerry Parrish with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1283.