The newest estimates set to be released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Dec. 30 will show that Florida is virtually tied with New York in terms of state population. Projections show that the Sunshine State could overtake the Empire State as early as February of this year.
As of July 1st, Florida had a population of 19,552,860, trailing New York by just 98,000 people.
Over the past three years, Florida has outpaced New York by an average of 414 new residents per day. At that rate, it would take 237 days from Just 1st for Florida to pass New York which would be February 23, 2014. Florida's population is growing at 2.7 percent annually which is 1 percent higher than the national average. New York is growing at a rate of about 1 percent annually.
Both states are still well behind California which had 38 million residents in 2012 and the second most populous state, Texas, with 26 million