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August 14, 2018
Florida's changing demographics

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Florida's changing demographics

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| 5/28/2014

Hispanics helped fuel much of Florida’s population growth over the past decade.

Recent reports from the Pew Research Center on Hispanic and foreign-born population trends documented how the U. S.-born Latino population is now growing faster than the immigrant Hispanic population. In 2012, 49.8% of Hispanic adults were born overseas, down from 55.7% in 2007.

Among other national trends:

  • Hispanic household size is shrinking.
  • The percentage of Hispanics who have never married or who are currently unmarried has risen.
  • More than a quarter of all Hispanics speak English at home exclusively. More than half of those who speak another language at home report speaking English very well; a third say they don’t speak English very well.

The South Rises — Again

From 2010-13, the South accounted for slightly more than half of all population growth in the U.S. Among Southern states, Florida accounted for 20.9% of the South’s net population growth during that period, trailing only Texas, which accounted for 34.1%.

1 in 5

Some 19.5% of Floridians are foreign-born. Just over 23% are Hispanic. The state’s Hispanic population is not spread evenly throughout the state. Around 40% of the Hispanic population is concentrated in three counties: Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Foreign-Born Growth

Between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of foreignborn residents of Florida grew by 41%. In 2000, there were 2. 66 million foreign-born Floridians; that number rose to 3.76 million in 2012.

In Florida ...

Florida grew by some 2. 81 million residents between 2000-10. That was driven largely by growth in the state’s Hispanic population, however, which accounted for 54.7% of the state’s overall population growth. Overall, growth in the non-white population accounted for nearly 85% of Florida’s population growth in that decade.

We’re No. 4

Florida, with 3.76 million foreign-born residents, has the fourth-largest foreignborn population, after California (10.2 million); New York (4.44 million) and Texas (4.22 million).


CEO Sounding Board

What one thing about yourself, as an executive, would you want to improve upon in 2014?

Chris Morgan
Principal / Goehring & Morgan Construction

“We’re a residential highend custom builder. The one thing our company and myself want to be is a lot more disciplined in forecasting. I think we’ve learned some lessons in the last fve years. As my partner (Kim Goehring) and I approach retirement age in the next few years, my focus is on Goehring & Morgan being strong and enduring for the next generation.”

Clarke Toole
President / Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate; Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT

“If I could just do better with my time and get more effcient and get more out of it. Really it stems from giving myself more energy. You’ve got to pay attention to your nutrition, to your exercise program, pay attention to your business and family life. It all comes together and then you have more energy.”

Angel Medina Jr.
President / Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust
Coral Gables

“2014 will be a year that’s going to be focused on connecting better with my clients and associates. We’ve got to be there to provide our clients with the best wealth creation and wealth preservation strategies, and to do that we have to have the best talent that supports our vision. To get and retain the best talent we have to invest in them. That’s why it’s very important to me to spend as much time as I can connecting with both of those constituencies.”

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