Florida’s population passes 20 million

Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 1:07 p.m.

Florida had the second-biggest population gain of any state in the nation.

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New figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Florida gained more than 365,000 people from July 2014 to July 2015.

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Only Texas had a bigger gain in pure numbers, and the Lone Star State added 490,000 residents.

Florida added more people in the past year than California did.

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Florida’s population now stands at 20.2 million residents, making it only the third state after California and Texas to exceed 20 million people.

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The bulk of Florida’s population increase in the past year came from migration, rather than natural increase.

Census figures also show that 80 percent of Florida’s population, or 16.1 million people, are 18 years or older and eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election.

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