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Florida Natives Make Up 36% of Florida’s Population

Florida (WTFF) – Out of the 20,984,400 people living in Florida, 7,546,073 of them were born here.

This 2017 data comes from the United State Census Bureau.

Contrary to the popular trope that “Florida Natives are rare in Florida,” Florida-born Floridians actually make up the largest chunk of people living in the state.

For clarity, when we say “Florida Natives,” we’re talking about people born in the postcolonial state of Florida, not the original Florida Natives who were almost completely exterminated by settlers.

The next largest group is made up of people born in foreign countries at 4,645,890 (not counting U.S. territories).

In third place, our state has 1,594,570 Native New Yorkers living in it.

Next in line, Pennsylvanians at 567,121.

New Jerseyans take fifth place, with 519,478 of their people gracing our state.

The state of Ohio comes in sixth, as 511,272 Ohioans decided to move here, to the annoyance of most Floridians.

Here’s all the data:

RankBirth PlaceCurrently in Florida (2017)Percentage
#01Florida 7,546,07335.96%
#02Foreign Country4,645,89022.14%
#03New York 1,594,5707.60%
#04Pennsylvania567,1212.70%
#05New Jersey 519,4782.48%
#06Ohio 511,2722.44%
#07Puerto Rico495,4352.36%
#08Illinois465,3812.22%
#09Michigan 422,1422.01%
#10Massachusetts 362,6001.73%
#11Georgia 361,0301.72%
#12California 288,5551.38%
#13Indiana 240,1271.14%
#14Texas 208,6090.99%
#15Alabama 206,9110.99%
#16Virginia 192,8090.92%
#17Connecticut 187,7360.89%
#18North Carolina 165,0960.79%
#19Maryland 157,8270.75%
#20Tennessee 136,1220.65%
#21Kentucky 134,8770.64%
#22Wisconsin 118,8000.57%
#23Missouri 114,5740.55%
#24South Carolina 97,5370.46%
#25West Virginia 97,3530.46%
#26Louisiana 83,7310.40%
#27Minnesota 83,0600.40%
#28Mississippi 79,4980.38%
#29Iowa 71,2370.34%
#30Rhode Island 69,9650.33%
#31D.C.63,4100.30%
#32Maine 59,3990.28%
#33Colorado 55,7650.27%
#34Oklahoma 54,4560.26%
#35Washington 54,4420.26%
#36New Hampshire 52,5190.25%
#37Arkansas 44,6090.21%
#38Kansas 42,5270.20%
#39Arizona 36,4870.17%
#40Delaware 33,3970.16%
#41Nebraska 30,7090.15%
#42Vermont 27,0000.13%
#43Hawaii 25,5700.12%
#44Oregon 24,5920.12%
#45New Mexico 23,4210.11%
#46U.S. Virgin Islands20,1920.10%
#47Utah 18,8750.09%
#48Nevada 17,4040.08%
#49North Dakota 16,6360.08%
#50Alaska 13,3410.06%
#51South Dakota 12,5750.06%
#52Idaho 10,2310.05%
#53Montana7,9630.04%
#54Wyoming6,8960.03%
#55Guam4,8720.02%
#56America Samoa1,5420.01%
#57Northern Marianas Islands1060.00%
#58Other U.S. Island Areas480.00%

Notes:

All statistics came from Census.gov.

Data was organized into a CSV file by our staff.

The “Foreign Country” field excludes the following countries, as they have their own field: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Other U.S. Island Areas.

According to the table notes, the data is 90% accurate, or close enough for government work.


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