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Is Florida Getting Too Crowded?

The state may overtake New York in population size, with 60 percent of new residents moving from other U.S. states and 40 percent from abroad.

Florida's population is surging – again!

The Sunshine State is on a path to push past New York and become the third most-populous state in the nation, according to the the U.S. Census.

About 60 percent of the new residents are from other U.S. states, and 40 percent are from abroad, according to University of Florida researchers.

Is this a good trend for Florida, its economy and future? What do you think?

According to the U.S. Census: "Florida's total population growth of 219,000 during 2010–2011 ranked third behind Texas (421,215, 1st) and California (353,714, 2nd) in the United States. Florida remains the fourth largest state in the country. The data also reveal that if Florida maintains this growth rate and if New York maintains its current growth rate, Florida will surpass New York as the third most populated state in the country sometime in the 2013–2014 timeframe."

Some see it as bragging rights.

Others heave a collective sigh and envision bigger traffic jams, longer waits and over-crowded schools.

Is there room and resources for everyone, or do you want to close the doors to new growth in Florida? Let us know in the comments below!

Mindy January 12, 2013 at 04:01 AM
have you actually taken a survey of what really matters to most people here mr. tiegen? i'm thinking not! you insult not only me but others as well. i commend your work at the Patch but your choices of words are less than desirable.
Mindy January 12, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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Opinionated...sometimes January 12, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Allies Grandpa Well Said and Thank you!
michael mirra January 13, 2013 at 01:11 AM
The Damn Yankee comment is not cool. It isn't 1970 anymore. The main thing that keeps Florida green is the Yankee dollar. The only time I agree with the term Damn Yankees is if you are talking about the baseball team's fans that live here & continue to support a team for a city 1,000 mies away, where they no longer live. We have one of the best teams in baseball here in Tampa Bay & fail to support their home town team to the point that they may move to another city where people would embrace them for the great team that they are. Too many ex NY ers live here, but aren't Tampa Bay people. They are New Yorkers that are currently living away from home. Some for 30-40 years, or more. Read my lips. The Yankees are the enemy. We strive to bet them & are doing a damn good job for the comparitive dollar.
Alex May 01, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I'm really sorry, I wasn't at all critizing "people from the north" I was commenting the feelings some locals have about northerners which I am one of them. So sorry for the confusion.

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