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Tallahassee, Florida

Florida is the 4th most populous and the 26th largest (53,625 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Tallahassee (see the image below). Majority of occupations in Florida is management and professional (32.80%), followed by sales and office (28.30%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Florida has some nicknames including the Alligator State, Everglade State, Flower State and Gulf State
  2. Florida has one of the highest sales of accommodation and food services, in $1000 ($41,922,059.00 vs. national average $613,795,732.00)
  3. Florida has one of the highest number of housing units (9,047,612 whereas national median 132,802,859)
  4. Florida has one of the highest retail sales, in $1000 ($262,341,127.00 whereas USA average $3,917,663,456.00)
  5. Florida has one of the highest number of population under 65 years old (18.70% whilst USA average 14.10%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, Florida population was 19,552,860 which ranks the 4th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Florida is Jacksonville. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, net population change is 4.00%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Florida population represents 6.19% of the entire population in the USA as depicted in the following chart.

Florida total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Florida (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 78.10%
  • Black or African American 16.70%
  • Asian ethnicity 2.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 1.90%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Florida population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Florida population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 5.50% of Florida population are under 5 years old, 20.60% are under 18 years and 18.70% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 27.30% of Florida population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.10% which is slightly more than male population. Florida female population number ranks the 14th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Florida and the USA.

Female and male population in Florida vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 85.80%, higher than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 26.20%, this is lower than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 68.10% which is higher than US average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 15.60%, this is higher than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Florida Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.52% of total land area
  • Florida has more population density than the USA average (350.6 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Florida is higher by .59 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Florida land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Florida USA
Land area (square miles) 53,624.76 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 350.6 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 79.4 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Florida unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.00% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Florida is $7.93 per hour, which ranks the 15th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Florida based on Census 2010
Occupation Florida USA
Management or professional-related job 32.80% 34.90%
Service-related job 19.20% 17.10%
Sales and office job 28.30% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.70% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 10.00% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 8.90% 12.50%
Comparison of Florida Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Florida usually took more time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Florida was 25.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 9.00%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.50%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 3.20%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 22.40%, higher than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 28.90%, higher than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Florida is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Florida USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 104,832,907 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 221,641,518 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 262,341,127 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 41,922,059 613,795,732
Florida Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $14,353.00, which is higher than U.S median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Florida was 64,810.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Florida has one of the highest number of building permits (64,810 vs. USA median 829,658)
  2. Florida has one of the highest number of Hispanic-owned firms (22.40% compared to USA median 8.30%)
  3. Florida has one of the lowest number of production, transportation and material moving occupations (8.90% whereas national median 12.50%)
  4. Florida has one of the highest number of veterans (1,606,758 compared to national average 21,853,912)
  5. Florida has one of the highest number of sales and office occupations (28.30% compared to USA average 25.50%)
  6. Florida has one of the highest number of firms (2,009,589 vs. USA average 27,092,908)

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