Florida Gained 365,000 Residents in Past Year

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Florida had the second-biggest population gain of any state in the nation in the past year.

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

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.

Florida’s population now stands at 20.2 million residents, making it the third most populous state behind California and Texas.

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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