Florida has officially passed New York as the nation’s third most populous state.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida’s population significantly grew to 19.9 million in just one year, passing New York’s 19.7 million mark.
Florida’s population grew by 293,000 to 19.9 million between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. New York increased its population by 51,000 to 19.7 million.
Last year, New York narrowly edged Florida by 98,267 people — forestalling what demographers, and many New Yorkers, knew was inevitable.
California remains the country’s largest state with 38.8 million residents. Texas is second with 27 million.