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Facts About Florida

Facts about Florida

Population  (According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau)

19,057,542, which is about 6% of the total of the United States

·         17.3% is age 65 and older

·         16% Africian American population 

·         57.9% Caucasian population

·         22.5% Hispanic population

·         8,989,580 housing units

·         $47,661 median household income

 

 

Florida Economy, State Spending & Taxes

Lets face it, Florida is about tourism and retirement. The real estate boom brought us building - both residential and commercial. For the next five years or so, we will absorb the over building that occurred duing the past five years. But, the sun is still shining, we still have no income tax and no oil has soiled our beaches. Folks still want to retire to a paradise, and Florida has many types of "paradise" to offer.

 

Here are some of the facts about our economy:

Gross State Product:

  • $491 Billion (2001)
  • $472 Billion (2000)

Economy Strengths:

  • International Trade (40% of all U.S. exports to Latin and South America pass through Florida)
  • Tourism - with 76.8 million visitors in 2004 (a record number), Florida is the top travel destination in the world. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $57 billion on Florida’s economy. Click here for additional tourism facts and statistics.
  • Agriculture – Florida leads the southeast in farm income. Florida produces about 75% of U.S. oranges and accounts for about 40% of the world's orange juice supply.
  • Construction - This industry's strength results from the steady stream of new residents and visitors who are welcomed to Florida each year.
  • Services - growth in high tech, financial & back office operations
  • Software - many small, entrepreneurial companies
  • Health Technology (medical, biotech, laboratories)
  • University Research - more than $500 million per year in sponsored research at Florida universities
  • (Click Here) for more information on Florida's economy