Florida’s rapid growth has propelled the Sunshine State past New York as the nation’s third most populous state, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Census Bureau.
From July 1, 2013 to the first of July this year, Florida added 803 new residents each day, growing its population by 293,000 up to a total of 19.9 million, according to figures released Tuesday. New York’s population grew slightly, to 19.7 million.
California remains the nation’s most populous state with 38.8 million residents, followed by Texas at 27 million.
The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.4 million to 318.9 million.
Florida’s population grew at a faster clip than the country, and only California and Texas saw larger increases.
The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses, according to the bureau.