Florida's population is surging – again!
The Sunshine State is on a path to push past New York and become the third most-populous state in the nation, according to the the U.S. Census.
About 60 percent of the new residents are from other U.S. states, and 40 percent are from abroad, according to University of Florida researchers.
Is this a good trend for Florida, its economy and future? What do you think?
According to the U.S. Census: "Florida's total population growth of 219,000 during 2010–2011 ranked third behind Texas (421,215, 1st) and California (353,714, 2nd) in the United States. Florida remains the fourth largest state in the country. The data also reveal that if Florida maintains this growth rate and if New York maintains its current growth rate, Florida will surpass New York as the third most populated state in the country sometime in the 2013–2014 timeframe."
Some see it as bragging rights.
Others heave a collective sigh and envision bigger traffic jams, longer waits and over-crowded schools.
Is there room and resources for everyone, or do you want to close the doors to new growth in Florida? Let us know in the comments below!