Florida still a prime location for relocation

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

For long one of the fastest growing states in the nation, Florida continues to benefit from a natural population growth as well as in-migration from other U.S. and international locations. Between 2007 and 2010, Florida is to add an average of 209,000 residents a year, according to Stan Smith, director of the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “Although Florida remains a major destination for retirees, far more young and middle-aged people move into the state to find work than their older counterparts arrive to retire,” Smith said.

While Florida’s overall population growth has slowed significantly from the early 2000s, the bureau’s projections show the rate will soon increase again, reaching about 317,000 a year between 2010 and 2020. That would be similar to the peak years of the 1980s and 1990s.

“Florida remains a prime destination for workers seeking new jobs and for the growing wave of baby boomers,” said economist Hank Fishkind, president of Fishkind & Associates in Orlando. His analysis of demographic data indicates Florida enjoyed a net population growth of 350,000 each year from 2000 to 2006.  That included about 203,000 people who moved to Florida from other states, about 107,000 migrants from foreign countries and about 47,000 from natural increase (total births minus total deaths). “It’s important to note that this is net growth,” added Fishkind. “The actual number of people who move to Florida each year is far greater.”

On the domestic side, the strongest traditional “sending” states are New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and California. Among top foreign countries are Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Canada.

“For many years now, Florida has had a growing population, in spite of the economic cycle in the rest of the nation”, said Wenceslao Fernandez Jr, a Realtor-Associate with Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty in Miami-Dade County.

In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that in 2010 Florida will surpass New York and become the nation’s third most populous state. By 2030, the Census Bureau projects the state’s population will reach 28.6 million, an increase of 12.7 million since 2000.

One reason for that growth is that the state’s highly diversified economy continues to attract jobs in tourism, technology, international trade and business services. That brings in individuals, couples and families in their 20s to 50s, primarily to Florida’s larger metropolitan areas.

In addition, Florida traditionally captures a large share of the domestic retiree market, ranging from highly affluent entrepreneurs and executives to moderate-income couples seeking a warm-weather destination with plenty of recreational opportunities.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 76 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. If only 5 percent retire to Florida, that alone would add 3.8 million new residents.

International buyers provide a third stream of migration into Florida, including working-age professionals, retirees and affluent second-home buyers.

As Riley said, “The bottom line is that hundreds of people move to Florida every day. That provides a solid foundation for our state’s residential real estate market.”


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