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Friday, 12/28/02

Census Data

I pulled some numbers off of the census completed in 2000 the other day. I was curious to see what has really been happening in Palm Beach County as compared to the state of Florida and the US.

Between 1960 and 2000, population in the nation grew an average of 11.95% in each ten year census period. During that same period, the population of Florida grew by an average of 34.2% and the West Palm Beach - Boca Raton market grew an average 49.75% in each ten year cycle.

It's more impressive when you look at the real numbers. The area population in 1960 was 228,106, in 2000 it reached 1,131,184. That's an increase of more than 903,000 people. To bring it into more current figures, in the last ten years while the nation's population grew by 13.2% Florida's grew 23.5% and our own area added 267,666 new residents - a 31% advancement. I'm not going to try and intrepret the meaning or the economic impact of all of this, or where it's going from here. I found it interesting and I thought you'd like to know.

That's an afterthought.

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