Florida Has the Second Fewest Native Residents of Any State

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via NY Times
If you live in Florida, there's only a little more than a one-in-three chance you were born in this state. In fact, Florida has the second-lowest rate of population made up by native-born residents of that state in the entire nation.

Perhaps it's not necessarily shocking to Miamians, but a series of maps published by the New York Times last week reminded us it's something worth talking about every once in a while.

Just 36 percent of Florida's residents were born in Florida as of 2012. Only Nevada has a smaller native population, with only 25 percent of residents born in the state, but Nevada isn't so much a state as it is a collection of brothels and casinos in the desert anyway.

In fact, Florida is only one of three states where less than 40 percent of the population is native-born. The third is Arizona, with 38 percent of residents natives.

So where are all these nonnative Floridians coming from?

Well, 23 percent of Floridians were born outside the continental United States. (The Times doesn't mention it, but we believe that number also includes Puerto Rico.)

Only two states have a higher population born overseas: New York (25 percent) and California (28 percent).

New Yorkers, meanwhile, lead the way for Americans from other states moving to Florida, which should be a surprise to no one. Really, there are too many Jets fans here. All in all, 8 percent of Floridians were born in New York.

Here's a map showing Florida's interstate immigration over time. Click over to the Times for the interactive version.

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Native Pennsylvanians accounts for 4 percent of all current Floridians, while the rest of the Northeast provides another 8 percent of Florida's population. Illinois and Ohio each account for three percent of the population.

It's worth noting that Florida's native population has increased in recent years. In 1990, only 30 percent of Floridians were born in Florida.

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Adner Arana
Adner Arana

Is a beautiful state with lots of beaches to enjoy, amazing weather, great cities close to water, a bridge to many other countries and there is actually lots of affordable great places to live.

Gisselle Callejas
Gisselle Callejas

I feel lucky I grew up in South Florida but it's a hard place to be an adult in. I don't see how you can call it bandwagon and fairweather when it's very likely they or their family are actually from New York/Chicago/wherever, and that's the problem. They think of living in Florida (South Florida, particularly) as being this temporary thing, what do they care if it goes to hell? They'll be going back home (wherever that is) anyway. Meanwhile those of us who grew up here and call it home, period, are left to deal with the mess people who have no investment in it will leave.

Ruth Serrano
Ruth Serrano

My family is part of the 40%. All four of us Borneo and raised, still living her in Miami, Florida.

Emanuel Jordan
Emanuel Jordan

Bandwagon jumpers from all fifty states and eastern European and Russian trash along with Asian and South American investors. It's hopeless. Native born only hope is to move out especially from miami dade. This use to be a nice And affordable town live.

Fullerene
Fullerene

Tony, C., no humans are "native" to Florida. Now, what percentage of Seminoles now living in Florida were born in Florida?

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Actually the Seminoles are not native to Florida either.

itsnotme
itsnotme

This really shouldn't come as a surprise. I think it's human nature and especially American nature to roam. I was born and raised in Washington state (Seattle to be specific) but there is no way I will ever live in that fucking shit hole ever again. 

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Did anyone conducting this research even BOTHER to speak to the Seminole and Micosukkee people? Talk about being native to Florida. These studies and this research is laughable. And to make matters even more insulting to the idiocy of the researchers, keep in mind that the Seminole and the Micosukkee peoples are the ONLY Indian nations in the entire "USA" who NEVER 'surrendered" to the Federal Government, they basically said 'FUCK YOU" come find us, and the Feds refused to take up the challenge. So, your 'research" and your 'studies" are basically TOILET PAPER. Get an education guys, then come play.

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

Sara Mays New York (me) +Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Williamsburg) + South Carolina (Charleston) = Florida (Pensacola, Key West, Miami)

Sara Mays
Sara Mays

California (me) + Arizona + Utah = Nevada

Ashley King
Ashley King

Jennifer Palpant Johnston us natives rock

Ashley King
Ashley King

Im born and raised...an endangered species!!

Angie Parker
Angie Parker

My children are the 4th generation born and raised in south Florida, my great grandmother came from Canada, her and my great grandfather opened a bakery near coral gables in 1913. So my family represents 100 years!

Sandy Cummings DeWitt
Sandy Cummings DeWitt

In Miami, there may be a 1 in 3 chance you were born in the US, not just Florida.

Doug Spence
Doug Spence

I'm a Native Floridian! Grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and live in Orlando! I find it more humorous when the rednecks from Davie, FL and surrounding areas call themselves "Southern". Geographically, yes....... but come on man..... this is 'South New York' or 'Retirement Canada'..... y'all ain't from Alabama!!

TJ Darby
TJ Darby

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale , my mother and my grandmother were also born in Fort Lauderdale and my family has been in North Florida since the mid 1800's .

George Hoover
George Hoover

Ya but we got the Richest Tribe of them ALL...

Jeffrey Adams
Jeffrey Adams

Totally agree w that study I'm always in disbelief when I meet someone that claims to be a Florida native

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

There's a few of us here but a lot have left which is sad.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............well according to billy cypress of seminole nation the seminole were "saved" when the palefaces started fighting against each other in the palefaces civil war - otherwise union troops were poised to raid the everglades hide-outs and would have eliminated all the seminole people................so more correctly the feds didn't give up as much as got distracted pitting the union against the confederacy..............otherwise i think the NATIVITY is based on contemporary american citizenship over the last fifty or so years (basically since around WWII)


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