Florida Has the Second Fewest Native Residents of Any State
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.
via NY Times
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.
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.