According to recent population estimates released by the Census Bureau, Southeast Florida has a population greater than all but five of the country’s metropolitan regions. If the seven counties were defined as a Metropolitan Statistical Area, Southeast Florida would be larger than the metropolitan areas of Washington DC, Philadelphia and Houston. The census validates what we know: every year our region has a stronger voice nationally and greater prominence internationally. It is time for a plan.
This information comes from Census Bureau data compiled by Richard Ogburn, Director of Research for the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Specifically, the seven-county population total was 6,410,776 as of July 1, 2012. International migration into Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties was responsible for over half of the increase in population since the 2010 Census. There also were significant gains from both natural increase and domestic migration from elsewhere in the US. For county-by-county specifics, see the attached analysis from SFRPC.