For the first time in nearly a decade, Florida gained more people than California this year. Adding 365,703 people—more than 1,000 a day—bumped Florida’s total population to 20.27 million.
Almost a third of Florida’s new residents were immigrants, with Census Bureau estimates released this fall showing Cuba as the top source recently.
Democrats won the 2012 presidential race in Florida by about a 1% margin, and how the latest population figures affect that state’s vote is difficult to pin down. The retirees who flocked there in recent years voted strongly for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, but the bulging Hispanic population helped President Barack Obama take the state, said Mr. Frey.