Florida counties population rank: 1970 and 2020

This exercise helps show how the population centers of the state have shifted since Florida first became a major population center in the late 1960’s. You’ll note many counties that today have a large suburban or exurban population were less-populated in 1970, than traditional rural counties that have hardly grown in the last 50 years.

Interestingly, the seven large urban counties in 1970 are the same large urban counties today, but below that, lots of shifts.

Counties are ranked by population 1-67 in both 1970 and 2020.

County2020 rank 1970 rank
Miami-Dade11
Broward 22
Palm Beach36
Hillsborough 45
Orange57
Pinellas64
Duval73
Lee813
Polk 99
Brevard108
Volusia 1111
Pasco1220
Seminole 1318
Sarasota1412
Manatee 1516
Collier1626
Osceola1736
Marion1822
Lake 1921
St Lucie2024
Escambia2110
Leon2215
Alachua2314
St Johns2432
Clay2531
Okaloosa2617
Hernando2740
Charlotte2835
Bay2919
Santa Rosa3027
Martin3134
Indian River3229
Citrus3339
Sumter3444
Flagler3563
Highlands3633
Nassau3738
Monroe3823
Punam3928
Walton4041
Columbia4137
Jackson4230
Gadsden4325
Suwannee4442
Okeechboee4552
Hendy4650
Levy4749
DeSoto4848
Wakulla4961
Baker5055
Bradford5145
Hardee5243
Washington5351
Taylor5446
Holmes5553
Madison5647
Gilchrist5765
Dixie5862
Union5957
Gulf6054
Hamilton6158
Calhoun6259
Jefferson6356
Glades6464
Franklin6560
Lafayette6667
Liberty6766

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