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2008
population
Growth
rate
Doubling
time
Death
rate
Birth
rate
Net
migration
Population
density
%Population
65+
Florida
18,328,340
.0167
41.32
9.4
13.1
190,894
338.4
17.4
Arizona
6,500,180
.0287
24
7.5
16.6
66,344
55.8
13.3
Texas
24,326,974
.0187
36.9
6.7
17.0
36,566
91.3
10.2
The three states I chose for my demographic circumstances analysis were Florida, Arizona and
Texas. We were told to choose states with varying population growth rates so being new to demography I
did my best to choose three states that differed in their rate of growth without calculating growth rates for
all fifty states. Being that we live in Florida, I was already well aware of the state population issues and
chose Florida as my high growth rate state. Texas seemed to me like a nice middle state so I initially
chose this state as my median growth state. I didn’t know much about the population of Arizona, but the
number of people was so small compared to the other two states I automatically assumed that Arizona
would be my low growth rate state. This paper begins with a brief explanation of my findings of the
population statistics of these states and my reaction to, and explanation of these findings. I will then go on
to discuss the implications of and reasons behind these growth rates that I found after more research.
When I actually calculated the growth rates for my states, I realized that my estimates went
completely in the wrong direction. Florida, who I thought would have the highest population growth,
actually came in last at 1.7%. The state with the smallest population, Arizona, actually has the highest rate
of growth at 2.9%. Texas came in the middle with a population growth rate of 1.9%. The most surprising
to me was Arizona. I expected a state with such a small population to have a very miniscule growth rate,
but the growth rate if Arizona is actually a whole percent higher than that of Florida or Texas.
The rest of the data was not as surprising to me. The doubling times fell right in line with the
growth rate calculations. Arizona with the highest growth rate has a doubling time of a mere 24 years.
Florida and Texas have doubling times of 41 and 37 years, respectively. Florida actually has a fairly high
death rate of 9.4 with Arizona and Texas calculating at 7.5 and 6.7. I would assume that the discrepancies
in death rates are a result of the age of the populations. Florida, with the highest death rate also has the
oldest population. Being a Florida resident, I would like to attribute the age of the population to retirees
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View Full Documentand snow birds who enjoy Florida’s stable weather and climate conditions. Texas and Arizona also follow
this trend. Texas, the state with the lowest death rate also has the youngest population. When I mention
population age I am not actually using age averages; but referencing the percent of the population in each
state that is aged 65 years or older. Florida’s population is 17.4 percent 65 years and older while Arizona
has 13.3 percent and Texas 10.2.
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 Spring '09
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