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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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and 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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