The racial makeup of Florida has had little change over the last 45 years. In 1970, the white population represented 84.3% of the population in Florida, compared to 77.7% in 2016. The black population in 1970 represented 15.3% of the population, whereas in 2016 that percentage increased to 16.8%. The other population was hardly noted in 1970, with less than 1% represented (0.4%). In 2016, their presence is recorded at 5.4%, a large jump from 1970.
Florida in 2016 was 77.79% white, 16.8% black, and 5.4% other. Other, in this Atlas, encompasses all other races besides white and black. Florida’s ethnic makeup is 24.5% Hispanic and 75.5% non-Hispanic. In this Atlas, Hispanic follows the same definition as the US Census Bureau, which counts persons of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.