About the Population Atlas

The Florida Population Atlas provides an analysis of population trends in Florida for more than 45 years. Maps, graphs, and charts depict Florida’s population growth since 1970 by age, race, ethnicity, and sex. All files are available in .pdf format for convenient printing.

Data by race are shown for white, black and other races. Data by ethnicity are shown for Hispanic and non-Hispanic starting in 2004.

Data shown in this Atlas originated from the Florida Legislature, Office of Economic and Demographic Research. All of the data are population estimates as of July 1st for each year.

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Population Pyramids are used to show the distribution of males and females across age groups. To read a pyramid, first look at the legend to see what is being measured. Next, look at the x-axis to identify the units of measurement, and then up the pyramid and across to the y-axis to identify the age group. It also should be looked at as a pyramid, as the shape indicates the type of population growth that is occurring. This can be indicative of future trends in different parts of the life course for a certain geography.

The purpose of an age pyramid is to show what age groups by sex account for what portion of a population. A trend seen in Florida is the proportion of males in each age group from <5 to 30 - 34 is higher than the proportion of females in these age groups. For the age groups 35 - 39 through 85+ the proportion of females is higher in each age group. The largest 5-year age cohort is 25-29 for males and 55-59 for females.