By the mid-1990s, few states could challenge Florida’s Sunbelt growth image and megastate status. Now the fourth largest state, following California, Texas, and New York, Florida has had a dramatically rising demographic trajectory for most of the twentieth century. Indeed, the state’s population growth rate has never fallen below 28 percent a decade since 1900; it was much higher than that during the boom years of the 1920s (52 percent), the 1950s (79 percent), and the 1970s (44 percent). Since 1960, however, a substantial portion of the state’s new population has come as a consequence of immigration. Careful estimates in 1995 suggest that about 18 percent of Florida’s almost 14 million residents are foreign born, including several hundred thousand undocumented or illegal immigrants.
Mohl, Raymond A.
"Asian Immigration to Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 74:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol74/iss3/3