We’re Number Three!

Wow!  The man doesn’t make a post in two months – then makes posts three consecutive days!  Wat up wid dat?

Take a look at the following parts of the front pages of yesterday’s Fort Lauderdale and Miami papers:

Sun-Sentinel-Population

Herald-Population

Yay!  We’re number three!

When I was just one year old, according to the 1940 Census, my home state – New York – was the most populous state in the Union.  With a population of  13,479,142 it was the only one of the 48 states with over ten million people.  Pennsylvania, with 9,900,180 was the 2nd most populous, and Illinois with 7,897,241 was 3rd.  The major population and political power of the country was concentrated in the  Northeastern and Upper Midwestern States.  In 1940 Florida’s population was 1,897,414, ranking 27th.

Since then, all of the states have gained population, the the major gains have been experienced in the South, mainly in Florida, the Southwest, primarily Texas and in California.

According to the just released Census estimates, the most populous states are now:

California…………………………..38,802,500

Texas…………………………………26,956,958

Florida………YAY!……………….19,893,297

New York…BOO HOO!………..19,746,237

Illinois……………………………….12,880,580

I feel sort of sad that my native state, the Empire State, has fallen so far behind in people and power.  There was once a time that the Governor of New York, whether Democrat or Republican, was automatically a leading contender for his party’s nomination for the Presidency.  There was once a time that New York’s electoral votes usually determined the result of presidential elections.  New York City in 1940 was the largest city in the World.  Now it is only the 19th largest.  Too Bad!  So Sad!  Boo Hoo!

However, if New York had to be dropped to 4th place I’m glad it was by my adopted state of Florida.  However, even though Florida gains an average of 803 more people each day it can never hope to catch either Texas or California.

 

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2 responses to “We’re Number Three!

  1. Dave

    I can’t see why California is the top choice……..

  2. Dave

    The whole U.S. is like a big equalizer. People move when they can’t tolerate certain things anymore. Lets see, more sunshine and less taxes………hmmmm

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