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Fishkind Conversations: Census Shows 200K Overcount In FL Population

Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

New Census data were released last week, and economic analyst Hank Fishkind says they show important changes over the last decade. He says almost all the growth from 2010 from 2020 happened in metro areas, while small towns and rural areas generally lost residents.

That pattern also held up in Florida. But there’s a wrinkle, as Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston: both the Census and the State have been overcounting the Sunshine State’s population by a whopping 200,000 people.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.