Population Growth In Florida Driven By Hispanics

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ New figures show that Hispanic residents made up almost half of Florida’s population growth last year.

The figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Florida grew by more than 290,000 residents from July 2013 to July 2014. More than 141,000 of those new residents were Hispanic.

Florida’s growth rate for the year was about 1.5 percent, bringing the state population to 19.9 million.