Demographers expect Florida will soon surpass New York as the most populous state, according to a recent report by the New York Times.
The Census Bureau will officially release the latest population estimates Monday, and many expect Florida and New York will be separated by a very thin margin, saying that if Florida doesn't pass New York this year, it certainly will in 2014, the Times reported.
While the Times said New York is growing, Florida is growing at a much faster rate with areas like Miami-Dade County, Tampa and Jacksonville tipping the scale.
In 2012, New York's population was estimated to be 19.6 million. Florida's 2012 population estimate was 19.3 million, with 4.4 million coming from Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
If Florida's population surpasses New York's, that would place it No. 3 on the list of most populous states, behind California at No. 1 and Texas at No. 2.