Orlando now has more people than St. Petersburg, making it Florida’s fourth largest city.
The Census Bureau says Orlando now has more than 255,000 residents, compared to St. Petersburg’s 249,000.
Jacksonville is by far the state’s most populous city with 842,583, followed by Miami with 417,650 and Tampa with 352,957.
Orlando has a higher birthrate than St. Petersburg and has more room for expansion because it is not surrounded by water. St. Petersburg’s residents are also older on average, meaning the city has a higher death rate.
From 2010 to 2013, Orlando’s population went up 6,008, while St. Petersburg’s increase was 4,593.
Information from McClatchy-Tribune Information Services was used in this report.