By Morton D. Winsberg
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Petersburg region and on the Gold Coast, particularly in Miami-Dade County. The non-Hispanic white population age 65 and over first reached a share of a county’s total population at least 50 percent higher than that of the nation’s total in the counties of Pinellas, where St. Petersburg is located, and Highlands, then a rural county in the state’s interior (fig. 1). Gradually, more counties reached that threshold and were included on the map. The majority that passed the threshold did so between 1960 and 1980, a period during which Florida became the leading destination of non-Hispanic white retirees in the nation.
Another resident, John Agwunobi, whose father was born in Nigeria, at the time of writing was the state’s Secretary of Health. Other Asian Ancestry Longtime Florida residents might assume, as they observe the proliferation of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian restaurants throughout the state, that Florida is being inundated by Asians. Tallahassee, for instance, had no Chinese restaurants in 1965, but by 2005 hosted over twenty. Many of the state’s smaller rural towns now have at least one.
During the 1960s, Hispanics, particularly Mexicans, began to be an important component of the state’s agricultural labor force. As a result, their share in several rural counties in the southern half of the peninsula helped elevate those Hispanic populations to at least 4 percent. During the 1970s, Hispanics continued to enter Florida’s agricultural workforce in large numbers, but others were attracted to Orange County (Orlando) where they filled service positions in the rapidly expanding tourist industry.
Atlas of Race, Ancestry, and Religion in 21st-Century Florida by Morton D. Winsberg