Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Florida history: 1960 population and - wow - those food prices



Posted by Jane Feehan

The Census of 1960 indicated Florida led the nation with the biggest percentage* increase in population during the previous decade. The government counted 4,951,560 persons in the state, an upward change of 78.7 percent. The nation's population by 1960 reached 179,323,175 - an increase of 18.5 percent.


The census also revealed the following 1960 South Florida county statistics:

Broward population: 329,431
Dade population: 917,685
Palm Beach population: 224,537

The three counties made up 50 percent of the state's population growth rate.

Fort Lauderdale counted 81,806 residents in 1960. The population of the city in 2011 was estimated at  165,521.

A look at 1960 grocery ads from A&P and Publix markets will generate nostalgia if population stats do not.

Beef ribs - 65 cents a pound
Beef rib roast - 69 cents a pound
Chicken fryer, leg or breast - 29-39 cents a pound
Morton's chicken pot pies - 5 for 99 cents
Eggs - 45 cents a dozen
Bananas - three pounds for 25 cents
Kraft Velveeta Cheese - 2 pound loaf - 85 cents
Bacon - one pound - 49 cents

* California led the nation in the largest numerical gain.

Florida population see: http://janesbits.blogspot.com/2012/04/florida-history-florida-broward.html
1950s, see: http://janesbits.blogspot.com/2012/04/florida-history-south-florida.html
or: http://janesbits.blogspot.com/2010/10/florida-history-broward-county-and-fort.html

OR use search box at top right to find more "Florida history or "Fort Lauderdale history"

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Sources:
Miami News, Nov. 15, 1960
Ocala Star Banner, June 7, 1960
Palm Beach Post, June 1, 1960


Tags: 1960 Census, Florida Population 1960, Broward population 1960, Palm Beach County population 1960, Dade County population 1960, Fort Lauderdale population 1960, food prices 1960, film researcher











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