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USMS Membership Growth and Development

The table below reports growth in USMS membership in Florida Gold Coast LMSC and total U.S. from 1980 through 2003. This analysis puts emphasis on how we are growing relative to population in our area. Here are some observations. USMS appears to have doubled in size from 1982 (from 52 members per million people to 109 members per million people). Growth slowed from 1990 to 2000 in both rate and in the number of members. We had 137 members per million people in 2000. Growth was approximately 15,000 members from 1982 to 1990 and approximately 12,000 members from 1990 to 2000).

In 1990, Florida Gold Coast LMSC was slightly ahead of national while Florida LMSC was slightly behind. Growth in the Florida LMSC was about the same as national from 1990 thru 1999, but growth in Gold Coast was substantially greater than Florida or national. In 1999 we had 170 members per million population compared to approximately 137 in Florida LMSC and nationally. Recently our membership has not kept pace with population growth declining from 170 members per million people in 1999 to 140 members per million in 2002. Our hosting nationals in 1989, 1995 and 1998 certainly is a factor in these numbers. Membership is always boosted by hosting nationals and the recent decline is less than in other years. But it does seems appropriate to discuss membership promotion in our FGC annual meeting.

USMS Membership Growth and Development

(from 1980 through 2003)

Year USMS Members Population Members/million People
Fl Gold Coast Total U.S. FGC (4 counties) Total U.S. Fl Gold Coast Total U.S.
2003     5,328,377      
2002 735 42181 5,245,968 288,368,698 140 146
2001 737 40569 5,170,846 285,317,559 143 142
2000 782 38792 5,087,160 282,224,348 154 137
1999 809 37443 4,746,217 272,690,813 170 137
1998 745 35904 4,657,371 270,298,524 160 133
1997 634 34344 4,582,843 267,743,595 138 128
1996 611 32395 4,501,150 265,189,794 136 122
1995 653 30145 4,424,192 262,764,948 148 115
1994 641 29083 4,350,107 260,289,237 147 112
1993 456 28111 4,268,617 257,746,103 107 109
1992 389 27488 4,254,929 254,994,517 91 108
1991 486 28585 4,202,658 252,127,402 116 113
1990 470 27142 4,134,252 249,438,712 114 109
1989 548 28476 4,059,999 246,819,230 135 115
1988 529 28014 3,959,987 244,498,982 134 115
1987 471 27223 3,847,468 242,288,918 122 112
1986 448 22939 3,749,885 240,132,887 119 96
1985 315 18723 3,667,369 237,923,795 86 79
1984 358 15591 3,596,280 235,824,902 100 66
1983 178 14899 3,538,062 233,791,994 50 64
1982 146 12092 3,499,801 231,664,458 42 52
1981     3,445,162 229,465,714    
1980     3,283,712 227,224,681    

The above information on USMS is from the USMS handbook (http://www.usms.org/admin/lmschb/lmsc_hb_general.pdf). Any data prior to 1982 would have to come from the AAU and that data would not be accurate or available. Ted Haartz was quoted in Swim-Master (May'81 page 2) "Total registration reported by the AAU for 1980 was 7022. I suspect this number to be low because of incorrect reporting." Ted and June Krauser concur that we are not likely to find good information on the number of USMS members prior to 1982.

Thanks to Dot Evans of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida for providing population data for Florida. Data for FGC & the Florida LMSC is approximate; Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties approximate FGC and the rest of Florida approximates the Florida LMSC. No adjustment has been made for the fact that the Florida panhandle is not part of the Florida LMSC. All of Hendry, Calhoun & Jackson Counties are assigned to Florida LMSC in this analysis.

Total U.S. Population came from the Audubon Society website which included the following note. "The July 1, 2000 population estimate (282,224,348) reflects modifications made by the U.S. Census Bureau to the base number after a large "overcount" was made in the 2000 Census. It is believed this overcount occured due to a combination of overly high emigration estimates, overly low estimates for illegal immigration, and better on-the-ground enumeration by the Census Bureau." (http://www.audubonpopulation.org/newpop2/pages/facts/uspopdata.htm)

This analysis was done by Carl House for use in the Florida Gold Coast LMSC. (10/20/03)

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