Florida - Average Distance to Nearest Airport

This page presents statistics and a map.
See information on how and why they were computed.

17.19 mi. = mean distance of a person to his or her nearest major airport
Percent of population within a given distance of a major airport:
PercentileDistance (mi.)
10th percentile4.52
25th percentile7.31
50th percentile (median)12.16
75th percentile22.82
90th percentile38.69

This map displays the major airports in and around Florida. It shows how the state can divided according to which airport is the closest as the crow flies.

The flags are a sample of 500 census tracts (of 4,182 tracts total) within the state.

On the above map, some census tract flags may look like they are colored for one airport's region but are actually in another airport's region. The census tract flags are colored with which airport they are closest to as the crow flies along the surface of the earth (the Haversine distance formula). The region boundaries that are displayed on map were computed assuming assuming the earth is flat. (The lines that divide regions are a Voronoi diagram, and I couldn't find any algorithm that calculate the lines on a sphere such as the earth.) In short, although a few census tracts may look like they're mislabeled near a boundary, it's actually the boundary that is slightly wrong.

18,801,310 = total population of Florida
Table of most useful airports: (i.e., the airports that are the closest major airport for the most people)
Airport Code Number of People for whom this is their closest airport
Miami International AirportMIA2,357,355
Tampa International AirportTPA2,205,029
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International AirportFLL2,048,120
Orlando International AirportMCO1,766,348
Palm Beach International AirportPBI1,571,395
Jacksonville International AirportJAX1,263,643
Southwest Florida International AirportRSW1,120,408
Orlando Sanford International AirportSFB1,070,084
Gainesville Regional AirportGNV971,292
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International AirportPIE917,098
Sarasota-Bradenton International AirportSRQ830,347
Melbourne International AirportMLB721,807
Tallahassee Regional AirportTLH512,133
Daytona Beach International AirportDAB489,409
Northwest Florida Regional Airport / Eglin Air Force BaseVPS466,014
Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional AirportPNS437,738
Key West International AirportEYW53,090


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