NAVIGATION

Why is Florida the right choice for business?

Florida has always appealed to dreamers and doers. Even when this place was still mostly swampland, Spanish explorers saw its possibility; they built the first permanent European settlement here. Centuries later, rocket scientists would also see possibility in Florida and put men on the moon from its shores. Not surprisingly, that same sense of possibility drives Florida’s economy even today.

The companies that choose to relocate or expand in Florida each year see limitless possibility here.

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TARGETED INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boudless Sucdess

In Florida, opportunities for success are truly boundless. With a highly-skilled and diverse workforce of nearly 10 million, an expansive and state-of-the-art infrastructure and unmatched global access, this state offers businesses across all industries the resources needed to prosper and grow. These advantages have helped Florida retain its position as the second best state for business, as determined by the votes of C-Suite leaders, in Chief Executive magazine’s “2016 Best and Worst States for Business.” Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created more than 1.1 million private-sector jobs.

Aiming to Succeed


FLORIDA'S REGIONS

Boundless Success

Florida is an eclectic mix of eight economic development regions, at least one of which is right for your business. From Jacksonville down to Naples and from Miami and the Florida Keys up to Pensacola, this state offers a unique blend of cutting-edge innovation and kickback style. No matter where you choose to settle, rest assured that you will be no more than 50 miles from a postsecondary educational institution or 90 miles from a deep water port.

The Regions

FLORIDA AT A GLANCE

Population 20.3 million
3rd largest in the U.S.

Civilian Labor Force 9.7 million
3rd largest in the U.S.

Gross Domestic Product $839.9 billion
4th largest in the U.S.

Total Personal Income $894.2 billion
4th highest in the U.S.

Per Capita Personal Income $44,101
2nd in the Southeast

Households 7,994,749

Household EBI $41,824

Total Retail Sales $295 billion

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FLORIDA AT A GLANCE

Population 20.3 million
3rd largest in the U.S.

Civilian Labor Force 9.7 million
3rd largest in the U.S.

Gross Domestic Product $839.9 billion
4th largest in the U.S.

Total Personal Income $894.2 billion
4th highest in the U.S.

Per Capita Personal Income $44,101
2nd in the Southeast

Households 7,994,749

Household EBI $41,824

Total Retail Sales $295 billion

Northwest
North Central
Northeast
Tampa Bay
East Central
Southwest
South Central
Southeast
Northwest

Airports
• Bob Sikes
• Destin-Fort Walton Beach
• Northwest Florida Beaches International
• Pensacola International
• Tallahassee Regional

Seaports
• Port of Panama City
• Port of Pensacola
• Port of Port St. Joe

Northwest
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Key Demographics

Population 1,442,809
Labor Force 658,989
Households 566,953
Household EBI $41,753
Total Retail Sales $21.53 bil.

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

North Central

North Central
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Key Demographics

Population 894,581
Labor Force 377,713
Households 355,996
Household EBI $35,594
Total Retail Sales $11.27 bil.

Airports
• Gainesville Regional
• Ocala International

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northeast

Northeast
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Key Demographics

Population 1,626,896
Labor Force 797,016
Households 638,898
Household EBI $44,815
Total Retail Sales $21.25 bil.

Airports
• Flagler County
• Jacksonville International

Seaports
• Port of Fernandina
• Port of Jacksonville

Spaceports
• Cecil Spaceport

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
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Key Demographics

Population 4,535,293
Labor Force 2,118,078
Households 1,868,603
Household EBI $41,656
Total Retail Sales $64.97 bil.

Airports
• St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
• Sarasota Bradenton International
• Tampa International

Seaports
• Port Citrus
• Port Manatee
• Port of St. Petersburg
• Port Tampa Bay

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

East Central

East Central
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Key Demographics

Population 3,592,004
Labor Force 1,749,101
Households 1,405,399
Household EBI $41,316
Total Retail Sales $50.53 bil.

Airports
• Daytona Beach International
• Melbourne International
• Orlando International
• Orlando Sanford International

Seaports
• Port Canaveral

Spaceports
• Cape Canaveral Spaceport

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Southwest
Southwest

Southwest
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Key Demographics

Population 1,232,402
Labor Force 549,650
Households 519,335
Household EBI $43,523
Total Retail Sales $16.43 bil.

Airports
• Naples Municipal
• Punta Gorda
• Southwest Florida International

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Southwest
South Central

South Central
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Key Demographics

Population 254,709
Labor Force 95,754
Households 93,897
Household EBI $32,137
Total Retail Sales $2.70 bil.

Airports
• Sebring Regional

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northwest

Southeast
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Key Demographics

Population 6,692,578
Labor Force 3,326,031
Households 2,545,668
Household EBI $42,464
Total Retail Sales $106.04 bil.

Airports
• Florida Keys Marathon
• Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
• Key West International
• Miami International
• Palm Beach International

Seaports
• Port Everglades
• Port of Fort Pierce
• Port of Key West
• PortMiami
• Port of Palm Beach

Sources: US Census Bureau, 2015; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 2015; Nielsen, 2016.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

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