July 25, 2014

Florida's Regions

Now that you’ve seen how companies of varying sizes and many high-growth industry sectors have found in Florida the business climate, workforce, infrastructure, global connections, markets and opportunities they need to compete and thrive, it’s your turn to pick the best location for your business to grow. From Pensacola down to Miami and from Naples up to Jacksonville, you have eight regions and 67 counties to consider, not one of which is further than 50 miles from salt water. Surely, in this distinctively shaped and culturally eclectic state with its exhilarating blend of cutting-edge innovation and easy, carefree style, there’s at least one perfect place for you. Now turn the page and be prepared to say “Yes!” to your new home.

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FLORIDA AT A GLANCE

Population 19,317,568
Labor Force 9,368,508
Households 7,531,011
Household EBI $38,886
Total Retail Sales $241.88 bil.
Northwest

Airports
• Bob Sikes
• Northwest Florida Beaches International
• Northwest Florida Regional
• Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional
• Tallahassee Regional

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

Northwest
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Key Demographics

Population 1,400,233
Labor Force 686,210
Households 538,296
Household EBI $37,163
Total Retail Sales $17.15 bil.

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northwest

North Central
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Key Demographics

Population 878,554
Labor Force 388,965
Households 349,080
Household EBI $31,722
Total Retail Sales $10.45 bil.

Airports
• Gainesville Regional
• Ocala International

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northwest

Southeast
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Key Demographics

Population 1,549,472
Labor Force 762,687
Households 602,814
Household EBI $41,723
Total Retail Sales $20.03 bil.

Airports
• Flagler County
• Jacksonville International
• Northeast Florida Regional at St. Augustine

Seaports
• Port of Fernandina
• Port of Jacksonville

Spaceports
• Cecil Field

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
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Key Demographics

Population 4,318,438
Labor Force 1,958,982
Households 1,779,655
Household EBI $37,691
Total Retail Sales $55.67 bil.

Airports
• Lakeland Linder Regional
• St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
• Sarasota Bradenton International
• Tampa International

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

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northwest

East Central
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Key Demographics

Population 3,369,551
Labor Force 1,704,848
Households 1,303,698
Household EBI $39,796
Total Retail Sales $42.71 bil.

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

Seaports
• Port Canaveral

Spaceports
• Kennedy Space Center

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Southwest
Southwest

Southwest
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Key Demographics

Population 1,140,169
Labor Force 507,778
Households 478,349
Household EBI $41,910
Total Retail Sales $15.81 bil.

Airports
• Punta Gorda
• Naples Municipal
• Southwest Florida International

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Southwest
South Central

South Central
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Key Demographics

Population 250,375
Labor Force 107,115
Households 93,776
Household EBI $29,810
Total Retail Sales $2.69 bil.

Airports
• Airglades
• Sebring Regional

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

Northwest

Southeast
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Key Demographics

Population 6,410,776
Labor Force 3,251,923
Households 2,385,343
Household EBI $39,893
Total Retail Sales $77.36 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
• Port of Miami
• Port Palm Beach

Sources: US Census Bureau; Labor Market Statistics Center, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Nielsen, 2012.
Household EBI = median effective buying/disposable income

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