February 23, 2024

Florida's Report Card

2018 Economic Yearbook

| 3/28/2018

This year, Florida Trend’s Economic Yearbook focuses on specific issues — from economic development and public safety to transportation and education — that challenge the cities and counties across the state, assessing whether progress has been made in each category. In addition to giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down, the Yearbook package also includes people to watch in each region and news from all of Florida’s 67 counties.

First up in "Florida's Report Card" is a look at some demographics from around the state.

Florida POPULATION: State total is 21,162,207
Biggest Counties   Smallest Counties
Miami-Dade 2,786,142 Liberty 8,631
Broward 1,977,435 Lafayette 8,897
Palm Beach 1,502,518 Franklin 12,195
Hillsborough 1,418,100 Glades 14,128
Orange 1,353,553 Hamilton 14,444

Florida MEDIAN AGE: State average is 42.2
Oldest Counties   Youngest Counties
Sumter 68.6 Leon 30.0
Charlotte 59.6 Alachua 31.0
Citrus 57.2 Hendry 34.2
Sarasota 56.3 Orange 35.3
Highlands 53.4 Hardee 35.3

Florida PER CAPITA INCOME: State average is $48,515
Richest Counties   Poorest Counties
Collier $85,421 Union $19,749
Monroe 81,211 Glades 22,246
Martin 77,258 Lafayette 23,795
Palm Beach 74,980 DeSoto 24,921
Indian River 73,564 Calhoun 26,010

Florida UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: State average is 3.7%
Highest Counties   Lowest Counties
Hendry 6.5% St. Johns 2.8%
Hardee 5.5 Wakulla 3.0
Citrus 5.4 Monroe 3.0
Sumter 5.0 Okaloosa 3.0
Glades 4.9 Orange and Seminole counties (tie) 3.1

Age in Florida
Age Percent
0-14 15.92%
15-19 5.48
20-39 24.59
40-64 31.93
65+ 22.09
Sources for income, population and age charts: Woods & Poole Economics Inc., Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018. Woods & Poole does not guarantee the accuracy of this data. The use of this data and the conclusions drawn from it are solely the responsibility of Florida Trend. Population data include military stationed in Florida, college residents and inmates. Jobs data are from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation and include total non-agricultural employment. The numbers are preliminary and not seasonally adjusted. Housing numbers are from Florida Realtors. Prices are median.

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