WHY FLORIDA

Florida at a Glance
 
 
  • Population 20.6M (3rd largest in US)

  • Civilian Labor Force 9.8M (3rd largest in US)

  • GDP $926.9B (4th largest in US)

  • ZERO state personal income tax

  • #1 Tax Climate in SE, #4 Nationwide

  • #1 Best Business Climate in US (Business Facilities)

  • #2 Best State for Business (Chief Executive)

  • #2 Best Infrastructure in the US (US Chamber Foundation)

  • #1 Region in Startup Activity (beating Austin) in US (Kauffman Foundation)

Attractive Growing Market + Global Access

 

In Florida:

  • Total Personal Income $944.4B (4th highest in US)

  • Nearly 113M Visitors Annually

  • 2nd Best Economy in US

  • Fastest growing job market

  • 18th Largest Economy in the World (World Bank)

  • Two licensed spaceports

 

International:

  • 2nd Largest Exporter in the US (WISERtrade)

  • 2nd Largest FTZ Network in US

  • 3rd Largest Cluster of Logistics/Distribution Companies

  • Busiest Global Freight Hub in the US – Top 10 Worldwide

 

 

Workforce 

  • 3rd Most Diverse Workforce

  • 1st in US in Annual STEM Graduates (28,000+)  

  • 3rd Largest Workforce in the US (9.8M)

  • #1 in US in Job Growth: 1.4M+ Private Sector Jobs Created Since 2010

  • Nationally Ranked K-12 Schools and Systems

  • 3rd Best State for Future Job Growth (Forbes)

 

 

 

Education 

Four Universities in Top 50 Worldwide for US Utility Patents Awarded

 

  • 12 Public Universities

  • 28 State Colleges

  • 9 Medical Schools

  • Scores of Private Colleges

 

Incubation and Growth Opportunities

Scores of Incubators and Accelerators

  • #1 Biotech Incubator in the World - UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute (Gainesville)​

  • NBIA Incubator of the Year Grand Prize awarded to UCF and UF ​

  • Top 10 Cities for Veteran Startups - City of Fort Walton Beach (USAA)

  • Tampa Bay named “Second Best City for Young Entrepreneurs” (Nerdwallet)

Population Growth

  • Two of the top 5 fastest growing cities in America are located in Central Florida: No. 2, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, and No. 4, Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach. (Forbes)

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