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Workforce Demographics 

In Cape Coral, businesses can choose from a pool of nearly 500,000 educated and talented workers from the tri-county area.  New residents are attracted by an outstanding quality of life, low cost of living, and dynamic educational and job opportunities. Our area is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s job growth leaders by Forbes Magazine.  Contact our Economic Development Office today for Cape Coral workforce information. We will assist you with your business relocation or expansion to Cape Coral, Florida.
 

Find Your Workforce in Cape Coral

Cape Coral is the most populous city between Tampa and Miami. Businesses can choose from an educated workforce of nearly 500,000 in the tri-county area of Lee, Charlotte, and Collier Counties.  By the year 2015, the population of working age, between 20 and 64 years, is expected to grow to more than 56% of the total population. 

The beautiful tropical environment and low cost of living contributes to an educated work force attraction. New residents are attracted by an outstanding quality of life and dynamic educational and job opportunities.  

(Source: ESRI Business Analyst forecasts for 2010 and 2015; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000 Census of Population and Housing)
 

2000 Total Population

102,286

2010 Total Population

163,095

2015 Projected Total Population

180,304

2010 - 2015 Annual Population Growth Rate

2.03%


Almost 60% of the Cape Coral workforce is employed in white-collar occupations. Our area is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s job growth leaders by Forbes Magazine. Businesses are finding that wage rates are comparable with Florida workforce wages around the state. The median income of Cape Coral households in 2010 was $55,989. (Source: ESRI Business Analyst)

Median Household Income

 

2000

2010

 2015

$43,523

$55,989

 $60,807

 

Learn more about Cape Coral's Industry Profiles and contact the EDO for in-depth workforce statistics.

Click here to download full Cape Coral Demographic Market Profile.
 

Younger Resident Trend

 

Workforce ageGrowth in the Southwest Florida workforce has been attributed to the rapid growth in population over the past thirty years, with Lee County as the largest county experiencing some of the highest growth. More recently, the number of younger families and individuals coming to the area looking for the Florida lifestyle has continued to increase.

fgcu business studentsMore than 63 percent of the population is between the ages of 15-64 and residents under 25 outnumber residents over 65. Cape Coral’s 18 to 24-year old population, those available to enter the workforce, is projected to grow twice as fast as the Florida workforce average and many times faster than the U.S. population in general. The rapid population growth and available underemployed labor force provide businesses with new employment candidates every day. (Lee County Chamber of Commerce) 

Learn more about Cape Coral's quality of life and contact the EDO for in-depth workforce information.

Click here to download full Cape Coral Demographic Market Profile.
 

Educational Attainment Demographics

Workforce educationSeveral private and state colleges and universities supply Cape Coral with graduates in all fields. Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is offering high-tech and bio-science degrees, and workforce training programs help employers to fine-tune employees' skills.

The 2000 Census reported that 85% of the workforce had attained a high school diploma or greater. Recent workforce statistics and studies indicate an influx of workers with greater educational attainment. Based on 2010 ESRI data, 30.2% of the total population age 25+ has achieved a college degree. 

The shift in education attainment from primarily high school to more college level has stimulated a higher demand for more local white collar/knowledge-based jobs. 

Learn more about Cape Coral's educational opportunities and contact us for in depth information regarding educational attainment demographics and worker specialization for Cape Coral.

(Source: ESRI Business Analyst forecasts for 2010 and 2015; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000 Census of Population and Housing)

Click here to download full Cape Coral Demographic Market Profile.

 

Employment Demographics by Occupation & Industry

A majority, almost 60%, of the Cape Coral workforce, is employed in largely white-collar occupations, such as management, professional sales and administrative support. By contrast, only 40% of the workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, including construction, maintenance and transportation. The service industry is Cape Coral’s top job segment.

2010 Employed Population 16+ by Occupation

 

Total

66,885

White Collar

59.8%

Professional

18.1%

Sales

15.9%

Administrative Support

13.4%

Management/Business/Financial

12.5%

Blue Collar

40.2%

Services

20.1%

Construction/Extraction

8.2%

Installation/Maintenance/Repair

4.5%

Transportation/Material Moving

4.3%

Production

2.7%

Farming/Forestry/Fishing

0.4%

 

2010 Employed Population 16+ by Industry

 

Total

66,885

Services

48.2%

Retail Trade

15.4%

Construction

12.5%

Finance/Insurance/Real Estate (FIRE)

7.7%

Public Administration

4.7%

Transportation/Utilities

3.4%

Manufacturing

3.2%

Wholesale Trade

2.4%

Information Technology (IT)

1.8%

Agriculture

0.6%


(Source: ESRI Business Analyst forecasts for 2010 and 2015; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000 Census of Population and Housing)

Click here to download full Cape Coral Demographic Market Profile.

The Cape Coral Economic Development Office has detailed workforce statistics available. Please feel free to contact us directly with your questions. We’re here to help you!