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TOP REASON 10: Cape Coral Receives Frequent Recognition in Top Rankings

See What Industry Insiders are Saying About Cape Coral...

We have a lot of positive news to share, and we have come by our bragging rights honestly—valued by industry insiders CapeCoralEDOHelpingBusinessSucceedand analysts. Here are some recent accolades that the Cape Coral metropolitan area, Lee County and the State of Florida are proud to share with interested business investors:

Cape Coral Accolades

Forbes reports that the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA is the very best place in the nation for job growth using labor-market data from Emsi. (JULY 2016)

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA ranks among the top 50 in the nation for its positive GDP growth rate at 5.3 percent. (FL Department of Economic Opportunity, September 2016)

Cape Coral ranks No. 3 on a list of  “The Most Affordable Cities to Live in Florida” by (March, 2016).

Cape Coral ranks No.10 on Forbes' list of Cities to Watch” for having the fastest-growing populations and economies in 2016. (March 2016).

Out of all metro areas in the country, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA is No. 1 for anticipated job gains in 2016 in a study by HIS Global Insight, a Colorado-based research firm. (January 2016)

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA made the Top 10 list for having the fastest job growth. (Bloomberg, August 2016)

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA had the strongest hiring prospects for the first quarter of 2016. (Manpower, December 2015)

Cape Coral ranks No. 4 in the U.S. for the most anticipated economic growth, at 4.5%. (Bloomberg, June, 2015, using data from U.S. Conference of Mayors)

Cape Coral is among the top 10 housing investment cities in the U.S. in a 2016 Forbes report using data from the North Carolina-based company, Local Market Monitor.  (February 2016)

The research site CreditDonkey ranks Cape Coral No. 3 on its top ten list of happiest cities to live in Florida.  (May 2016)

A 2015 Community Well-Being Rankings and Access to Care report ranks Cape Coral/Fort Myers at 19 out of 190 communities in the country for well-being.  

Fitch rates Cape Coral’s special obligation bonds an A+ (March, 2015)

Cape Coral-Fort Myers ranks as the No. 6 fastest-growing metro area in the U.S. (Moneywatch, March 2015).

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area ranks No. 1 for having the highest net local job growth, according to Wallethub.  (May 2015)

The research company Niche ranks Cape Coral No. 17 in its 2016 list of safest cities in the U.S. (July 2016)

Cape Coral once again ranks in the 2016 top ten best places to retire.  (WalletHub, September 2016) and Forbes annual report on Best Places to retire places Cape Coral on its Top 25 list.

Florida Accolades

Florida has the fourth-most competitive tax structure in the nation, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation. (September 2016)

Florida is the top-ranked state for Best Business Climate in Business Facilities 2016 State Rankings. (August 2016)

Florida is among the top five states that had an increase in new businesses last year, according to the latest study by the Kauffman Foundation. (August 2016)

Florida ranks No. 3 in the nation for the fastest anticipated employment gains in 2016. (Kiplinger, October 2015)

Florida is once again No.2 in the U.S. to do business, according to CEOs surveyed for a report by Chief Executive magazine.  (May 2016)

Florida jumped to No. 10 in CNBC's annual poll, America’s Top States for Business, up six slots from 2015. (July 2016)

Florida's economy will continue to outpace the rest of the country for the next four years, pushing the state toward a $1 trillion economy by 2018, according to a June 2016 economic forecast from the University of Central Florida. (, June 2016)

Florida ranks No. 3 for people who want to work from home. (FlexJobs, April 2015)

Business Insider ranks Florida No. 7 in the country for making an economic comeback with GDP growing and unemployment falling. (March 2015)

Florida tops U.S. in income growth. (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, March 2015)

Florida is No. 6 on Fortune's 10 Most Successful States for Video Game Development list. (March 2015)

Florida tourism numbers broke records for fourth consecutive year, with an increase of 3.9 percent. (Visit Florida, February 2015)

The Sunshine state ranks No. 10 among the best states to be a taxpayer. (WalletHub, March, 2016).

Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation for growth of women-owned businesses, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. 

Note:  This rankings update was prepared on 10/01/16.