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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

Trulia ranks Cape Coral-Fort Myers as No. 2 in the 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017 and Cape Coral No. 2 on Top 10 Cities Where People Are Moving in 2017. (January 2017)

Forbes ranks Cape Coral the No. 1 “Fastest Growing City in the U.S.” (February 2017)

Cape Coral landed at No. 75 on Millennial Personal Finance’s list of “Top 150 Cities for Millennials.” (February 2017)

Cape Coral is No. 15 on Milken Institute list for “Best Performing Cities” in 2016 for Large Cities. (December 2016)

Cape Coral landed at No. 34 on the list for "Best Cities to Start a Family" out of 300 cities examined. (February 2017)

Cape Coral – Fort Myers is No. 5 on the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of 25 “Fastest Growing Metro Areas.” 

Forbes reports that the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA is the 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 of 5.3 percent. (FL Department of Economic Opportunity, September 2016)

Cape Coral ranks No. 3 as “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 population and economy in 2016. (March 2016)

Out of all metro areas in the country, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA was 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 Fastest Job Growth. (Bloomberg, August 2016)

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)

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 top 10 best places to retire (WalletHub, September 2016) and in Forbes' annual Top 25 Best Places to Retire.

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.

Florida Accolades
According to a study by WalletHub, Florida residents pay relatively low taxes compared to the quality of government services they receive. Florida ranks No. 3 nationwide in the survey for return on taxes. (March 2017)

According to U.S. News and World Report, Florida is the No. 1 state in the nation for higher education based on tuition and graduation rates. (March 2017)

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 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 an 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)

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

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.

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)

Note: Rankings updated on 4/11/17