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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:


Local Level

Cape Coral was ranked as No. 17 on SafeWise’s “20 Safest Cities in Florida” list for 2018. The rankings are based on population and 2016 FBI crime statistic reports. SafeWise is an independent security review site. Cape Coral is the only city with a population of more than 100,000 to make the list. (June 2018)

U.S. News & World Report ranks Lee County second nationwide on its list of “The Best 25 Places People Are Moving to in 2018.” The county’s population spiked more than 14 percent from 2012 to 2016. (May 2018)

Cape Coral ranks high on TripAdvisor’s rankings of the “20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida,” along with Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Naples and Marco Island. The Southwest Florida cities beat out larger metropolitan areas. (April 2018)

Cape Coral came in as the top Florida city on WalletHub’s “2018’s Happiest Cities in America” report. With a ranking of No. 37 out of 180 nationwide, Cape Coral topped 10 other Florida similar-sized cities. (March 2018)

Cape Coral ranks 22 out of 186 in the 2017 Community Well-Being Rankings based on surveys conducted by Gallup-Sharecare. The “Well-Being Index” is based on Sharecare’s nationwide Blue Zones Project initiative. (March 2018)

The Cape Coral metro area ranks as the ninth fastest-growing metro area in Forbes’ 2018 America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. The rankings are based on Moody’s Analytics data on population, employment, wages, economic output, and home values. The MSA, however, came in first for projected population and gross market product growth in 2018. (February 2018)

The Cape Coral metro area ranks 30 out of 200 on the national 2017 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index. The rankings are based on how well U.S. metropolitan areas are doing at creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth based on jobs, wages and salaries, and technological expansion. (January 2018)

Hiring in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area is expected to be the “best in the nation” in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey. This comes on the heels of the Cape metro area’s ranking as the best in the nation for expected hiring activity in the fourth quarter of 2017. (December 2017)

Cape Coral ranks No. 5 in the nation in the “home and community security” category of a recent WalletHub survey of more than 180 cities reviewing data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality. (December 2017) 

Truliaranks 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)

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

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

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

State Level

The Tax Foundation's 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index ranks Florida as No. 4 in the nation. (September 2018)

Business Facilities magazine’s 14th Annual Rankings Report ranks Florida fourth for business tax climate, fifth for cybersecurity jobs and solar power employment, and sixth for workforce training nationwide. (August 2018)

Florida leads the way among the best places for women to start a business, according to the website (August 2018)

Florida is No. 1 in the nation for the growth of women-owned businesses, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express. (August 2018)

The “big three” rating agencies—Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Group—have given Florida’s General Obligation bond a AAA rating. (June 2018)

Florida ranks  No. 1 as “Best State for Military Retirees” based on 27 key indicators, including tax-friendliness, job opportunities, veterans per capita and VA facilities, according to WalletHub. (May 2018)

A state-by-state breakdown of the nation’s high schools by U.S. News & World Report finds Florida ranks No. 4 in the nation. (May 2018)

For the sixth consecutive year, Texas and Florida are the top two “Best States for Business” in Chief Executive magazine’s 14th annual ranking. Low taxes, light regulatory burdens, high-quality workforces and healthy lifestyles continue to attract business investment and jobs to Florida. (May 2018)

Amazon has named the Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial States with the most small and medium-sized businesses per capita selling on Amazon. Florida came in No. 7 on the list. (May 2018)

Florida was among the top 10 states for solar installations in 2017, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (March 2018)

Florida’s economic growth is running ahead of the United States as a whole, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Florida’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 — ranking the Sunshine State fourth in growth among the states and District of Columbia. For 2016, Florida’s GDP increased 3 percent. U.S. growth has averaged 2.1 percent a year. (June 2017)

U.S. World Report ranks Florida as tops in the nation for entrepreneurship by evaluating the rate at which businesses were formed between 2013 and 2015. With an average of 3.75 percent, Florida had the best business birth rate. (April 2017)

Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for retired military veterans, according to WalletHub. (May 2017) 

Sixty-one percent of Florida small business owners are optimistic that there will be an increase in their sales within the next six months, according to the PNC Economic Outlook Survey. (April 2017)

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)

Note: Rankings updated in December 2018