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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

The Cape Coral metropolitan area was the best in the nation for expected hiring activity in the fourth quarter, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. (September 2017)

The Cape Coral metropolitan area ranks No. 5 for young business owners by MoneyRates. (June 2017)

Allstate ranks Cape Coral fifth in the nation for safe driving in its “America’s Best Drivers Report.” (June 2017)

Two Cape Coral elementary schools are among Lee County’s highest scoring public schools on the third grade Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts test. (May 2017)

College Choice names Florida SouthWestern State College in the Top 50 community colleges in America. (May 2017)

The Cape Coral metropolitan area job market ranks No. 2 in the nation in ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey. (March 2017) 

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

Forbes ranks Cape Coral No. 1 on its “Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.” list, based on data by Moody’s Analytics. (February 2017) 

Cape Coral lands at No. 34 on the LendEDU.com list for “Best Cities to Start a Family.” (February 2017)

Trulia ranks the Cape Coral metropolitan area No. 2 in its “Top 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017” and No. 2 on “Top 10 Cities Where People Are Moving in 2017.” (January 2017)

Cape Coral is No. 15 on the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities in 2016” list for large cities. (December 2016)

Cape Coral is No. 5 on the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of “25 Fastest Growing Metro Areas.” (October 2016)

Forbes names Cape Coral the top U.S. metropolitan area for future job growth. (October 2016)

The Cape Coral metropolitan area ranks among the top 50 in the nation for its positive GDP growth rate of 5.3 percent, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. (September 2016)

The Cape Coral metropolitan area makes the Top 10 list for fastest job growth. (Bloomberg, August 2016)

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

Forbes reports that the Cape Coral metropolitan area is the best place in the nation for job growth based on labor-market data from Emsi. (July 2016)

The research site CreditDonkey ranks Cape Coral No. 3 on its “Top 10 Happiest Cities to Live in Florida.” (May 2016)

Cape Coral ranks No. 3 in the “Most Affordable Cities to Live in Florida” survey by Livability.com. (March 2016)

Cape Coral ranks No.10 on Forbes’ “Cities to Watch” list for its fast-growing population and economy in 2016. (March 2016)

Cape Coral ranks among the top 10 housing investment cities in the U.S. in a Forbes report based on data from research company Local Market Monitor. (February 2016)

The Cape Coral metropolitan area ranks No. 1 for anticipated job gains in a study by research firm HIS Global Insight. (January 2016)

Cape Coral once again ranks in the 2016 Top 10 best places to retire (WalletHub, September 2016) and in the Top 25 in Forbes’ annual retirement report.

Florida Accolades 

Florida ranks No. 4 on Kiplinger’s list of “Most Tax-Friendly States.” (November 2017)

Florida is the No. 1 destination for people outside of the state who are planning to move, according to the Lending Tree’s analysis of purchase mortgage requests from October 2016 to October 2017.

Florida has the fourth most competitive tax code in the United States, according to the nonprofit Tax Foundation (October 2017). The Sunshine State had the most competitive individual income tax structure and the second-most competitive unemployment insurance tax structure.

Florida ranks as the No. 2 state for doing business for the fifth straight year by Chief Executive Magazine. (May 2017)

Florida ranks as the No. 1 state for military retirees, according to WalletHub. (May 2017)

The U.S. Small Business Administration lists Florida as one of the top three states for veteran-owned businesses. (May 2017)

Florida’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, ranking the Sunshine State fourth nationally. For all of 2016, Florida's GDP increased 3 percent, ranking fifth, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. (May 2017)

Florida ranks in the top 10 states with the highest rate of employment in the tech sector. (April 2017)

In 2016, Florida ranked No. 5 for commercial real estate development, according to the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks for the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. (April 2017)

Florida residents have the sixth lowest state tax burden in the U.S., according to WalletHub. (April 2017)

Florida ranks No. 1 for entrepreneurship and No. 6 for overall business environment in a U.S. News & World Report report. (April 2017)

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, according to WalletHub. (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 is the top-ranked state for “Best Business Climate” in Business Facilities’ 2016 State Rankings. (August 2016)

Florida jumps to No. 10 in CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” poll. (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. (Tampa Bay Times, June 2016)

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

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

Note: Rankings updated on 11/27/17