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Cape Coral: Talented Workforce is Ready
Cape Coral businesses can choose from a pool of nearly 500,000 educated and talented workers from the tri-county area, with more than half of Cape Coral’s population at age 43 or younger. Our area is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s fgcu business studentsjob growth leaders by Forbes magazine, so the available talent pool is a critical asset.

Newly arriving residents are attracted by an outstanding quality of life and dynamic educational and job opportunities. Lee County’s population grew by more than 60% between 2000 and 2016. The growth of the county’s 18-24 year old population—those beginning or available to enter the workforce—is outpacing the national average, according to the public-private Horizon Council. Keeping with these trends, it is estimated that by 2021, the population of Cape Coral will grow by approximately 1.96% to 185,609 residents and more than 70,000 households. According to a Forbes survey, the percentage of residents who moved into the 100 most populous metropolitan areas were attracted by the presence of quality higher education, and Cape Coral ranked No. 7 in the U.S.

Due to population and job growth, Cape Coral’s average household income is $50,536. Cape Coral has a nationally recognized suite of Florida workforce development programs and its mixed population of young and mature (45-60 year olds) residents provides a pool of both experienced and educated workers for the economy.

Almost 60% of the Cape Coral workforce is employed in largely white-collar occupations, such as management, professional sales and administrative support. The retail and service industries are Cape Coral’s top job segment.

Find out about local Workforce Development programs.