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The Best Cities in Florida for Job Seekers

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Florida is a good place for job seekers, but what cities offer the best employment opportunities? NerdWallet crunched the data and asked the following questions:

How much do residents earn? We examined median household income.
Is the city growing? We assessed the growth in the population of residents 16 and older to see if the city is attracting workers.
Are most people employed? We looked at the employment rate to determine the percentage of the city in the workforce. We took into account retirement and unemployment to determine the best cities for job seekers.

Best cities in Florida for job seekers

1. Wesley Chapel

Growth in Wesley Chapel, just north of Tampa, has been quite strong. The population jumped 371% from 2008 to 2011, and employment rates are high — 73.9% of the working-age population has a job. In this area, 25.4% of residents work in education, health care or social assistance, while 13.7% have jobs in finance and insurance, real estate, renting and leasing.

2. Valrico

Valrico is another city that has seen massive growth over the past few years. Located east of Tampa, Valrico’s population grew 268.3% from 2008 to 2011. Valrico has a median household income of $76,016, and an employment rate of 65.1%. Here, 20.8% of residents have jobs in education, health care and social assistance, and 13.6% work in professional, scientific, management and administrative services.

3. Riverview

Riverview, which is south of Tampa, has seen a boom in its population, which jumped 260.9% from 2008 to 2011. Employment rates are high, with 70.7% of residents working and earning a median household income of $67,298. Many workers here, 21.5%, find jobs in education services, health care and social assistance, and 12.1% work in finance, insurance, real estate, renting and leasing.

4. Fruit Cove

Fruit Cove, a suburb of Jacksonville, has seen moderate population growth of 5.6%, but it boasts a high employment rate of 70.3%, and a median household income of $96,449, the highest on our list. Our analysis found that 17.8% of residents work in education services, health care and social assistance, while 16.8% have jobs in finance and insurance, real estate, renting and leasing.

 5. Cooper City

In Cooper City, a north Miami suburb, the population is stable, with 0.68% growth from 2008 to 2011. While it may not have grown as quickly as some of the other cities on our list, Cooper City does boast an employment rate of 71.9%, and a median household income of $91,650. Just over a quarter of residents here work in education services, health care and social assistance, and 12.9% work in finance and insurance, real estate, renting and leasing.

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6. Weston

The west Broward County community of Weston saw moderate growth of 3.7% from 2008 to 2011, and it has a healthy employment rate of 69%. Weston residents earn a median household income of $94,084, the second highest on our list. Weston is a master-planned community with a thriving commercial and retail sector, where 19.9% of the population work in education services, health care and social assistance, and 16.4% have jobs in professional, scientific, management and administrative services.

7. Oviedo

The population in Oviedo, which is about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando, grew 9% from 2008 to 2011. The employment rate here is 70.9%, with a median household income of $83,742. Major employers include Publix Super Markets, A. Duda and Sons Inc., Seminole State College and the city.

8. Doral

Doral is northwest of Miami, near the Miami International Airport. Doral is growing, with a 58.% population jump from 2008 to 2011. With an employment rate of 69.7%, and a median household income of $71,656, Doral is a good place for job seekers. About 14.8% of the city’s residents work in wholesale trade, and 12.5% have jobs in education services, health care and social assistance.

9. Wellington

This Palm Beach County community has seen its population hold steady with 4.4% growth from 2008 to 2011. Its employment rate of 69%, and median household income of $78,268 ensure that Wellington is a good place for job seekers. About 22.7% of residents work in education services, health care and social assistance, and 13.9% have jobs in professional, scientific, management and administrative services. Wellington is known for its equestrian community as well as arts and culture.

10. Coral Springs

Coral Springs is about 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. This city has seen a 2.9% decline in its population from 2008 to 2011, but it has a strong employment rate of 73.7%, and a median household income of $70,610. About 20.8% of residents have jobs in education services, health care and social assistance, and 14.2% work in professional, scientific, management and administrative services.

Best cities in Florida for job seekers

 

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RankCityNearest big cityMedian household income in 2011Population growth 2008-2011Employment rate in 2011Score
1Wesley ChapelTampa$71,408371.5%73.9%87.4
2ValricoTampa$76,016268.3%65.1%75.7
3RiverviewTampa$67,298260.9%70.7%74.3
4Fruit CoveJacksonville$96,4495.6%70.3%65.0
5Cooper CityFort Lauderdale$91,6500.7%71.9%63.4
6WestonFort Lauderdale$94,0843.7%69.0%63.1
7OviedoOrlando$83,7429.0%70.9%60.0
8DoralMiami$71,65658.1%69.7%58.2
9WellingtonWest Palm Beach$78,2684.4%69.0%56.1
10Coral SpringsFort Lauderdale$70,610-2.9%73.7%54.7

Methodology

This analysis included 131 Florida locations with populations over 20,000. The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

  1. Median household income from the 2011 American Community Survey, a division of the U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Population change from 2008 to 2011 from the 2011 American Community Survey.
  3. Employment rate from the 2011 American Community Survey.

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