Florida earns top rankings nationally, worldwide

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Here are some of the state’s recent rankings:

Florida consistently earns top rankings from lifestyle, business, education, retirement and travel publications. Here are some of the state’s recent rankings:

• “Top Places to Live.” Relocate-America cited seven Florida cities on its 2008 list of “Top 100 Places to Live:” Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Naples, Ocala, Sarasota and Winter Park. Read more.

• “America’s Favorite Cities.” Travel & Leisure magazine ranked Miami and Orlando among “America’s Favorite Cities” in 2008. Readers said Miami had America’s most attractive people, and mentioned the city’s “stylishness” and “good weather.” Orlando was named the top spot for a family vacation. Read more.

• “Fast Cities.” Orlando was named to Fast Company magazine’s list of 12 “Fast Cities,” a dozen “nodes of creativity and innovation” around the globe. Read more.

• “America’s Best Small Cities.” Three South Florida communities ranked high on Money magazine’s 2008 list of American’s Best Small Cities: Weston (#73), Coral Springs (#78) and Miramar (#98). Read more.

• “Best Places to Retire.” In its 2008 list, Money cited Dunedin as one of the nation’s top locations for a waterfront lifestyle and Collier County (Naples-Bonita Springs) as one of the best places for a long life. U.S. News & World Report highlighted Punta Gorda as one of the nation’s top retirement destinations. Also, the 2008 list from features Sarasota (#2), Fort Myers (#13), Venice (#14) and Gainesville (#17). Read more.

• “Best Performing Cities.” The Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners ranked five Florida communities on its “Best Performing Cities Index 2008,” which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The top 50 featured Orlando-Kissimmee (#11), Ocala (#30), Pensacola (#33), Gainesville (#34) and Jacksonville (#37). Two other cities made the institute’s list of smaller metro areas: Panama City (#30) and Fort Walton Beach (#32). Read more.

• “Top State Business Climate.” Florida’s business climate ranked 4th among executives and 6th overall on Site Selection magazine’s 2008 Top State Business Climate rankings. Read more.

• “Up-And-Coming Tech Cities.” Palm Beach County was named a hotbed of technology, ranking 3rd on Forbes Magazine’s “Top10 Up-And-Coming Tech Cities.” It said the region is becoming a “haven for cutting edge biotech and life-science research.” Read more.

• “Top Biotech Region.” Florida was named a “Top 5 Region for Biotech” in 2008 by the industry’s daily monitor, Fierce Biotech. This is Florida’s second consecutive year at the top of this ranking for regions supportive of biotech development. Read more.

• “Best Tax Climate for Business.” Florida continues to rank among the top five states for best tax climate for business, according to a Tax Foundation survey. With no state income tax, low corporate taxes, a low unemployment insurance tax rate, and sales tax exemptions for certain business transactions, Florida has remained among the top five U.S. states since the survey’s inception. Read more.

• “#1 in Online Education.” Florida ranks top in the nation in online education, according to the Center for Digital Education, which evaluated each state’s vision, policies, programs and strategies to transform their academic environments to meet student needs. Read more.

• “Best Colleges and Universities.” Florida colleges and universities were ranked among the best by several national surveys. For instance, six Florida universities, including University of Florida at No. 2 and New College of Florida at No. 8, were named to “Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges.” These rankings recognize schools with top-flight academics and affordable costs. The University of South Florida’s graduate entrepreneurship program was ranked No. 5 in the country in the 2008 ranking from The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. Read more.

• “Top Ranked High Schools.” Florida leads the nation in Newsweek’s “Top 100 U.S. High Schools,” accounting for nearly 1 out of every 5 of the top ranked schools as measured by the magazine’s Challenge Index. Read more.

• “Best Beaches.” Florida beaches were awarded more top-10 spots than any other state, including the No. 1 beach in the U.S. (Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin) on this year’s America’s Best Beaches list. This internationally recognized ranking is based on 50 criteria including number of sunny days, sand softness, algae and pollution content, safety record, and more. Read more.
• National Geographic “Adventure Site.” National Geographic magazine recently highlighted Central Florida’s Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve as one of its “adventure sites.” Located at the junction of the Withlacoochee, Hillsborough and Peace rivers, the wilderness preserve also includes a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Read more.


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