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Top Rankings for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County & the State of Florida

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Rankings 

The City of Fort Lauderdale has been named an All America City for 2014.  (National Civic League, June 2014) 

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach has been named No. 10 among the "Best U.S. Cities for Small Businesses," according to an analysis by small-business finance site Biz2Credit.com.  (Biz2Credit, May 2014)

The Greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas saw the second largest over-the-year percentage increase in the nation in metropolitan employment from 2013 to 2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2014) 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale MSA has been named one of the best cities for jobs in 2014 among large cities. (NewGeography, April 2014) 

Ten Broward County cities have been named Playful City USA honorees for their commitment to developing and maintaining parks.   The Broward cities, all of whom are repeat winners, are: Coconut Creek; Fort Lauderdale; Hallandale Beach; Lauder-hill; Margate; Oakland Park; Parkland; Sunrise; Tamarac and West Park. (KaBOOM!  May 2014)

The City of Fort Lauderdale has been named one of the Top Ten most exciting midsized cities in America.  (Real estate blog Movoto, April 2014)

The City of Fort Lauderdale has been named as having one of the Top 10 downtowns in the U.S. by Livability.com.  (Livability.com, March 2014)

The City of Fort Lauderdale has been named one of the Top 25 Best Places to Live by Livability.com in their Top 100 Places to Live rankings. (Livability.com, October 2013)

Broward County (Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach MSA) has been ranked one of the hottest start-up hubs in America (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, September 2013

Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine (fDi Magazine, May 2013) 

The City of Hollywood has been ranked among the best places to live in Florida according to Livability.com, a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America's Best Places to live, visit, work, play and explore.  (Livability.com, May 2013) 

Port Everglades ranked top exporting Foreign-Trade Zone in the country for warehousing and distribution activity (Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s 73rd Annual Report to the U.S. Congress, January 2013) 

North Lauderdale Among Best Communities - North Lauderdale has been named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance, the nation's largest alliance dedicated to children and youth. (January 2013)

Broward College named one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges (September, 2012).

Forbes has named Fort Lauderdale the 2nd Happiest City for Young Professionals in the U.S.   (September, 2011)

NEWSWEEK Names Four BCPS High Schools Among America’s Best (NEWSWEEK, July 2011)

Number 5 in the Nation for Entrepreneurial Activity - The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach metro is ranked number five in the nation on the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, an annual study that measures business startup activity across the United States. (Kauffman Foundation, March 2011)

Miami-Fort Lauderdale among America's Top 25 High-Tech Cities (Business Week, December 2010)
 
Coconut Creek and Coral Springs have been named among the top 100 cities to live in America (Money magazine, July 2010) 

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area ranks as the third least-costly place to do business among 22 U.S. cities or metropolitan areas with populations exceeding 2 million, according to a study by KPMG LLP (KPMG, April 2010).

With 65% broadband adoption, 18 broadband providers and 13,403 people per WiFi hotpot, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Miami MSA ranks among the most wired broadband areas in the nation.  (Forbes, March 2010) 

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area ranks as the seventh-best place to launch a new business in 2010, according to a new Portfolio.com/bizjournals study.  (Bizjournals, January 2010)

In the annual survey of results by Community College Week, Broward College was ranked No. 3 nationally among top associate's-degree producing institutions in 2007-2008. Broward College granted 4,715 associate's degrees in all disciplines during that period. (Community College Week, June 2009)

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Among Top 100 Tech Centers (Bizjournals, May 2009)

Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs Make North American Cities of the Future/Top Cities in North America List - Fort Lauderdale has been named the number 2 best small city for business friendliness and Coral Springs is among the small cities with the highest growth of companies within the knowledge-based sector. (fDi Magazine, April/May 2009) 

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Among the Nation's Best Places to Start a Small Business (Bizjournals, February 2009)

Five Broward County High Schools Among Best in Nation - U.S. News & World Report has released its second annual list of American's Best High Schools, and five Broward County schools are on the list: Atlantic Technical Center, Nova High, Pompano Beach High, Stranahan High and William T. McFatter Technical Center.  (U. S. News and World Report, December 2008)

Pembroke Pines Among Nation's Best - Pembroke Pines has been named one of the nation's "Best Places in America to Raise Kids" by Business Week magazine. (Business Week, November 2008)

Broward Cities Among Nation's Best - Coral Springs, Miramar and Weston have been named among the 100 best small cities in America by Money magazine. (CNN Money, July 2008)

Broward High Schools Among the Best - Eight Broward County Public Schools high schools and one charter high school have been recognized among Newsweek magazine's top high schools in the nation. (Newsweek, May 2008)

Number 5 in the Nation for Entrepreneurial Activity - The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach metro is ranked number five in the nation on the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, an annual study that measures business startup activity across the United States. (Kauffman Foundation, May 2008)

Top Places to Live and Launch a Business - According to the 2008 CNN Money and Fortune Small Business (FSB) Report, the City of Fort Lauderdale is one of the top 100 cities in the U.S. to live and launch a business. (CNN Money, April 2008)

City of Coral Springs Baldrige Award - The City of Coral Springs received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, becoming the first state or local government in the country to be awarded this presidential honor. (April 2008)

South Florida a Megaregion of the Future - South Florida has been designated a megaregion of the future and a driver of U.S. economic growth in Richard Florida's new book, Who's Your City?  Noted strengths include considerable capability in arts and entertainment technology, an up-and-coming biotech and marine biology research center, and its status as a gateway for Latin American banking and investments. (BNET Today, March 2008)

Plantation Among Best Communities - Plantation has been named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance, the nation's largest alliance dedicated to children and youth. (January 2008)

America's Best High Schools - U.S. News & World Report released its first-ever list of America's best high schools and six Broward County schools are on the list. (U.S. News & World Report, November 2007)

Cooper City Rated Among 10 Best for Families - Family Circle magazine has named Cooper City as one of the ten best U.S. cities for families. The winners were selected from the highest-rated towns in the top 10 states nationwide. Cooper City was the only Florida city in the top ten. (Family Circle, July 2007)

Number 3 Best Market for Small Businesses - According to a bizjournals study, Broward County (Miami-Fort Lauderdale MSA) is ranked number three in the nation as a best market for small businesses. (bizjournals, July 2007)

Number 1 in the Nation for Entrepreneurial Activity - The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach metro ranks number one in the nation on the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, an annual study that measures business startup activity across the United States. (May 2007)

Hollywood Named All-America City - Hollywood was one of only ten communities nationally to be recognized in 2007 for exemplary vision, collaborative problem-solving and inclusiveness in meeting local challenges. The announcement was made by the National Civic League which presents the All-America City Awards annually. The All-America City Award is America's oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. (National Civic League, May 2007)

Hottest 50 Locations for Business Expansion and Relocation - The Miami-Fort Lauderdale MSA was named among "America's 50 Hottest Cities" for relocations and expansions by Expansion Management Magazine. (Expansion Management, February 2007)

9th Nationally for Black-Owned Businesses - Broward County ranks ninth nationally among the top counties in the U.S. for black-owned businesses with 22,065, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (January 2007)

Number 2 Among Best Cities for Doing Business - Inc. magazine ranked the Greater Fort Lauderdale MSA as the number two best area among large population centers (over 450,000 non-farm employment) for doing business. (Inc. Magazine, May 2006)

A Top Logistics Center - The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, Fla. metro area was ranked as a 5-Star Logistics Metro by Expansion Management. (Expansion Management, September 2006)


Florida Rankings

Florida ranks number one in quality of living environment (Chief Executive, May 2014)

Florida ranks as number 2 best state in which to do business (Chief Executive, May 2014)

Florida recognized as #1 state for renewed consideration post-recession (Area Development, September 2013)

Florida ranks as number 2 best state in which to do business (Chief Executive, May 2013)

Florida has been named the No. 1 state in America for innovation by Fast Company magazine
 (Fast Company, May 2013)

Florida ranks sixth in the nation for the quality of its education system (up from eleventh last year). and fourth in the nation in the Transitions and Alignment category (Education Week’s 2013 Quality Counts: Code of Conduct report, January 2013)

Florida's Tax Climate among top 5 for business (Tax Foundation, October 2012)

Florida Ranks 4th in Best Business Climate Rankings, 5th in Best Business Tax Climate, 2nd in Best Transportation Infrastructure, 4th in Aerospace/Defense Industry Leadership and 3rd in Workforce Training according to Business Facilities magazine. (Business Facilities, July/August 2012)
 
Florida ranks as 4th Best Business Climate in Business Facilities 2012 State Rankings Report (Business Facilities, July 2012)
 
Florida ranks as number 2 best state in which to do business (Chief Executive, May 2012)

Florida Ranks 4th in the 2011 Executive Survey Business Climate Rankings according to Site Selection magazine. (Site Selection, November 2011) 

Florida's business climate is ranked among the Top 5 in the nation by Business Facilities. (more)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ranks Florida’s Workforce and Job Training No. 1 Among States. (Workforce Florida, June 2011)

America's CEOs & Chief Executive Magazine rank Florida among America's Top 3 Best States for Business. (ChiefExecutive.net, May 2011)

Florida ranks #1 in the nation for its percentage of high school seniors taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams.  (Florida Department of Education, February 2011)

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council recognized Florida among the top states for small business and entrepreneurship. The rankings measure the costs and burdens of government on small business, and policy areas that enable their competitiveness and growth. (Small Business and Entrepreneur Council, December 2010)

Florida has been ranked among the Top Ten Nationally in a number of areas of Business Facilities' new state rankings report including Number Seven for Best Business Climate, Number Three for Biofuels Manufacturing Research Leaders, Number Four for Alternative Energy Industry Leaders, Number Three for Solar Power Generation Leaders, Number Three for Biomass Power Generation Leaders, Number Four for Workforce Training Leaders, Number Five for Best Business Tax Climate, and Number Two for Best Transportation Infrastructure.  (Business Facilities, August 2010) 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named Florida the #1 State for Infrastructure and #2 for Workforce Development.  (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, August 2010) 

Florida has been named Number One in the Nation for Workforce in CNBC's 2010 America's Top States for Business Rankings, marking the second time in three years the Sunshine State has taken the spot in the workforce category.  (CNBC, July 2010)

Florida Tied for Fifth in Advanced Placement scores in the percentage of 2009 graduating seniors who passed an Advanced Placement exam in high school.  The state jumped five spots from last year and took the top spot in the percentage (40.2 percent) of 2009 graduating seniors who took an AP exam in high school. (South Florida Business Journal, February 2010)  

Florida education system ranks 8th in the nation on the 2010 Quality Counts: Fresh Course, Swift Current report issued by Education Week.  (Education Week, January 2010)

For the second year in a row, Florida has ranked among the top three states for workforce. (CNBC's Top States for Business, July 2009).

Florida is one of the most pro-business states in the nation, ranking 9th in Pollina Corporate Real Estate's Top 10 Pro Business States study. The rankings are based on 28 measurements including taxes, human resources, right-to-work legislation, energy costs and job growth study. (Pollina Corporate Real Estate, June 2009)

Florida continues to shine as one of the nation's best states for business, ranking No. 1 in the nation for workforce among the Top 10 in Technology & Innovation and Access to Capital, and moving up to rank 3rd overall in this year's Chief Executive survey of the best places for jobs and business growth. (Chief Executive, March 2009)

Florida ranks as Top 10 in the nation in education according to the 2009 Quality Counts: Portrait of a Population report released by Education Week. (Education Week, January 2009)

Florida is a national leader in growing the alternative energy industry, ranking 2nd for number of new branches, 3rd in employment and 5th in the nation for number of startups. (Business Xpansion Journal, November/December 2008)

Florida earned top spots on Site Selection's 2008 Top State Business Climate rankings. The state's business climate ranked 4th among executives and 6th overall. (Site Selection, November 2008)

Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation in online education. The Center for Digital Education evaluated each state's vision, policies, programs and strategies to transform their academic environments to meet student need and declared Florida the national leader. (Center for Digital Education, October 2008)

Florida is among the top 5 states for best tax climates for business. Florida has remained among the top 5 U.S. states since the survey's inception. (The Tax Foundation, October 2008)

Florida's economic climate ranks No. 1 in the U.S. according to Forbes' Best States for Business. Ranking 8th overall, Florida also scored among the Top 5 in the Labor and Growth Prospects categories. (Forbes, August 2008)

Florida's business climate is among the Top 5 in the country, according to a new study published by the consulting firm Development Counselors International. (The Wall Street Journal, July 2008)

Florida has the #1 workforce in the nation, according to CNBC's America's Top States for Business. Florida also ranked high in Technology & Innovation and Access to Capital. (CNBC, July 2008)

Florida is one of the most desirable locations for film production, according to film industry magazine P3 Update's Top 10 Places to Shoot in the U.S. (P3 Update, July 2008)

Florida is home to more of Relocate-America's Top Places to Live than any other state. These rankings further attest to Florida's high quality of life, and are based on a combination of economic data and feedback from people who live in each area. (May 2008)

Florida leads the nation with the most Newsweek 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. (Newsweek, May 2008)

Florida beaches were awarded more top 10 spots than any other state, including #1 beach in the U.S., 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. (Dr. Beach, May 2008)

Florida is one of the most pro-business states in the nation, ranking 2nd in Pollina Corporate Real Estate's Top 10 Pro Business States study. The rankings are based on 28 measurements including taxes, human resources, right-to-work legislation, energy costs and job growth study. (April 2008)

Florida continues to receive high marks for its business tax structure, ranking as the 5th Best State Tax System for Entrepreneurship and Small Business. (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, April 2008)

Florida is a national leader in the biosciences industry, ranking 2nd in the U.S. for number of biosciences startups and among the top 10 for number of new biosciences branches and total employment. (Business Xpansion Journal, April 2008)

Growing for the 3rd consecutive year, Florida's high-tech workforce added an additional 5,700 jobs, making Florida the 4th largest cyberstate by tech industry employment and among the 8 fastest growing. (AeA Cyberstates 2008, April 2008)

Florida was named a Top 5 Region for Biotech in 2008 by the industry's daily monitor, Fierce Biotech. This is Florida's 2nd consecutive year at the top of this ranking of regions supportive of biotech development. (Fierce Biotech, February 2008)

Florida ranks among the top U.S. states for its number of new manufacturing startups (3rd) and new manufacturing branches (4th), according to Business Xpansion Journal. (Business Xpansion Journal, February 2008).

Florida ranks among the top 15 states in Education Week's annual Quality Counts: Tapping into Teaching report, ranking 4th in the nation in efforts to improve teaching and 7th in student achievement. Florida also ranks among the top 15 states in terms of the alignment of its K-12 education system with early learning; higher learning and the workplace; and its academic standards and accountability policies. (Education Week, January 2008)

Florida posted phenomenal gains in venture capital in 2007, nearly doubling over the year to reach $608.3 million. (Orlando Business Journal, January 2008)

Florida's transportation industry earned top spots on Business Xpansion Journal's transportation establishments rankings - 2nd in the U.S. for number of new transportation startups and 4th for number of new branches. (Business Xpansion Journal, January 2008)

Florida's low taxes and smart growth policies have placed it among the top 5 Best States for Starting a Business according to Fortune Small Business. (Fortune Small Business, November 2007)

Florida continues to rank among the top states for best tax climates 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 5 U.S. states since the survey's inception. (The Tax Foundation, October 2007)

Florida took top spots in recent Life Science business rankings, coming in 2nd in the nation for number of bioscience and healthcare services start-ups, 3rd for number of medical device manufacturer and pharmaceutical start-ups, and 3rd for new bioscience, healthcare services and medical device manufacturer branches. (Business Xpansion Journal, September 2007)

Florida's transportation industry earned top spots on Business Xpansion Journal's transportation establishments rankings - 2nd in the U.S. for number of new transportation startups and 4th for number of new branches. (Business Xpansion Journal, January 2008)

Florida's low taxes and smart growth policies have placed it among the top 5 Best States for Starting a Business according to Fortune Small Business. (Fortune Small Business, November 2007)

Florida continues to rank among the top states for best tax climates 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 5 U.S. states since the survey's inception. (The Tax Foundation, October 2007) 

 

 

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