These Are The 10 Best Places To Get A Job In Florida

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Best Places For Jobs, Rankings - 3 years ago
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You may think of Florida as one giant retirement home, but the fact of the matter remains that there are over nine million people in the labor force there.

And what do those people in the labor force need? Jobs.

So, here at Zippia, we took it upon ourselves to help people find what parts of Florida are the best and the worst to get a job. We use our standard analytic process to separate the A places from everywhere else.

After crunching all the numbers, we were left with this set of the best places to get a job in Florida:

  1. Oviedo
  2. Naples
  3. Marco Island
  4. Lake Mary
  5. Wekiwa Springs
  6. Longwood
  7. Fruit Cove
  8. Cooper City
  9. Winter Springs
  10. Palm Valley

Follow along to see how we got here.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Florida

We first researched detailed data on 913 places in Florida. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 10,000 people.

This left us with 302 places in Florida to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 302, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Florida”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Sales tax
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

1. Oviedo

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,726
Unemployment Rate: 3.60%
Median Household Income: $82,168

Oviedo takes top honors when it comes to places for jobs in Florida and, not only that, it laps its closest competition.

The city, located about 20 minutes outside of Orlando, did extremely well in the triple crown of jobs — unemployment rate, recent job growth, and future job growth.

It ranks as having the fourth lowest unemployment rate and the second best prospects for future job growth.

No wonder it earned a spot in the executive suite.

2. Naples

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,933
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $77,525

Naples has a reputation for being a great place to live and its second place finish on this list only helps boost that reputation.

The city came in second in terms of recent job growth and prospects for future job growth. However, it couldn’t compete with Oviedo when it comes to its unemployment rate.

Located in Southwest Florida, Naples deserves its promoted status.

3. Marco Island

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,570
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $74,771

Marco Polo would have been proud to have discovered Marco Island, the third best places for jobs in Florida.

Some may call Marco Island “Naples’ better half”, but it fell just behind its neighbor in our analysis. The only difference? A median household income $3,000 lower.

Or one (awesome) Disney vacation for a family of four each year.

4. Lake Mary

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: marketloyal.com

Population: 13,917
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $76,037

Lake Mary, located near the eastern coast of Florida, ranks as the fourth best place to get a job in Florida.

The second smallest place on the list, it just edges out Wekiwa Springs. The two towns shared the exact same ranking in every category except for median household income where Lake Mary won by a slight margin.

5. Wekiwa Springs

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,784
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $75,808

Wekiwa Springs (pronounced Wee-KI-wuh for those playing at home) comes in fifth on our list for the best places to get a job in Florida.

The town scored well across the board, but held its own particularly well in recent job growth and prospect for future job growth.

6. Longwood

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: point2.com

Population: 13,796
Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Median Household Income: $59,811

Longwood may be the smallest place on this list, but that doesn’t make it short on jobs.

Located near Orlando, Longwood confirms the trend we’ve been noticing — living in the Orlando Metropolitan area does wonders for your job prospects.

Much like the two previous places on the list, and Oviedo, Longwood is only a rock’s throw from Orlando.

It’s a small world after all.

7. Fruit Cove

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: city-data.com

Population: 29,161
Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Median Household Income: $97,209

Fruit Cove gets the sweet taste of victory by placing number seven on our ranking.

Breaking from the triumvirate that came before it, Fruit Cove earned its spot because of a relatively lower unemployment rate and and a massively higher household median income.

They must only get the freshest of jobs in Fruit Cove.

8. Cooper City

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: coopercityfl.org

Population: 29,580
Unemployment Rate: 3.50%
Median Household Income: $88,465

Cooper City, located in Southwest Florida, took home the eight spot on our ranking for the best places in Florida to get a job.

Cooper City actually boasts the lowest unemployment rate for any city in the top ten coming in at number three overall in the state of Florida.

The only two cities with lower unemployment rates are Key West and Key Largo, but the other criteria for those two cities were so poor that they barely finished in the top 50% of places overall.

9. Winter Springs

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: hanklowryelectric.com

Population: 33,331
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Median Household Income: $68,239
Ignore the name because Winter Springs is hot a market when it comes to jobs.

The city ranks as the ninth best place in Florida to get a job on the back of recent job growth (Top 10% of places in Florida) and expected job growth (Also in the top 10%).

10. Palm Valley

Best Places For Jobs in FL

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Median Household Income: $85,753

Palm Valley just snuck onto the list of best places in Florida to get a job with a tenth place finish.

Top 20% finishes across the board propelled Palm Valley to this spot, but it did extraordinarily well when it comes to median household income where it finished 14th overall.

Now it just needs to give it 110 percent to sneak up higher on this list next year.

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