• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area is #5 among New Geography's ranking of best large cities for manufacturing job growth—up from #16 last year.

  • Orlando is one of the "Most Dynamic Cities in America," according to Worth magazine.

  • KPMG lists Orlando as its second-most competitive business location among large U.S. cities.

  • Forbes ranks Orlando as the #3 city for future job growth.

  • The Orlando region has been named one of fDi Magazine’s (2016, 2015, 2014) top 10 “American Cities of the Future” in the large cities category. The region ranked 6th in human resources, 8th in infrastructure and 9th overall of large cities for foreign direct investment in the U.S.

  • Orlando is the best city for recreation, the best foodie city in America and the most pet-friendly city, according to WalletHub.

  • Orlando is #2 (tied with Portland, OR) among Movoto Real Estate Blog's most creative cities in America.

  • The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area ranks #56 on the Milken Institute's list of "Best-Performing Cities"—up an astonishing 42 spots from its ranking in the previous year's report and the highest-ranked Florida city.

  • Forbes ranked Orlando #7 in the nation for African-American economic success.

  • SmartAsset ranks Orlando as one of the 25 best cities for new college grads to live, work and play in.

  • The University of Central Florida named a “Best Value” college by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

  • Forbes names Orlando as one of the top 10 start-up cities for minority entrepreneurs.


  • Kiplinger has named Florida as #5 of the 10 states with the fastest job growth in 2016.

  • Chief Executive Magazine named Florida #2 best state for business in the U.S. for fourth year in a row.

  • Florida ranks #1 for aviation manufacturing attractiveness, according to PwC.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Florida as the top state in the nation for workforce training programs in its Enterprising States report.

  • Florida ranks among the top 5 states for favorable business tax climate according to the Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index.

  • Florida is #5 in projected job growth for 2014, according to the Pew Charitable Trust.

  • A study published in Science named the State of Florida as the 3rd happiest state in the U.S.

  • The State of Florida ranks as the 3rd best state for film production by P3 Update Magazine.

  • The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council ranked Florida among the nation's top 5 most entrepreneur-friendly states.

  • According to the National Science Foundation, Florida universities earned top national rankings for doctorate degree graduates in fields like Life Sciences (#3), Engineering (#5), Social Sciences (#7), and Education (#9).

  • According to the U.S. Census, Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for population growth and is among the top 10 fastest growing states.

  • Florida ranks #1 in U.S. aviation manufacturing, according to a new index from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. The U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness index ranked Florida’s talent 1st, its industry 9th and the state’s cost 6th for an overall ranking of first in the nation.

  • Florida ranks 10th nationally for innovation support, according to Florida Technology Journal.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Florida among the top 10 states for starting a business as measured by the number of high-tech businesses in the state, programs that support entrepreneurs and STEM job concentration.

  • Florida has been recognized as the best state in the country for innovation by Fast Company. The ranking looks at the states that have the most thriving startup communities. In addition, Florida ranked as the 2nd-highest rate of new business production, 3rd-best state with revenue per startup ($1.2 million), having the 4th most fundable entrepreneurs per million residents, having the 4th-most fundable investors per million residents and the 5th state whose percent of total employment was from firms less than three years old.