In its annual list of the “Best Places for Business and Careers,” Forbes Magazine ranked Gainesville as the best in the state of Florida. Gainesville beat out 16 other cities in the state for the top spot, and was ranked as No. 101 on a national level.
Fort Lauderdale was the last among Florida cities, while the best nationwide was Provo, Utah.
The rankings were based on factors such as job metrics, costs, income growth, education of the labor force, quality of life and more. The listing included quality of life (2.4 percent above the national average); average commute (20 minutes); and median household income ($41,594).
Of the ranking, city manager Russ Blackburn found this news encouraging. Overall, his vision of Gainesville sees it becoming a top 10 mid-size city in the nation, which includes those cities with populations in the 100,000-300,000 range—of which there are about 200. (Gainesville’s is estimated at about 266,200).
Blackburn also stressed that while high rankings are important, he’d rather see Gainesville at the top spot in some areas, rather than No. 1 in everything. Another ranking he was happy with? Gainesville’s transit system—one of the top 10 in the nation, with the highest per capita ridership in the state, according to Blackburn.
In other Forbes lists, Gainesville is ranked as No. 93 for the “Cost of Doing Business,” No. 130 in “Job Growth” and No. 22 in “Education.”
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