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Cape Coral ranked second or “Best in Nation” for expected job growth for multiple quarters in 2018 and 2019, according to the Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey.


The Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA ranked seventh nationally in population growth from 2010 to 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The area grew 22 percent to reach 754,610 people.


Cape Coral was among 10 cities named “Top Markets to Target” in 2019 by real estate tech marketing firm SetSchedule.


Cape Coral ranked ninth on Forbes’ list of “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities” in 2018. It was first in projected population and gross market product growth.


Cape Coral ranked first in Florida in the “Happiest Cities in America” in 2019, according to WalletHub. Factors included physical and emotional well-being, income and employment and community and environment.


Cape Coral was 24th of 182 cities surveyed in WalletHub’s “Safest Cities in America” in 2018.


Lee County was second in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best 25 Places People Are Moving to in 2018.”


Florida was second in Chief Executive magazine’s “Best States for Business” in 2018, its sixth straight year in the top two, according to CEO surveys.


The Sunshine State ranked fourth in the nation for its business tax climate by The Tax Foundation and Business Facilities magazine in 2018.


Florida was among the Top 10 “Most Entrepreneurial States” in 2018 with the most small- and medium-sized businesses per capita selling on Amazon.