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Best Cities to Live in Florida for Work

Updated on May 31, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Scenic Florida
Scenic Florida | Source

Best Cities Are Best For Many Reasons

Florida is home to three of the Best Places to Live in America as determined by Money.com in 2010 and these places remain on the list through the mid 2010s.

  • Coral Springs FL - #44 -- Also named a Hottest Town by Money Magazine.
  • Coconut Creek FL - #48
  • Wellington FL - #72

Coral Springs at the top of this state list is also ranked among the 50 Fablulous Places to Raise a Family.

This additional list is a recommendation book by Kathleen Shaputis. As she wrote her reviews for publication in 2006, she found that Coral Springs had already received several awards and that its population was very young overall - 1/3 being ages 17 and under. The median age for the community in 2009 was 33.8 years, according to US Census figures.

The population of Coral Springs increased at least 150% from 1980 - 2005. it also seems to be recreation and sports oriented, with over 600 teams organized among several sports. That makes sense for active kids and young adults - and even Seniors.

Florida Everglades swamp.
Florida Everglades swamp. | Source

Swamp Land and Beans

What is now Coral Springs was a marshy swamp land in the western part of Broward County. It was purchased by an individual and farmed for beans. After his death, the land was sold and became a real estate development, incorporated as a city in the summer of 1963. The lands just west of Coral Springs today are nature preserves and swamps under protection and development to aid Florida's native plants and wildlife, as well as to present birding and other outdoor recreational activities.

The first contruction in Coral Springs was the gateway welcoming Covered Bridge that is now a recognized heritage site and a protected structure. Mail was not delivered door to door in the Kennedy Era city until 1970 and residents picked it up from the real estate development offices, often on horseback. The development company did a good job, handled questions of overcrowding well, and their offices became City Hall.

Builders and young adults and families flocked to Coral Springs and it is now mainly a large, upscale community of young families. In the late 2000s, the city became the first state or local government to be given the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence and innovation (for fiscal strength/accuracy and business and community development), a US Presidential Honor.

Best Places to Live in Florida

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A markerCoral Springs FL - Broward County -
Coral Springs, FL, USA
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B markerCoconut Creek FL -
Coconut Creek, FL, USA
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C markerWellington FL -
Wellington, FL, USA
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Coral Springs Business Orientation

Coral Springs is all-business, front to back.

City leaders encouraged the construction of condominiums that are used for business purposes in office parks that include Cumber Professional Park and Coral Springs Professional Park. A Downtown Coral Springs project advanced in the mid-2000s continues to redevelop the downtown district for business and residential purposes, to preserve historic attractions, and to draw new residents.

Environmental awareness and sustainability are priorities in Coral Springs and no landfills are used. Incineration is the method of disposal for waste that is not recyclable. Housing construction is often concrete block and stucco.

Cape Canaveral Launches are Seen from Coral Springs

Lola the Pig Lives in Coral Springs

Lola and Katie

Two potbellied pigs living large in Coral Springs - Coral Springs - MiamiHerald.com

Lola and Katie sleep side-by-side in their Coral Springs home. They share their toys, and both play horns, keyboard and basketball. The girls love visiting the dog park and their favorite food is bananas, which they slurp down with the disgusting abandon - see video to right.

Autumn in the Everglades. (sxc.hu)
Autumn in the Everglades. (sxc.hu) | Source

Shopping Malls

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A markerRamblewood Plaza, Coral Springs FL -
Ramblewood Plaza, Coral Springs, FL 33071, USA
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B markerThe Plaza at Coral Springs -
The Plaza at Coral Springs, Coral Springs, FL 33071, USA
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C markerVillage Square Coral Springs -
Village Square, Coral Springs, FL 33065, USA
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D markerRoyal University Plaza, Coral Springs FL -
N University Dr, FL, USA
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E markerSawgrass Center, Coral Springs FL -
Sawgrass Center, Coral Springs, FL 33076, USA
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The Freedom Tower of Miami, Florida

Downtown Miami is not far from Coral Springs at about 45 miles and it provides a free people mover. This is the Metromover that visitors often ride over the busy traffic to see the Freedom Tower, located conveniently at a Metromover stop. The building, once a newspaper office, is a visible part of Cold War and Civil Rights Era Florida History.

On the first floor is a display of Cuban-American historical items. They tell the story of the Cubans of the 1950s - 1960s, who left their newly communist home country ruled by Fidel Castro and immigrated to the US through Florida. Hence the name Freedom Tower. In the 1960s, the building was used as a base for providing healthcare and government services to Cuban refugees and in doing that, facilitated a foundation for the Cuban-influenced music culture of today. The facility currently belongs to Miami Dade College and features an art gallery of rotating displays from the masterworks of Da Vinci, Dali, and Goya. A National Historic Landmark, it is used to promote area culture and is visited by many people each year.

Top 10 Hot Jobs in Coral Springs

Over 31,500 job vacancies were found for Coral Springs in late October 2010. The highest demand jobs are:

  1. Retail Sales Representatives
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes specialties and Travel Nursing.
  3. Retail Salespeople
  4. Customer Service and Sales Clerks
  5. Account Managers
  6. Administrative Assistants
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Financial Analysts
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Senior Accountants

 

Top 10 Hiring Employers In Coral Springs

  1. Professional Therapy and Rehab Services
  2. Memorial Healthcare System
  3. Bank of America Corp.
  4. Medical Connections Inc.
  5. Florida Medical Center
  6. Broward Health AT&T
  7. HCR ManorCare
  8. Cleveland Clinic of Florida
  9. All About Staffing
  10. Nova Southeastern University

 

Coral Springs Labor Market

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B markerFort Lauderdale FL -
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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C markerHollywood FL -
Hollywood, FL, USA
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D markerPampano Beach FL -
Pompano Beach, FL, USA
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E markerBoynton Beach FL -
Boynton Beach, FL, USA
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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Broward County Employment Projections 2008 - 2018

High-Demand Jobs Expected to Increase by Highest Percentages

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  3. Mainstream Middle School Teachers
  4. Mainstream Kindergarten Teachers
  5. Cost Estimators
  6. Construction Laborers
  7. Veterinary Techs
  8. Mainstream Secondary School Teachers (high school level)
  9. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  10. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

Education K-12 and construction occupations cover much of this Top 10 List, while Sales and Healthcare dominated 2010 job openings.

Higher Education

Secondary education located within 30 miles of Coral Springs includes:

  • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
  • Barry University
  • Broward Community College
  • Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton
  • Keiser College
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Palm Beach Community College

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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      Mark Soler 5 years ago

      WOW" Networking Administration is growing huge. Top job

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      SO-2 5 years ago

      Great info. Thanks I am looking to move to FL since it is a great state.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like a great place to live, but I would be concerned about hurricane season. Not surprised to find Sales Rep as top job, due to all of the attractions there. Voted and rated.

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      PatrickNormandin 6 years ago from New York

      I have just learned so many things about Florida! Thanks for your fantastic hub!

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      stan 6 years ago

      Very informative. Keep it up

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      J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! Lots of information. How long does it take to write one of these? I'd guess 15-20 hours minimum, including research.

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      Carolina Dursina 6 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Great hub and really, very informational!

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      Sheila Craan 6 years ago from Florida

      Very informative hub and good illustrated hub Patty Inglish! I am thrilled to be living about two hours from Coral Springs - one of the best places to live in the US.I visited Cape Canaveral and the Everglades but have not visited the Freedom Tower. The beautiful Savanna Preserve is next to my home with a cool fish conservatory pond at the end of my block. My quality of life has greatly benefited by living in this gorgeous state that if full of natural preserves and open space.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Thanks, I love learning about other places, the health care industry is thriving there it seems. Population growth of 150% is incredible. I think I need a Florida trip soon.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I have never seen, heard and learned so much about the USA then through your hubs. Thank you. This is a real educational tour.