As Bloomberg recently reported: “Florida is emerging as the new leader for economic growth.” This growth is fueled not only by the baby boomers, but also by our retirement communities in Ocala, Marion County and surrounding areas. Population by area ranks The Villages, one of our neighboring elite senior communities, as third as the fastest-growing city in terms of economic growth. Reports indicate that the Ocala area will be one of the nation’s leaders in economic growth by 2016.

Here’s a sample of the published list of cities expected to see the most economic growth by next year:

  • Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla.: 4.9%
  • Sebring, Fla.: 4.8%
  • The Villages: 4.7%
  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.: 4.5%
  • Austin-Round Rock, Texas: 4.4%
  • Raleigh, N.C.: 4.3%
  • Ocala, Fla.: 4.2%
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers: 4.2%
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington: 4.1%
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.: 4.1%
  • Laredo, Texas: 4.1%
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.: 4.1%Source: “These 18 Cities Will See the Most Economic Growth Next Year,” Bloomberg (June 18, 2015)
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