Rankings 2014

florida

Education:

31st

Economy:

8th

Safety:

41st

Environment:

47th

Health:

31st

Infrastructure:

41st

Government:

20th

Results Champion?: YES

Florida’s economy is one of the best overall in the US. With one of the largest GDP’s Florida is business friendly, and is growing in terms of jobs as well as new firms. Unemployment rate as well as income inequality hold Florida back from being higher on the economic ranking for states. The state is also above average overall for efficient and effective state government. It is tied with other states for the highest S&P credit rating and is very transparent about the government financial transactions. However, the government scored very low in its use of technology by the Center for Digital Government.

Florida is challenged in education (31st), safety (41st), health (31st), environment (47th) and infrastructure (41st). Unusual in relation to its sister states, Florida has a high rate of uninsured despite a lower cost of healthcare. This could be a product of other mitigating factors, such as demographics, and education levels. Florida also suffers from one of the lowest high school graduation rate among states.

Recommendations
Safety of the citizens is priority one, and reducing the rates of violent crimes, incarceration, and child abuse is key to improve the state’s outcomes. Any improvement in environmental outcomes, especially policies that increase renewable energy generation, would benefit Florida. While Florida had Goal measures that were below average in comparative ranking, this was often due to a few measures skewing the median ranking in those areas. Improving the rate of uninsured in the public health measures, and high school graduation rates in education, would greatly improve Florida’s overall outcomes.