South Florida

South Florida is the 7th largest metropolitan statistical area in the nation (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties).  The region, whose combined population exceeds 5.5 million, has roughly one-third of Florida’s total population of which approximately 60% are in the prime working ages.  South Florida has been designated a mega-region of the future and a driver of U.S. economic growth.  As one of the most developed regions of Florida, it offers significant business advantages such as exceptional international connectivity, a cosmopolitan environment and a year-round outdoor lifestyle.  South Florida’s diverse industries are accentuated by the large number of regional headquarters of multinational corporations located in the region.  The more than 1,500 multinational companies in South Florida oversee more than $200 billion in annual revenues, locally employ more than 125,000 workers and oversee close to 600,000 employees worldwide.

South Florida provides easy access to international markets and no other site in the Western Hemisphere can match the unique combination of strategic location, infrastructure, international workforce, and concentration of corporate and financial resources.  For this reason, South Florida has the third largest consular corps in the United States with over 100 international consulates and trade offices from countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Despite its size and development, South Florida boasts a vibrant and well-preserved eco-system including the internationally recognized Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. The Everglades National Park is the largest tract of wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains and is the home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the U.S. including the manatee, American crocodile and the Florida panther.  Biscayne National Park is within sight of downtown Miami and its aquamarine waters, emerald islands and coral reefs make up the only underwater national park in the continental U.S.  The freshwaters of the Big Cypress National Preserve support the Everglades and the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast and is the home to a diversity of wildlife.

South Florida’s tropical weather, outdoor lifestyle, strong business economy and diversity combine to create a quality of life without comparison.