Moderately sized Plantation, Florida is part of Miami and Fort Lauderdale's large metropolitan area. The city itself has a population in the 80,000s, and has seen just over a 2 percent population growth over the last decade. Though it suffered from high unemployment during the recession, Plantation's unemployment rate has recovered significantly in recent years, staying just above 5 percent from quarter to quarter, and remaining slightly under both Florida's and the nation's unemployment rates.
In many respects Plantation has a comfortable cost of living consistent with the national average. What bumps Plantation's cost of living higher than that of Florida's overall is housing, which is significantly higher than both the Florida average and the US average.
Plantation, Florida Job Opportunities
The city is focusing money and development in three major business districts in an effort to bring diverse businesses to the area. Plantation Midtown is mixed office and retail space, Plantation Technology Park caters to tech and industrial businesses, and the Plantation Gateway Development District is an effort in redevelopment. The proximity to a number of colleges and universities also attracts academics and students alike. Two hospitals and a number of clinics, nursing homes, and other medical facilities provide significant healthcare jobs in Plantation.
Plantation, Florida Employment Trends
Plantation's location places it near several major highways, and it's just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale. This proximity gives it an economic advantage, as growth in the area typically means growth for Plantation. The city works with Enterprise, Florida and with the State of Florida to attract new businesses to the area, specifically those that will contribute jobs to the community and growth to the economy overall. Considerable investments have been made to upgrade the highways in the area, which continues to be a source of construction andmaintenance jobs.