Palm Beach County Accolades


Florida ranked Second Best State to do Business 2012 & 2013. Read More  


 Best State Business Tax Climate: Florida ranks #5 Read More

Jupiter, Fl ranks Ninth among "America's Happiest Seaside Towns"
according to Coastal Living magazine.
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Why Palm Beach County Shines

Palm Beach County’s strengths include a growing and diverse population, favorable corporate tax rates, easy access to international transportation from our airports and port, an emerging technology and bioscience sector, an education system dedicated to excellence and a skilled and educated workforce. Oh yes, we also enjoy an executive lifestyle that is the envy of the world.

Palm Beach County High Schools Named Among Top 10 in Florida, According to the U.S. News & World Report.  The schools listed were Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. at #7 and Suncoast at #8.  U.S. News teamed with the Washington-based American Institutes for Research to come up with the list, which was culled from 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia using 2010-2011 data. (U.S. News & World Report, April 2013)

Palm Beach County High Schools Ranked Among Top 100 in Nation, According to the Washington PostThe schools listed were Suncoast at #16 and Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. at #63.  The Washington Post list ranks schools based on a Challenge Index where the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken by all students at a school in 2010 are divided by the number of graduating seniors. (The Washington Post, April 2013)

Palm Beach County Recognized by Governor Rick Scott for Fastest Annual Job Growth Rate in 2012. Palm Beach County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 2.5 percent was caused mainly by gains in the following industries: other services (+9.4 percent); professional and business services (+4.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.0 percent); and construction (+3.0 percent). (Rick Scott, 2012)

Palm Beach County's Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ranks in Top 5% in Nation for Clinical Excellence. HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, named Boca Raton Regional Hospital as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ establishing it as the Top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.  As part of this study, HealthGrades rates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online. (Healthgrades Hospital Ratings, January 2011)

Palm Beach County Ranks as One of the Best Places to Open a Corporate Headquarters. In a 2011 comparative cost analysis by The Boyd Company, Inc., Palm Beach County ranks 16th among 55 top U.S. locations.

Palm Beach County Ranked #40 as One of the Nation's Least Expensive Headquarters. The Boyd Company, a location consulting firm in Princeton, N.J., conducted a study of the cheapest metro areas to run a corporate headquarters.  The study was based on 55 metros and cost estimates were based on a hypothetical 75,000 square-foot office with 300 employees.  (Palm Beach Post, The Boyd Co., January 2011)

Palm Beach County Featured as an ‘Oasis of Opportunity’ in Delta Airline's Sky Magazine. The feature story focuses on economic and community development and the key commerce sectors that contribute to the area’s economy, as well as primary quality of life factors, tourism and hospitality. In-depth interviews with area leaders and stakeholders, historical tidbits and timelines, maps and neighborhood profiles, and colorful sidebars on key events and areas of interest will all be supplemented with executive lifestyle images of Palm Beach. (Delta Airline's Sky Magazine, December 2010)

Palm Beach County Ranked #23 in the U.S. and Canada as an Affordable Place to do Business Compared to Other Biotech Hubs. The Boyd Company, a location consulting firm in Princeton, N.J., conducted a study that calculated the cost of running a bioscience business. The study was based on 35 metro areas in U.S. and Canada and cost estimates were based on the bill to operate a 60,000-square-foot facility with 150 workers. (Palm Beach Post, The Boyd Co., November 2009)

The West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce-Vero Beach Region Ranked #31 as One of ‘Florida's Smartest Regions’ According to The Daily Beast Website.  Results from the internet-only new site were based on a nationwide survey of the 55 most populated metros.  Rankings were determined by the number of residents with bachelor's degrees and graduate degrees according to the U.S. Census; political engagement; available institutions of higher learning; and nonfiction book sales, as tracked by Nielsen BookScan.  (, October 2009)

Boynton Beach's ‘The Links’ named ‘Florida's Best Municipal Golf Course’ According to Golf Digest. The criteria was a combination of the magazine's “Best Places to Play” and “Best in State” rankings. The Links earned 4.5 star ratings in Best Places to Play over three consecutive listings with an emphasis on pace of play, value, service, and course condition.  The Links also earned a 4.5 star rating on the municipal-course list. (Palm Beach Post, July 2009)


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