Southeast Region

South East Florida RegionPopulation:     
Labor Force:    3,175,050
Households:    2,370,840

• Miami International
• Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood   International
• Palm Beach International
• Key West International

Dominant Cities:
• Miami
• Fort Lauderdale
• West Palm Beach
• Boca Raton
• Key West

College Highlights:
• University of Miami
• Florida Atlantic University
• Nova Southeastern University
• Florida International University
• Broward College
• Miami Dade College

Cultural Features:
• Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts (Miami)
• Broward Center for Performing Arts  (Ft. Lauderdale)
• Kravis Center for Performing Arts (West Palm Beach)
• Miami Art Museum
• Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach)
• Boca Raton Museum of Art
• Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Miami)
• Elliott Museum (Stuart)


Dating from the beginning of the Sunshine State’s modern era, marked by the introduction of railroads in the 1880′s, the Southeast region has laid the foundation for the state’s vibrant growth. With approximately a third of the state’s population on and near the coast from Vero Beach to Key West, the region ranks as the state’s largest with over 6 million residents.

From the prehistoric landscapes of the Everglades to the glistening skyline of Miami, the essence of everything that was and has become the Florida experience continues to attract people worldwide to the Southeast region.

To the south life with the spirit of the islands lives on in the Florida Keys that loop from the coral reefs off Key Largo to the eclectic pubs along Key West’s Duval Street. Here the rule of the day is renowned boating, fishing, diving and a laid back existence with a frozen drink close at hand.

The urban sprawl that embodies most of this region starts in the area’s historical destination of Miami and Miami Beach. What stole the spotlight as a boomtown in the opening days of the 1900′s has evolved over the last hundred years to become a multicultural melting pot. With approximately 70% of Miami’s residents of Hispanic origin and a vibrant import-export trade the area is often viewed as the “Gateway”  to Central and South America.

Contributing to the cities diversity is the Port of Miami, which stands as one of the nation’s largest container cargo ports facilitating the area’s thriving global commerce and status as a major center for domestic and international distribution.  The port also holds the designation as the “Cruise Ship Capital of the World” with its status as the number one cruise/passenger port in the world

Further supporting the area’s robust economy is manufacturing, emerging technology industries and ,of course, the area’s legendary tourism attraction.

Sports enthusiasts will find plenty to cheer about in the region thanks to NFL play with the Miami Dolphins, NBA’s Miami Heat, the NHL Florida Panthers and MLB with the Miami Marlins.  Other regional sports highlights include numerous golf events, horseracing and college sports headed by the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University.

The string of long popular destinations moves north to Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and the West Palm Beach - Palm Beach area.  Here a mix containing the likes of world-class resorts, yacht basins and bountiful shopping pamper an affluent population and provide the state’s largest labor force with an abundance of employment opportunities.

Those desiring fast-paced metropolitan surroundings will continue to find the attractions of the region’s southern “Gold Coast” area a good fit.  In contrast, if you prefer a less conjested urban style environment, the northern “Treasure Coast” expanse from Jupiter to Vero Beach may better fill the bill.

Sources: US Census Bureau; Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation; Enterprise Florida Inc.