West Palm Beach ranks highest among Florida cities in Forbes magazine’s 2014 listing of the best places for business and careers.
The West Palm Beach metro area, home to Palm Beach Atlantic University’s main campus, comes in at No. 54 on the list of 200 metropolitan areas across the United States. Other Florida cities in the listing were Orlando (67th), Tampa-St. Petersburg (72nd), Jacksonville (75th), Fort Lauderdale (102nd) and Miami (113th).
Studies show that many PBA graduates remain in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas to work after graduation.
“According to our 2012-13 graduate survey, 80 percent of PBA graduates stay in Florida, and 60 percent find employment in Palm Beach County,” said Kimberly Ladd, director of Career Development.
Ladd noted that there are more than 2,500 employers registered in PBA JobLink, the University’s career management system, in the tri-county area alone. “It’s easy to see why so many of our graduates do stay and begin their careers here,” she said.
Raleigh, N.C., was ranked No. 1 on this year’s list. This is the 16th year in which the magazine has conducted the rankings based on job growth, costs, income growth, educational attainment, projected economic growth and other factors.
Forbes also ranked West Palm Beach 55th in education, 105th in job growth and 142nd in the cost of doing business.