North Florida Economic Development Partnership
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Nick Harwell: 850.922.8048 |
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15 Counties Ready for your Business

Spanning more than 9,100 square miles, the 15 counties that make up the North Central Florida region offer access to a wide variety of natural resources, and a robust transportation infrastructure. This coupled with business-friendly programs and initiatives, makes the counties of the North Central Florida region a desirable place to do business.

With a population of over 1,000,000, the region offers an excellent and diverse workforce, reasonable housing and world-class higher education options. These elements are attracting more and more residents, and most of the 15 counties have seen steady growth over the last decade – some higher than the state average.

County Population % Increase Since 2000
Baker 21.8%
Bradford 9.3%
Citrus 19.6%
Columbia 19.5%
Dixie 18.8%
Gilchrist 17.3%
Hamilton 11.0%
Jefferson 14.4%
Lafayette 26.3%
Levy 18.4%
Madison 2.6%
Putnam 5.6%
Suwannee 19.2%
Taylor 17.2%
Union 15.6%
State Average 17.6%


The history of North Central Florida is old Florida at its best – from rail and timber, to pristine water sources and recreation. The residents embrace this heritage while welcoming the future, and offer state and local incentives to retain its existing economic base, and attract new, sustainable growth to the area. Local governments work tirelessly to ensure that the Florida remembered is the Florida enjoyed.

Did You Know?

Union County, the smallest county in Florida at 248 square miles, is located in the North Central region of the state.

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