Guess which local area made the Top 10 Cities on the Rise in Florida
This neighborhood just west of Orlando has gone by some not-so-nice names over its long history, but apparently things are on the upswing, according to a new analysis by NerdWallet that looked at 147 cities, towns and census-designated places in Florida to find those with more than 20,000 residents that are experiencing growth in jobs, income and population.
Have you guessed which neighborhood it is yet?
Here’s the findings from NerdWallet:
Pine Hills, a census-designated place just west of Orlando, is one of Orange County’s oldest and largest neighborhoods. Rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, this area from 2009 to 2012 saw a whopping 62.5% growth in its working-age population, the highest percentage increase in our top 10. This area that once battled crime and had a neglected infrastructure has since focused on revitalizing its neighborhoods and commercial areas. Residents here also saw a 3.9% increase in employment, and a 9.2% increase in median income from 2009 to 2012. In December 2011, the board of county commissioners created the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District to drive efforts to redevelop and promote new business and entrepreneurial opportunities. Now, local leaders and residents are working to transform the Silver Star and North Pine Hills crossroads into a dynamic town center.
Those findings catapulted Pine Hills to the No. 1 spot on the NerdWallet list.
The analysis examined the following growth metrics from U.S. Census Bureau data:
Population growth in the working-age population from 2009 to 2012.
Employment growth in the percentage of employed residents from 2009 to 2012 relative to statewide employment growth over the same period.
Income growth in the median income for full-time, year-round workers from 2009 to 2012.
To view the full ranking of all 147 cities, towns and other areas, click here.