header image
 
 

STATISTICS & INFO ABOUT FLORIDA

► FOR ALL NON-BRITISH MATTERS RELATING TO FLORIDA consult the state’s official website   www.myflorida.com     

► MEDIA ONLY for your shows and articles on Florida:   Call the State’s Press Office  in Tallahassee, the state capital on [850]   487-2568.  This is inside the Governor’s Office [850] 488-7146   

► BRITISH TOURIST NUMBERS TO FLORIDA Consult www.visitflorida.org the state’s tourism website or call [850] 488-5607. They supply/track that information and maintain current figures.

►  LATEST:   The United Kingdom has long been Florida’s most important international market outside of Canada. And the numbers show why.   In 2015, 1.7 million tourists from the UK visited Florida — more than visitors from Germany, Mexico, Australia, China and India combined. But it’s more important than just the volume of visitors, Visit Florida Florida President Will Seccombe said. British tourists spend and spend and spend. British tourists combined spent $1.5 billion on their visits, dwarfing what travelers from any other nation but Canada spend.   The data shows us a Brit is going to spend more than any other foreign visitor. ……Statement December 10, 2016 from Visit Florida, the State’s official tourism marketing agency based in Tallahassee.  

►  The population of Florida is 19 million and growing always.   [Latest US Census in 2016]

►   “ Florida goods exported to the European Union U totalled $6.3 billion and Florida products exported to the UK in 2012 reached $1.2 billion-a 4 percent increase.  British firms employ 39,000 people in Florida making Britain the largest foreign job supporter in the Sunshine State.”  ——-June 2013 Statement from Florida’s British Consul-General at a trade function in Miami.  This figure obviously changes, up or down.  For further/current UK trade information phone the Miami British Consulate on [305] 400-6400 press the Trade option. 

►   FLORIDA FACT:   A record 89.3 million people visited Florida in 2012 the state’s official  tourist office VISIT FLORIDA announced last month. That was  a total increase of 2.3 per cent over 2011 which was also a record-breaking year. Overseas visitors, many of whom are always from the UK, showed the greatest growth increasing by 9% to 10.2 million. 

■  BRITISH VISITORS abound year-round in Florida but Miami specifically increases in popularity year by year. In 2013 arrivals just from the UK were 997, 518 up from 795, 591 the year before.   [I don’t have figures into Orlando and Tampa airports]. I hear British accents everywhere and English blokes walking around in football fan shirts, shaming their prettily dressed wives.  Why do so many British male tourists to Florida men think suitable vacation wear is a West Ham shirt?  Male tourists from Italy are divinely dressed in linen trousers and fitted shirts—sigh.

►  In 2012 Foreign Visitors  to Miami International airport were  1]  Brazil  2] Mexico with 1.17 million 3] Columbia with 1.03 million and  4] UK with 921, 603.   

►    International tourist traffic to Florida [including visitors from the UK] increased by more than 9 percent during the first quarter of 2012. 

►  BRITISH-RELATED STATISTICS—-How many Brits are there in Florida?    This is the question we’re asked hundreds of times a year by reporters, agencies, Brits and curious Americans.    THE ANSWER:   Nobody tracks it—nobody can.   Nobody supplies separate figures for different areas/cities in Florida. The British Bureau of Florida has the only statewide database, compiled since 1991as part of our dealings with the British community in Florida.  We maintain a proprietary computer database broken down by Florida area code [305], [904] [407] etc, which we use for our PR work across the state.   We can fairly accurately estimate there are 400,000 Brits living in Florida permanently or temporarily.  This is based on our vast database of Brits in all areas, British businesses and professionals, FABB members and the entire Florida circulation list of the Union Jack British Newspaper.  So for example we have 7000 resident Brits in BrowardCounty in our database, but that figure changes daily and even we can’t know every arriving British individual or business. Britons move in and out of Florida daily, setting up businesses, emigrating here, returning to UK for good alive or dead!   Brits are not required to register officially with anybody in Florida, so even if you wanted to headcount them you couldn’t.  When I interviewed the British Ambassador to the USA in 1993, the top British official here, for my Union Jack Newspaper column he said:  “Frankly, Patricia The British Government has no idea how many Brits are in Florida.  And you can quote me on that. That’s our official answer!”   Twenty three years later, that UK Government answer hasn’t changed.

►  Tony Blair’s UK Government  Think Tank contacted my office in May 2006 to provide figures for their research, to ascertain the number of British expatriates in Florida.  [I suspect for voter outreach].  Also in 2006 The British Consulate in Orlando set up a system whereby they could track the British community in Florida, in case of distress in hurricanes etc, and consulted me.  They asked me to publicise it via my Union Jack Newspaper newspaper column to expats in Florida, which I did then and in 2011.   The Consulate now has a voluntary system where Brits can register–see it explained on BRITISH CONSULATES page on this website.  The number of Brits in Florida literally goes up and down every day.   

►  October 2011  FLORIDA FACT:    Currently,  31% of property buyers in Florida are international.  UK buyers comprise 7% and come 5th in the foreign top ten.  In South Florida,  60% of buyers are foreign nationals,  many from Europe.   [October 2011 Figures compiled by the National Association of Realtors].  

►   March 2011—There are over 300 UK-affiliated companies in Florida, employing more than 44,000 Floridians, stated the British Consulate-General  in Miami.  Phone Consulate General on [305] 374-1522 for the list–choose the Trade Office option

►  April 2011  FLORIDA was deemed one of the top states to set up business, in a recent ranking of the 20 cheapest regions to set up shop.   Jersey-based BIZ Costs did an analysis in February 2011 of 55 USA areas,  weighing factors like labour costs, tax burdens, utility costs, travel costs, office/warehouse/business space leasing costs and others key factors.  Florida appeared 5 times, with Orlando claiming the top spot of all 55 surveyed. [Jacksonville was third, Tampa Bay was seventh, Palm Beach was sixteenth and BrowardCounty 20th.]  Miami, due to its cosmopolitan, urban desirability and popularity like Manhattan or London, is not a cheap place to operate.  Only Florida boasted more than area in the USA’s top 20.

► July 2011—The UK has dropped down to being the third-largest foreign investor in the USA.  [First is China, then Japan].

►   From a NEWS REPORT from Washington DC by McClatchy News Service September 16, 2006.…edited for relevance.    “The US Government still has no means of tracking foreign travellers arriving in America, even though Congress passed a bill and approved $900 million dollars to create a tracking system called US-VISIT.   But it never got off the ground properly and there is still no system to track foreigners when they leave, Homeland Security officials said. The article said the US Government has a partial system to track SOME foreigners on arrival, but no system to headcount if/when they leave.  All of which adds to the reason why nobody can provide an official figure on the number of Brits in America.”

► 1.4 million British tourists visit Florida each year–official figures fro State Tourism Department. One third of all visitors to BuschGardens in Tampa are British, Busch Gardens PR department confirmed.  For latest numbers of visitors from UK, phone Florida‘s State Department of Tourism in Tallahassee on [850] 488-5607.  

Florida is the most popular state for property buyers from the UK.  UK buyers are in the top 5 of foreign buyers for Florida property.

►  REAL ESTATE [August 2008] Florida remains by far the most popular location for foreign buyers of real estate, the National Association of Realtors announced, releasing its figures for May 2007-May 2008. Canadians, first, British second, Mexicans third. Florida was the top choice of British buyers with California second. [The Germans chose Florida first too—-sigh, more of the towel-hoggers on our beaches].

►  OFFICIAL STATISTICS FROM THE USCIS:
1]  Florida comes second to California as the most popular state for Brits to settle in, the USCIS announced in 2006.
2] The most popular
Florida areas Brits choose to settle in are:   Broward-Miami-Dade area, second Orlando, third Tampa.
3] 
South Dakota is the least popular state with emigrating Brits—The Brokeback Brits, tee hee?
4] Most
UK Brits came here on family visas [marriage to Americans etc] rather than E2/B1/B2 work/business visas. 

►   JULY 2006.     The UK’s Institute for Public Policy in London, working with the Foreign and Commonwealth [again] contacted the British Bureau for their Brits Abroad research project. They were conducting the UK‘s largest survey ever on British expats living abroad. They asked me for statistics and an overview of Brits in Florida.

►►►   ARE YOU OVER 35?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?  Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?  For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions
direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.    NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.

  + WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  The pound is plummeting.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees.  NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank .   FABB [Florida Association of British Business] recommends  MONEYCORP of the UK with an office in Florida.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.  Moneycorp have been trusted FABB members since 2005.