By The Florida Times-Union
The year 2030, slightly more than a decade from now, is just around the corner for the state of Florida.
Addressing challenges on a statewide level requires immediate action, an action plan.
That’s what the Florida Chamber Foundation has done with its report titled “Florida: 2030.”
The challenges at first glance appear overwhelming. Florida will be disrupted and transformed by 2030.
- The population will continue to grow with about 5 million new residents.
- Retiring boomers will come to Florida as their elders did. About 1 in 4 Floridians will be 65 or older.
- Non-ethnic Whites will become a minority by 2030. And nearly 1 in 5 Floridians will be foreign-born.
- People will pack the cities. Rural areas will account for 86 percent of Florida’s land area but just 10 percent of its population.
- Florida has five of the top 25 fastest-growing metro areas: Fort Walton Beach, the Villages, Orlando, Cape Coral and Naples.
- Millennials will take over as the dominant age group but they will be dealing with massive amounts of student loan debt, outpacing credit card and auto loan debt.
Are we ready for 2030? Floridians apparently don’t know.
At 83 town hall meetings involving over 10,000 Floridians in all 67 counties, 87 percent of respondents said they were optimistic about Florida’s future but most said their own communities weren’t “positioned for global competitiveness, prosperity and vibrant and sustainable communities.”
That’s an odd answer since usually people are more optimistic closer to home. For instance, people-re-elect their member of Congress while disliking Congress as a whole.
A print-ready PDF is available here.