In Collier County, the population has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Projections show that the population should grow 8% by 2021.
The total population of Collier County is 366,949. The median age is 48.91. Projections show that the population should grow 8% by 2021.
In Collier County, the average income is around $60,000 per capita.
Collier County is ranked number one in the state of Florida of the Industry Diversification Index from the FGCU Regional Economic Research Institute.
Doing Business in Collier
Tax and Business Climate
|State Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate|
|Taxable Wage Base||$8,000|
|Ad Valorem Tax||11.64%|
|State Corporate Income Tax||5.5%|
|Personal Income Tax||0%|
Collier County provides expedited permitting for all projects and provides a money-back guarantee if reviews are not completed on time. A Fast Track program is also available for economic development projects.
In Collier County, the top three occupational groups in this category are accountants and auditors are the largest occupation group, lawyers are following, and then management analysts.
For the IT fields, the top occupation is a telecommunications equipment installer with 4.7% of the sector. Graphic designers are not far behind with 4.5% of the sector. This sector is quickly increasing as digital jobs become more prominent.
In this sector, team assemblers are the largest percent at 10.9%. This sector has seen a huge increase in jobs in the past decade.
The wellness sector of Collier County is rapidly expanding as new facilities are being built. In 2013 Register Nurses were the largest component of the sector at 14% and saw a 41% increase from 2003 to 2012.
There’s no doubt Collier County is a place for tourism. In the past decade, we have seen a huge increase in the need for the tourism sector. As of 2012, waiters(ess) were the largest part of the sector at 18.6%.
Collier County has acres and acres of farmland. As the need for land increases the number of farms available decrease. Farm Workers/Laborers were the largest part of the sector in 2013.
Learn about some of the basic costs to run your business, or expand your business in Collier County. We can help you minimize the extra costs!
There are many incentives for your business in Collier County. Both the county and state offer incentives for starting up your company. For a full list of incentive programs visit Collier County Government.
Collier County understands the critical nature of the development of a strong, diverse workforce. Our local and regional educational institutions work together with the community at large to ensure that students and talent are ready to enter kindergarten and college or career upon graduation.
Florida Gulf Coast University is a state university that opened its doors to students in 1997 and is located just north of Collier County. It has over 14,000 students and offers 51 undergraduate programs, 28 graduate programs, one specialist program, and two doctoral degree programs. FGCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the university has specialized accreditation for business, engineering, education, health care, resort and hospitality, and social work.
Florida Southwestern State College offers 30 degrees as well as certificates for other fields of study with over 16,000 students across campuses in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades Counties. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Ave Maria University is an accredited Catholic university that has 28 major programs, 23 minor programs, three graduate programs, and 15 different men’s and women’s sports with approximately 900 students. Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. A sister institution is the Ave Maria School of Law, which is fully accredited by the American Bar Association with a student body of nearly 500 that is drawn from almost every state and several other nations.
Hodges University offers associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and graduate degrees with the student population of 1,723 (1,487 undergraduate). Hodges University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Hodges University has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
The School District of Collier County serves nearly 45,000 total students in 29 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 8 high schools, and a PreK-thru-12 school (Everglades City School). There are also 12 Alternative School Programs. The district’s two career/technical centers (Lorenzo Walker Technical College and Immokalee Technical Center) and adult education programs (located at several sites throughout the district) offer students both short- and long-term programs. The District employs approximately 3,200 highly qualified teachers, 49% with advanced degrees.
Future Ready Collier is a network of organizations, businesses, schools and community members working to ensure every child in Collier County, Florida, is ready for Kindergarten, and every young person enters adulthood with a vision and plans to accomplish that vision. Future Ready Collier is the Collier partner for the regional FutureMakers Coalition, seeking to transform the Southwest Florida workforce by increasing the number of college degrees, certificates or other high-quality credentials from 27 percent to 40 percent by 2025.
Collier County has a strong transportation infrastructure in place including four airports located within the county; with close proximity to the Southwest Florida International Airport which serves over 7.6 million passengers with 14 airlines and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports; and direct access to Interstate 75, which extends from Canada to Naples and connects the west coast to the east coast of the state.
Collier County utility providers offer many energy options including solar and natural gas as well as a vast telecommunications network.
With over 300 days of sunshine every year, it is no wonder that Naples has been named the happiest and healthiest city in America two years in a row. It is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches, limitless recreational opportunities, and natural resources.
Collier County’s “after work environment” includes miles of beaches, acres of conservation land, biking paths, hiking trails, Naples Zoo, Children’s Museum of Naples, Artis—Naples and Naples Botanical Gardens. The average annual temperature is 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Collier County also has the lowest crime rate of all metropolitan counties in Florida.
Southwest Florida is one of many locations in the United States that is working to become a Blue Zones Project Certified Community by encouraging small changes that lead to healthier options. When our entire community participates- from worksites, faith-based organizations restaurants, to community policy, grocery stores, schools, and individuals- these small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life.