JUST RELEASED: More than 3.1 Million Floridians in Poverty
By: Katherine Bustamante
By 2030, Florida is expected to grow to 26 million residents and will welcome more than 150 million visitors per year. With this, comes opportunities and challenges, as this growth is expected to come during one of the most disruptive periods, where changes in the landscape of work, technology and talent will create a new normal. With this in mind, the Foundation’s Florida 2030 project is committed to focusing on Florida’s long-term future and ensuring global competitiveness, pathways to prosperity and vibrant and sustainable communities.
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Less Poverty, More Prosperity: Florida’s Fiscal Cliffs Report shows Florida has more than 3.1 million people living in poverty, with 944,415 of that total under the age of 18. The large number of Floridians living in poverty in our state impacts not only individual families, but also businesses, Florida’s economy, and our state’s global competitiveness. Florida will find it harder to succeed in 2030 and beyond if more than 1 in 6 Floridians continue living in poverty.