Florida data

UF: Florida Consumer Sentiment hits five-year high

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s September Consumer Sentiment reached a post-recession high of 79 — up three points from a revised August reading of 76, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Consumer Sentiment stays steady in Florida

Floridians' Consumer Sentiment remains nearly as high as it has been since the Great Recession hit in late 2007, according to a monthly University of Florida index released Tuesday.

Florida consumers’ confidence jumps, UF survey finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians rose in July by three points from the revised June figure to 76, which is nine points higher than this time last year, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF: Consumer Sentiment in Florida drops four points in June

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians sank four points this month, after jumping four points to 78 in May, according to a University of Florida survey.

“In June Floridians reversed their optimism about their future finances,” said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “The decline was across age and income groups and did not reflect a specific policy change.”

Duval lags behind Florida population rebound

As go moving trucks, so goes Florida's economy.

Florida's population surged during the real estate boom when job-hunters and retirees moved into the state. That growth fed on itself as newcomers generated demand for construction, retail and other services.

Then the housing market collapsed. Florida's growth hit a jarring speed bump.

Summer surprise: Gas prices will continue to drop, analysts say

Just in time for people's vacations, analysts say gas prices in Florida will continue to fall  this summer.

UF: Consumer Sentiment in Florida jumps three points in May

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians rose three points to 77 in May, reversing a three-month decline, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. The latest figure is nine points higher than it was a year ago.

Sarasota and Charlotte still tops for 85+ in Florida

More than anywhere in Florida, you are more likely to see an 85-year-old face in Sarasota County than one belonging to an infant or toddler.

New Census data shows Sarasota and Charlotte counties are No. 1 and No. 2 in the state for their percentage of residents 85 or older.

New data: Number of serious crimes drops in county, state

The number of serious violent and property crimes -- or at least the ones tracked by state and federal law enforcement -- dropped slightly in Alachua County from 2010 to 2011, while the Gainesville Police Department's load of such cases dropped by more than 9 percent, according to data released this week.

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