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Growth Corridor

  • Babcock Ranch straddles Charlotte and Lee Counties in SWFL.
  • Punta Gorda MSA ranked the 5th largest area in 2022 for population
    growth in the U.S. (Census Bureau)
  • The region’s (Charlotte and Lee Counties) population is 1.01 million
    in 2023, increasing 8% since 2017.
  • From 2017 to 2022, jobs increased by 12% in the two counties to 376K,
    outpacing the national rate of 3.8%.
  • Labor force participation rate advanced from 51.8% to 54.3%
    between 2017 and 2022.
  • 28% of the region’s population possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  • Regional unemployment as of May 2023 was 2.86% vs. 2.69% for Florida.
  • Nine out of 10 businesses in the region employ fewer than 20 workers.
  • The top three industries are Retail Trade, Government and Construction.
  • Gross Regional Product for the two counties was $48 billion in 2022,
    about 3% of the entire state.
  • The total net migration for the region was 22,211 in 2020.

Top Employers in the Region

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Proximity to Major Transportation Hubs

Babcock Ranch, connections to Florida State Road 31 and State Road 80 allowing swift access to the I-75 commercial corridor, which reaches markets from Miami to Michigan.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and the Punta Gorda Airport are both within a 30-minute drive from Babcock Ranch.

Altogether, five international airports are located within a 200-mile radius.

One of the most environmentally friendly forms of transport, barge shipping is also easily accessible from Babcock Ranch.

3 Major Highways

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Driving Distances to Major Markets

  • Tampa – 130 miles
  • Orlando – 140 miles
  • West Palm Beach – 140 miles
  • Miami – 160 miles
  • Atlanta – 580 miles
  • 1-75 Connects with 10 major interstate arteries between Miami and Detroit

2 Ports

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Port Manatee – 60 Miles

  • Closest U.S. Deepwater seaport to the enhanced Panama Canal.
  • 10 40-foot-depth berths.
  • Turning basin to accommodate Panamax vessels.
  • 165-ton tandem lift capacity.

Port Miami – 180 Miles

  • 50+-foot deep-water channel.
  • 6 Gantry crane wharfs, including 2 super post-Panamax gantry cranes.
  • Surpassed 1 million TEU mark seven consecutive years.

2 Airports

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Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

  • 14 carriers including Delta, Southwest, American and United.
  • Class A port of Entry with on-site customs services.
  • Designated Foreign Trade Zone.
  • 10.3 million annual passengers.

Punta Gorda Airport (PSG)

  • Low-cost, nonstop air service to more than 50 destinations.
  • Accommodates large corporate jets on three lighted runways.
  • Training center for aviation mechanics and pilots.

Achieving Success Through Milestones

Jan 2018

First residents moved in

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Jan 2019

142 homes completed

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Jan 2020

393 homes completed

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July 2020

Babcock Ranch ranked 34th most active master planned community in the U.S.

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Jan 2021

801 homes completed

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July 2021

Babcock Ranch moved to #24 in the list of most active master planned communities in the U.S.

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Jan 2022

1320 homes completed

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