Glades County’s central location also gives employers access to a workforce in excess of 200, 000 in the six county Heartland region of South Central Florida, within a 45-minute drive time of any site in Glades County.


Regional  Demographics

Population 254,018
Available Workforce 125,264
Population Median Age 40.2
Median Household Income $30,442


Regional  Workforce

Total Labor Pool 125,264
Labor Force % of Population 43.5%
Unemployment Rate (Nov 2008) 9.3%


Workforce  Age  Group

Within a 45-minute drive

18-21 11,868
22-29 21,457
30-39 29,000
40-49 27,515
50-64 35,424
Total 125,264


Employment by Sector  
Agriculture/Mining 18.4%
Education/Health/Social Services 18.0%
Retail Services 11.9%
Construction 8.0%
Arts/Entertainment/Food Services 7.6%
Public Administration 7.0%
Professional/Scientific/Mgmt Svcs 5.9%
Manufacturing 5.3%
Other Services 4.8%
Transportation/Warehousing/Utilities 4.1%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 4.0%
Wholesale Trade 3.3%
Information Services 1.7%


Regional Education Attainment

Population 25 years and over 154,378
High school graduate or higher 66.2%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 10.5%


Post Secondary Schools in the area


Students from the Glades County School District have a number of options for continuing their education near home. CDL training by Suncoast Trucking Academy and other technical training are offered at the Glades County Regional Training Center, adjacent to Americas Gateway Logistics Center, while students can pursue an associates degree in a variety of disciplines at Florida Southwestern State College, in LaBelle, roughly 20 minutes west of Moore Haven. In addition, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd, S., Fort Myers, is roughly an hour away.