Affectionately known as “Waterfront Wonderland”, Cape Coral in Florida has with over 400 miles stretching around the city the largest network of canals in the world. The city was founded in 1957 by real-estate developer brothers, Leonard and Jack Rosen. Its population has since grown enormously, including expats relocating from around the world. As of 2010, it was the eleventh most populous city in Florida, with 60% of people living in Cape Coral being of working age. Many of the city’s attractions are based around the waterfront and canals, with sandy beaches and a number of yachting and watersport venues, it is popular with anglers and boating enthusiasts. As well as boasting 30 recreational parks, seven golf courses and an expansive water park, the city is also home to a host of wildlife species, from gopher tortoises, raptors and dolphins, to the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida. The city has received significant recognition as one of the most pleasant areas to live in, including having previously been rated 6th Best Place to Live out of 300 metro areas in the United States, by Money Magazine. Good air quality, good schools, short commutes and generally high standard of living were all highlighted as important factors earning the city this recognition. It is hardly surprising then that the city has also attracted expatriates from around the world, particularly Europe, although expat numbers are not as high as in some other areas of Florida.
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Temperatures in Cape Coral vary significantly during the year. The average low temperature in January is 54°F (12° C), with average highs of 92° F (33° C) in summer months. If you’re considering moving to Cape Coral, it’s worth noting that the summer months, and August in particular, are the wettest period of the year. But moving abroad is not all about getting to a warmer climate. The Expat Magazine, published by InterNations, is a great source of information if you want to find out more about working or living abroad. The magazine features articles on important considerations such as visas, insurance, travel and finance, as well lifestyle articles helping you adapt to life in a different country. Members of InterNations can also socialize with other expats in Cape Coral or from all over the globe, using the forums and discussion groups.
Much of the economy in Cape Coral is based on local government services, particularly healthcare provision and education. Retail and real estate/construction are also significant sectors of the economy. In 2009, Publix Supermarkets and Walmart were the fourth and fifth largest employers in the city. The largest three employers of people working in Cape Coral were the local school network, City Hall and Cape Coral Hospital. The Cape Coral Economic Development Office actively incentivizes business relocation to the city, a fact that every expatriate planning on finding work in Cape Coral will be glad to hear. The local government furthermore has clearly laid out future plans to ensure the city is economically sustainable.