Florida has doled out more than $1 billion in job incentives over the past 17 years, and Palm Beach County has emerged as the undisputed champ at landing subsidies from Tallahassee.
The county has pulled in $425 million in state incentives since 1996, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of state data. That’s 42 percent of all state incentives paid to a county with only 7 percent of Florida’s population.
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Which counties got the most
Top five counties by total state incentives paid 1996-2013
1. Palm Beach $425,188,254
2. Orange $150,540,521
3. St. Lucie $107,772,000
4. Miami-Dade $73,170,874
5. Hillsborough $62,637,255
Top five counties by per capita
1. St. Lucie $380
2. Taylor $340
3. Palm Beach $313
4. Orange $125
5. Baker $111
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Explore how the whole state stacks up with interactive maps of by county of job incentive money and job incentives per resident.
How we got the story
To research this story, Palm Beach Post staff writer Jeff Ostrowski analyzed state records for hundreds of job incentives awarded over nearly two decades.
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Why We’re No. 1
The state has paid millions to bring jobs to Palm Beach County, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis of numbers since 1996. Here’s who go the biggest prizes:
Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter - $310 million
Max Planck Institute, Jupiter - $94.1 million
Pratt & Whitney, Jupiter - $6.7 million
Office Depot, Boca Raton - $2.7 million
DayJet, Boca Raton - $2 million