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How Many Restaurants Are In Florida?

Ever wondered what Florida county has the most residents per restaurant?

I did.

To satisfy my curiosity I pulled the number of restaurant permits in each county going back to the 1987 and got to work. The “Pop/Rest” stat shows the population divided by the number of restaurants in each county. The PoP/Rest stat is a proxy to the amount of disposable income in each county.

Counties where people have little disposable income have fewer restaurants because people eat out less. Wealthier counties (or counties with lots of tourists) have more restaurants because there are more diners to serve.

In 2012, Liberty county had 1,704 residents for every restaurant. In Orange County however, there were 402 residents for each restaurant. In effect, Orange County residents dine out six times more often than Liberty County residents.

You can explore the data in the interactive viz below.

What Industry Has The Largest Economic Footprint In Florida?

I took some time off over the holidays to rest and learn some new tools and techniques. I’m back to it and excited for a 2014 that promises to be a great year for Florida’s political and policy observers.

I will start the year simple because sometimes it is interesting to take a fresh look at basic data.

Recently, I pulled a simple data set on the economic contributions in gross state product (GSP) of various sectors of the Florida economy. The PDF chart below shows the 2012 economic in Florida of each NAICS industry classification.

Here are a few counter intuitive items I noted:

-Government is the second largest economic sector in Florida at over $90 billion.

-Agriculture is the second smallest industry sector in that state at $8 billion.

-Professional, scientific and technical services sector has a larger economic footprint than do hotels and restaurants.

The chart is found here (FloridaGSPByNAICS). Keep in mind, the Y-axis (GSP value) is shows in thousands of millions. So, 1k on the chart is equal to $1 billion in economic worth.

Jobs of Florida’s State Legislators

Many people outside of “the process” do not realize that Florida’s legislature is a part-time body. As most readers of this post will know, Florida’s lawmakers are “citizen legislators” who hold regular jobs outside of the Capitol.

What jobs are typical of legislators? Do professional differences exist between the parties? Does the House or Senate have more lawyers? We scraped data from the Clerk’s manual, categorized the jobs listed by industry, and found some interesting items.

- The top three overall fields represented in the legislature are legal, business and real estate.

- 1 in 4 legislators are lawyers and they account for 32% of Democrats and 23% of Republicans.

- Business people comprise 20% of the Republican Caucus but only 9% of the Democratic Caucus.

- Each party has six members who come from education related fields.

Explore the interactive chart below where you can hover over any area for more info and filter using the drop downs. To see full details (member name, occupation, etc) simply click “Show Data” icon in the mouse over box.

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Florida’s Football Stadiums: By The Numbers

Each Saturday statewide, nearly one half million college football fans fill stadium seats at a host of stadium venues, ranging from Raymond James Stadium to Doak Campbell Stadium.

That lead us to wonder which team claims the largest share of this market by stadium size?

Obviously, the answer to this question is biased towards the school with the largest stadium capacity. And that turned out to be the answer. The Florida Gators have the largest market share of filled seats in the state of Florida. With a stadium capacity of 88,548, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium gives the Gators an advantage over each team. They have a share of 27.65% of filled seats. Second place, no surprise, went to Florida State, having 23.86%.

But when investigating this question, another one arose.

Which team fills the largest portion of their seats? Who comes closest to selling out every game. Again, the Gators win this contest. This is rather surprising given the recent run of success the Seminoles have enjoyed. The Seminoles have filled an average of 91.86% of Doak Campbell Stadium’s seats in 2012. The Gators were ahead, having filled an average of 98.93% of their house last year. Not to knock the Seminoles, though. Given the size of their house, 92% is still great.

The chart below is sized by the portion college football seats statewide held by each stadium and shaded for overall stadium capacity. The chart is interactive, if you like it, please share it.