Decision MediaWorks

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.

A State Divided: College Loyalty and County Lines

In Florida, college affiliations matter…a lot. Anyone who has driven Florida’s interstates knows that our state is regionally divided into distinct post-secondary tribes. We wanted to find out just where those lines of demarcation are drawn in the Sunshine State, so we designed a project to do just that.

We used specialty license plate sales by county to measure college pride around Florida. The first map below shows which school is the number one seller of speciality plates in each county. The second map shows the top school per county when you take away Florida and Florida State.

A few notes:
– The number one spot in each county is held by UF or FSU in every county but Miami-Dade.

- Ignoring UF and FSU dominance in plate selling, FAMU holds its own around the northern portions of the state with Miami covering South Florida.

- The I-4 corridor is the Yugoslavia of Florida with Bethune-Cookman, UCF, Miami and USF all holding at least one county in the region.

Click any county for more detail on the number of active plates and sales ranking among college speciality plates in each county. As always, if you like it, please share it.

Map Colored by School with Most Active Plates in Each County

 

Map Colored by non-FSU/UF School with Most Active Plates in Each County