Economic Data

Fitch Rating Service affirms in a May 2015 Sumter County report: “the general obligation (GO) rating Outlook to Positive from Stable reflects the area economy’s continued growth and diversification and maintenance of robust financial operations.” Sumter maintains a Dunn & Bradstreet A and A+ rated county economy and bond rating.

Sumter County’s Median HH Income

Sumter County Median Household Income equaled $48,493 in 2013, boasting a 16.9% gain since 2010, and again ranking Sumter County first among Florida counties, this time in the category of Growth of Median Household Income.

Median HH IncomeYear
$39,7202009
$43,0792010
$48,4932013
$49,8742015
$50,3502016

Sumter County’s Per Capita Income

Per Capita IncomeYear
$29,1912010
$32,9302011
$35,3002012
$36,4812013
$37,5582014

Sumter County’s Average Wage Level

Average Wage LevelYear
$37, 5582014
$35,3712015
$34,7062016

Sources of Income

When studying the sources of income within the county an interesting trend emerges. Total earnings rose nearly 58% over the past 5 years to a total of $921.4 Million, (making Sumter the number one County in the state for 5 yr. growth in total income).

An equally impressive increase has occurred in transfer income (retirement income). The total transfer payments in the county, derived from Sumter’s large and growing population of retirees, grew more than 69% over the previous 5 years to a substantial $785 Million, ranking Sumter the number one County in the state for growth in the category of Transfer Payments. This indicates money flowing into the county from other parts of the United States, through means other than the sale of goods and services, nearly equaled that of revenue generated through the actual sales of goods and services.