Jacksonville doesn't draw the same attention as other Florida cities, but our economy deserves some notice.

The facts prove it.

The average income in Jacksonville is just about the best in Florida, reports the Institute for Economic Forecasting at the University of Central Florida.

Here are some stats for the Jacksonville metro’s population of 1.5 million:

• The average annual wages — $59,900 — rank second among the 12 Florida metropolitan areas.

• The real per capita income — $47,700 — ranks third among the 12 Florida metropolitan areas.

Actually maybe this shouldn't be a surprise: Jacksonville’s economy does not rely on tourism or agriculture, which are both relatively low-wage job categories.

Some other interesting nuggets on Jacksonville's current economic climate:

• The Jacksonville Aviation Authority contributes $6 billion a year to the Jacksonville economy thanks to its four airports: JIA, Cecil, Craig and Herlong.

• Jacksonville’s economy has added 14 percent more jobs from 2014 to 2018; construction has led the job growth, followed by services, education and health care.

• One issue still facing our city is housing — while home construction is increasing, it’s not fast enough to ease the shortage of single-family housing.

More people coming to Florida

Florida has a well-deserved reputation as a low-tax state, and that's allowing it to keep attracting residents from high-tax states.

From July 2017 to July 2018 Florida had the highest level of net domestic migration of any state — and one reason is a new federal tax rule that limits deductions for state and local income taxes to $10,000.

The typical Northerner may pay state and local income taxes as well as federal taxes, so the cap on deductions is putting a beating on the bank accounts of wealthy Northerners.

The result is a jump in Florida home sales among buyers from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut.

The one downside for Florida? The influx from the North is pushing up home values across our state, which in turn is making it harder for those who aren't wealthy to find affordable housing.

Protecting Florida’s children

At least four children have died in Florida this summer because they were left in overheated vehicles. Can't something be done about this? Yes.

State Sen. Linda Stewart of Orange County has a bill that would require all child care vans to install alarms that would alert drivers to double-check the back seats.

According to a state Senate staff analysis, Palm Beach County and Broward County already have standards similar to the one proposed in Stewart's bill.

Opponents may cite the additional cost that child care centers will assume in installing the vehicle alarms, but that's a far cheaper price to pay compared to losing the life of yet another young Floridian.