A University of Florida study indicated a rise in Florida consumer confidence for the seventh month in a row, mainly due to positivity with personal finances. In 1966, the index was set to an arbitrary level of 100, and ranges between 2 and 150. This past month, the consumer confidence index rose over a point to reach 94.7. The index for personal finances made a major jump this month, rising 7.6 points to 85.1. This is the highest level since June 2006, and is expected to grow to 101.6 a year from now. Compared to U.S. expectations for consumer confidence, Florida’s index is expected to outperform the rest of the country. With ever increasing home prices, rising gas prices, and a $1 billion state budget surplus, Florida’s consumers are able place more confidence in the state’s economy.