Fort Myers, FL
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Fort Myers is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 79,943 people and 67 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Myers is the 39th largest community in Florida. Much of the housing stock in Fort Myers was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Fort Myers economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Fort Myers, where the median household income is $41,591.00.

Fort Myers is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Myers is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Myers who work in sales jobs (14.46%), office and administrative support (11.44%), and management occupations (9.50%).

One thing that you will notice about Fort Myers is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Fort Myers a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the nice things about Fort Myers is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The overall education level of Fort Myers is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fort Myers in 2010 was $26,415, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,660 for a family of four. However, Fort Myers contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fort Myers is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Myers home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Myers residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Myers also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Myers include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Haitian.

In addition, Fort Myers has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.77%).

The most common language spoken in Fort Myers is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.