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 74,013 people and 67 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Myers is the 39th largest community in Florida. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Fort Myers, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Fort Myers, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Fort Myers’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Fort Myers does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $39,039.00.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Myers is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (15.50%), office and administrative support (12.23%), and management occupations (8.39%).

Fort Myers is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Fort Myers are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.86% of adults in Fort Myers having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Myers in 2010 was $23,929, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,716 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 20.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Myers include Irish, English, Haitian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fort Myers's cultural character, accounting for 16.40% of the city’s population.

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