Fort Myers Beach is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 6,983 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Fort Myers Beach is the 248th largest community in Florida.
Fort Myers Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Fort Myers Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Fort Myers Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Myers Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Myers Beach who work in sales jobs (16.18%), office and administrative support (14.79%), and management occupations (11.39%).
Of important note, Fort Myers Beach is also a town of artists. Fort Myers Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fort Myers Beach’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.89% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Fort Myers Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Fort Myers Beach 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.
Being a small town, Fort Myers Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Fort Myers Beach are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.08% of adults in Fort Myers Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Myers Beach in 2010 was $54,973, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,892 for a family of four. However, Fort Myers Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Fort Myers Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Myers Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fort Myers Beach include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Myers Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.