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 7,094 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 a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Myers Beach is a town of service providers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Myers Beach who work in management occupations (18.43%), food service (17.13%), and office and administrative support (12.69%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 16.02% 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Fort Myers Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, Fort Myers Beach is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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 among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.72% of adults in Fort Myers Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fort Myers Beach in 2018 was $64,356, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $257,424 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Fort Myers Beach include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Myers Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.