Fort Myers Beach, FL

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Living in Fort Myers Beach

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 7,102 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 90.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Myers Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Myers Beach who work in office and administrative support (17.37%), management occupations (16.74%), and food service (13.01%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.55% 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Being a small town, Fort Myers Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Fort Myers Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.73% 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 $56,014, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $224,056 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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