Naples, FL
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Naples is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 21,512 people and 61 constituent neighborhoods, Naples is the 130th largest community in Florida.

Naples home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Naples real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Naples is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Naples is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Naples who work in sales jobs (22.57%), management occupations (21.03%), and office and administrative support (9.93%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.53% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Naples is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’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.

In addition, Naples is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Naples 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.

One of the benefits of Naples is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.99 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Naples is a pretty powerful place. 52.64% of the adults in Naples have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Naples in 2010 was $84,721, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $338,884 for a family of four. However, Naples contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Naples home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Naples residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Naples include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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