Fort Myers, FL

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2020 Population
83,505
4.48% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marco Rubio
Republican Party
US Senator
Rick Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
40.9
0.739% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
16%
4.65% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$48,848
5.26% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$248,400
4.06% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
35,472
5.54% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Fort Myers, FL had a population of 83.5k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $48,848. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Fort Myers, FL grew from 79,927 to 83,505, a 4.48% increase and its median household income grew from $46,409 to $48,848, a 5.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fort Myers, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (48.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (22.8%), White (Hispanic) (13.3%), Other (Hispanic) (6.24%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (3.25%).

None of the households in Fort Myers, FL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

89.6% of the residents in Fort Myers, FL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Myers, FL are Fort Myers Technical College (586 degrees awarded in 2020), Southern Technical College (344 degrees), and Sunstate Academy (226 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Fort Myers, FL was $248,400, and the homeownership rate was 48.2%. Most people in Fort Myers, FL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Myers, FL was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Fort Myers, FL is home to a population of 83.5k people, from which 89.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 18.5% of Fort Myers, FL residents were born outside of the country (15.4k people).

In 2020, there were 2.12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.4k people) in Fort Myers, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fort Myers, FL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    40.4k ± 1.87k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    19.1k ± 1.53k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    11.1k ± 1.46k
23.5%
Hispanic Population
19.6k people

In 2020, there were 2.12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.4k people) in Fort Myers, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.5% of the people in Fort Myers, FL are hispanic (19.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fort Myers, FL as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.5%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
15.4k people
20.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
16.1k people

As of 2020, 18.5% of Fort Myers, FL residents (15.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Myers, FL was 20.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.9
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2020, the median age of all people in Fort Myers, FL was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Fort Myers, FL are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Fort Myers, FL residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Cuba
    1,006,483 ± 24,039 people
  2. Haiti
    335,997 ± 14,118 people
  3. Colombia
    281,766 ± 12,945 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 1,006,483 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 335,997 and Colombia with 281,766.

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Citizenship

89.6%
2020 Citizenship
88%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 89.6% of Fort Myers, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Myers, FL was 88%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,479 ± 240
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    855 ± 317
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    404 ± 131

Fort Myers, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Florida, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Florida (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Florida. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Florida.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Florida across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Fort Myers, FL is $48,848. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Fort Myers, FL was Census Tract 9 with a value of $118,696, followed by Census Tract 14.02 and Census Tract 401.23, with respective values of $111,116 and $91,920.

Males in Florida have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,168. The income inequality in Florida (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Fort Myers, FL employs 35.5k people. The largest industries in Fort Myers, FL are Retail Trade (5,091 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,075 people), and Construction (4,110 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,185), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,132), and Finance & Insurance ($47,353).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,848
2020 value
± $2,129
5.26%
1 Year Growth
± 5.57%

Households in Fort Myers, FL have a median annual income of $48,848, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,409 in 2019, which represents a 5.26% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$64,321
Average Male Salary in Florida
± $888
$48,168
Average Female Salary in Florida
± $615

In 2020, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Florida
  1. Asian
    $60,417 ± $3,531
  2. White
    $53,356 ± $619
  3. Two or More Races
    $44,585 ± $1,774

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Florida.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Myers, FL is from Florida.
0.472
2020 Wage GINI in Florida
0.473
2019 Wage GINI in Florida

In 2020, the income inequality in Florida was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.289% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9
  2. Census Tract 14.02
  3. Census Tract 401.23

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Myers, FL was Census Tract 9 with a value of $118,696, followed by Census Tract 14.02 and Census Tract 401.23, with respective values of $111,116 and $91,920.

The following map shows all of the places in Fort Myers, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Myers, FL (13k out of 80.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    6,051 ± 687
  2. Black
    4,741 ± 675
  3. Hispanic
    4,137 ± 590

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Myers, FL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

35.5k
2020 Value
± 1,787
5.54%
1 Year growth
± 6.48%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fort Myers, FL grew at a rate of 5.54%, from 33.6k employees to 35.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Myers, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,500 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,483 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (3,100 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Myers, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Myers, FL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,500 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,483 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (3,100 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Myers, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.86 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.74 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Myers, FL, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($83,333), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($68,603), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($67,847).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

35.5k
2020 Value
± 1,787
5.54%
1 Year growth
± 6.48%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fort Myers, FL grew at a rate of 5.54%, from 33.6k employees to 35.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Myers, FL, are Retail Trade (5,091 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,075 people), and Construction (4,110 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Myers, FL, though some of these residents may live in Fort Myers, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fort Myers, FL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (5,091 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,075 people), and Construction (4,110 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Myers, FL has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (2.03 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.74 times), and Construction (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Myers, FL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,185), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,132), and Finance & Insurance ($47,353).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $94.8B
  2. $62.6B
  3. $59.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $94.8B, followed by Electronics ($62.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($59.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Florida.
$688B
2020 Value in Florida
$1.41T
Projected 2050 Value in Florida
105% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $688B. This is expected to increase 105% to $1.41T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $24.9B
  2. $19.2B
  3. $15.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $24.9B, followed by California with $19.2B and Texas and $15.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Florida went to Donald J. Trump with 51.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (47.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.635%). The most partisan county was Holmes County, FL with 89.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing the state of Florida. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Florida
51.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Florida
  1. 89.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 85.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Florida was Holmes County, FL with 89.1% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Florida colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Florida

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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Rick Scott
Senator from Florida1
Assumed office on January 8, 2019
Inauguration delayed in order to finish his term as Governor of Florida.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing Florida.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Florida over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Florida

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Florida have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Fort Myers, FL awarded 1,463 degrees. The student population of Fort Myers, FL is skewed towards women, with 801 male students and 1,697 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Myers, FL are White (678 and 46.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (507 and 34.7%), Black or African American (237 and 16.2%), and Two or More Races (16 and 1.09%).

The largest universities in Fort Myers, FL by number of degrees awarded are Fort Myers Technical College (586 and 40.1%), Southern Technical College (344 and 23.5%), and Sunstate Academy (226 and 15.4%).

The most popular majors in Fort Myers, FL are Medical Assistant (184 and 12.6%), General Cosmetology (152 and 10.4%), and Facial Treatment Specialist (144 and 9.84%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 39 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 182 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 152 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Fort Myers, FL was Massage Therapy with 39 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Fort Myers, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 586 degrees awarded
  2. 344 degrees awarded
  3. 226 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Fort Myers, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fort Myers Technical College with 586 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

497
Degrees Awarded to Men
966
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 497 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Myers, FL, which is 0.514 times less than the 966 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fort Myers, FL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    678 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    507 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    237 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Fort Myers, FL was White students. These 678 degrees mean that there were 1.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 507 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Myers, FL was $248,400 in 2020, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $238,700 to $248,400, a 4.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Myers, FL is 48.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Fort Myers, FL have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fort Myers, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$248,400
2020 Median
± $10,925
$238,700
2019 Median
± $10,109

In 2020, the median property value in Fort Myers, FL grew to to $248,400 from the previous year's value of $238,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Myers, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Myers, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$48,848
Median Household Income
± $2,129
31.6k
Number of Households
± 1,522

In 2020, the median household income of the 31.6k households in Fort Myers, FL grew to $48,848 from the previous year's value of $46,409.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Myers, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fort Myers, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Myers, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

48.2%
2020 Homeownership
49.6%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 48.2% of the housing units in Fort Myers, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Myers, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Myers, FL have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.45% of the workforce in Fort Myers, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (74.5%)
  2. Carpooled (12.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.56%)

In 2020, 74.5% of workers in Fort Myers, FL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.4%) and those who worked at home (5.56%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Myers, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Myers, FL have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

83.9% of the population of Fort Myers, FL has health coverage, with 32.3% on employee plans, 18.1% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 15.3% on non-group plans, and 1.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Florida was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see 1528 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.972% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2007 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 877 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Glades County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,528 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, FL

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see an average of 1,528 patients per year. This represents a 0.972% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Florida
$4,606
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,175
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,229
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

16.1%
Uninsured
32.3%
Employer Coverage
18.1%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
15.3%
Non-Group
1.07%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Myers, FL grew by 2.57% from 15.7% to 16.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Myers, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.5% prevalence
  3. 17.8% prevalence

Glades County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 21%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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