Fort Myers, FL

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Population

73,712

3.75% growth

Median Age

39.2


Median Household Income

$41,591

6.72% growth

Poverty Rate

20.6%


Number of Employees

30,804

8.3% growth

Median Property Value

$185,100

15.1% growth

About

In 2017, Fort Myers, FL had a population of 73.7k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $41,591. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fort Myers, FL grew from 71,051 to 73,712, a 3.75% increase and its median household income grew from $38,971 to $41,591, a 6.72% increase.

The population of Fort Myers, FL is 47.6% White Alone, 25.7% Black or African American Alone, and 22.7% Hispanic or Latino. 26.3% of the people in Fort Myers, FL speak a non-English language, and 88.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Myers, FL are Fort Myers Technical College (638 degrees awarded in 2016), Southern Technical College (418 degrees), and Sunstate Academy (210 degrees).

The median property value in Fort Myers, FL is $185,100, and the homeownership rate is 46.7%. Most people in Fort Myers, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Myers, FL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Fort Myers, FL employs 30.8k people. The largest industries in Fort Myers, FL are Retail Trade (4,610 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,536 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,505 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,131), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,610), and Public Administration ($46,419).

Median household income in Fort Myers, FL is $41,591. Males in Fort Myers, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,078. The income inequality in Fort Myers, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,591

2017 value

± $1,764

6.72%

1 Year Growth

± 6.81%

Households in Fort Myers, FL have a median annual income of $41,591, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,971 in 2016, which represents a 6.72% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,931

Average Male Salary

± $842

$44,078

Average Female Salary

± $574

In 2017, full-time male employees in Fort Myers, FL made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,227 ± $3,227

  2. Alaska Native

    $50,175 ± $47,169

  3. White

    $47,927 ± $556

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Fort Myers, FL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Myers, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.259% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 401.19

  2. Census Tract 9

  3. Census Tract 401.14

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Myers, FL was Census Tract 401.19 with a value of $89,792, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 401.14, with respective values of $83,910 and $79,155.

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 Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Myers, FL (14.4k out of 69.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    7,283 ± 703

  2. Black

    5,859 ± 650

  3. Hispanic

    4,467 ± 604

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

30.8k

2017 Value

± 1,388

8.3%

1 Year growth

± 6.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Myers, FL grew at a rate of 8.3%, from 28.4k employees to 30.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Myers, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,453 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,523 people), and Management Occupations (2,925 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 (4,453 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,523 people), and Management Occupations (2,925 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 (1.74 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.63 times), and Legal Occupations (1.49 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 ($63,679), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,509), and Legal Occupations ($60,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.8k

2017 Value

± 1,388

8.3%

1 Year growth

± 6.01%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Myers, FL grew at a rate of 8.3%, from 28.4k employees to 30.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Myers, FL, are Retail Trade (4,610 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,536 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,505 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 (4,610 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,536 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,505 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Myers, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.75 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.73 times), and Construction (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Myers, FL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($76,131), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,610), and Public Administration ($46,419).

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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. $57.1B

  2. $44.9B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $57.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $44.9B and Gasoline and $41.8B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$457B

2015 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Florida trade was $457B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $714B by 2045.

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. $17.7B

  2. $15.1B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $17.7B, followed by Texas with $15.1B and California and $10.7B.

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

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Health

80% of the population of Fort Myers, FL has health coverage, with 32.1% on employee plans, 17.8% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.12% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Fort Myers, FL see 1376 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1379 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1735 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 703 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1376 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Florida see an average of 1376 patients per year. This represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1379 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

20%

Uninsured

32.1%

Employer Coverage

17.8%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

1.12%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Myers, FL declined by 9.89% from 22.2% to 20%.

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. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

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Diversity

Fort Myers, FL is home to a population of 73.7k people, from which 88.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.8% of Fort Myers, FL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Myers, FL is composed of 35.1k White Alone residents (47.6%), 18.9k Black or African American Alone residents (25.7%), 16.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (22.7%), 1.67k Asian Alone residents (2.27%), 893 Two or More Races residents (1.21%), 341 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.463%), 68 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0923%), and 22 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0298%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fort Myers, FL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (11,283 speakers), French Creole (3,018 speakers), and Portuguese or Portuguese Creole (311 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fort Myers, FL was 39.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Fort Myers, FL are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Fort Myers, FL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

18%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 18.8% of Fort Myers, FL residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Myers, FL was 18%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    951,787 ± 23,383 people

  2. Haiti

    321,904 ± 13,819 people

  3. Mexico

    272,262 ± 12,724 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Fort Myers, FL was Cuba, the natal country of 951,787 Fort Myers, FL residents, followed by Haiti with 321,904 and Mexico with 272,262.

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Citizenship

88.1%

2017 Citizenship

88.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.1% of Fort Myers, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Myers, FL was 88.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    35.1k ± 1.43k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    18.9k ± 1.19k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16.7k ± 1.74k

In 2017, there were 1.85 times more White Alone residents (35.1k people) in Fort Myers, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.9k Black or African American Alone and 16.7k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fort Myers, FL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    11,283 speakers (17.5%)

  2. French Creole

    3,018 speakers (4.68%)

  3. Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

    311 speakers (0.482%)

26.3% of Fort Myers, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Fort Myers, FL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 17.5% of the overall population of Fort Myers, FL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 4.68% speak French Creole and 0.482% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,462 ± 286

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    683 ± 239

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    565 ± 198

Fort Myers, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fort Myers, FL awarded 1,558 degrees. The student population of Fort Myers, FL is skewed towards women, with 975 male students and 1,385 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Myers, FL are White (866 and 55.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (442 and 28.5%), Black or African American (185 and 11.9%), and Two or More Races (31 and 2%).

The largest universities in Fort Myers, FL by number of degrees awarded are Fort Myers Technical College (638 and 40.9%), Southern Technical College (418 and 26.8%), and Sunstate Academy (210 and 13.5%).

The most popular majors in Fort Myers, FL are General Cosmetology (178 and 11.4%), Criminal Justice - Police Science (148 and 9.5%), and Massage Therapy (112 and 7.19%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Myers, FL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Fort Myers, FL was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 148 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 638 degrees awarded

  2. 418 degrees awarded

  3. 210 degrees awarded

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Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Fort Myers, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fort Myers Technical College with 638 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

632

Degrees Awarded to Men

926

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 632 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Myers, FL, which is 0.683 times less than the 926 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    866 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    442 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    185 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Myers, FL were to White students. These 866 degrees mean that there were 1.96 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 442 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Myers, FL was $185,100 in 2017, which is 0.851 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $160,800 to $185,100, a 15.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Myers, FL is 46.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Myers, FL have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Myers, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$41,591

Median Household Income

± $1,764

27.3k

Number of Households

± 1,160

In 2017, the median household income of the 27.3k households in Fort Myers, FL grew to $41,591 from the previous year's value of $38,971.

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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$185,100

2017 Median

± $9,955

$160,800

2016 Median

± $8,223

In 2017, the median property value in Fort Myers, FL grew to to $185,100 from the previous year's value of $160,800.

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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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

46.7%

2017 Homeownership

46.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 46.7% of the housing units in Fort Myers, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 46.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Myers, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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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 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Myers, FL have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.87% of the workforce in Fort Myers, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Myers, FL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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