Lee County, FL

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Population

739,224

2.34% growth

Median Age

48.7


Median Household Income

$53,928

1.93% growth

Poverty Rate

14.9%


Number of Employees

316,819

4.95% growth

Median Property Value

$225,300

6.83% growth

About

In 2017, Lee County, FL had a population of 739k people with a median age of 48.7 and a median household income of $53,928. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lee County, FL grew from 722,336 to 739,224, a 2.34% increase and its median household income grew from $52,909 to $53,928, a 1.93% increase.

The population of Lee County, FL is 67.2% White Alone, 21.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.79% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Lee County, FL speak a non-English language, and 90.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, FL are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,098 degrees awarded in 2016), Florida SouthWestern State College (2,494 degrees), and Fort Myers Technical College (638 degrees).

The median property value in Lee County, FL is $225,300, and the homeownership rate is 71.4%. Most people in Lee County, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, FL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lee County, FL employs 317k people. The largest industries in Lee County, FL are Retail Trade (48,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (40,033 people), and Construction (37,291 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,536), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,494), and Finance & Insurance ($45,891).

Median household income in Lee County, FL is $53,928. Males in Lee County, FL have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,343. The income inequality in Lee County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,928

2017 value

± $1,861

1.93%

1 Year Growth

± 4.2%

Households in Lee County, FL have a median annual income of $53,928, 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 $52,909 in 2016, which represents a 1.93% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,114

Average Male Salary

± $840

$45,343

Average Female Salary

± $594

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lee County, FL made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Lee County, FL 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

  1. Asian

    $59,204 ± $3,403

  2. Alaska Native

    $49,633 ± $34,468

  3. White

    $49,322 ± $566

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lee County, FL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 Lee County, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

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 0.211% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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.

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 503.05

  2. Census Tract 802.04

  3. Census Tract 503.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, FL was Census Tract 503.05 with a value of $128,889, followed by Census Tract 802.04 and Census Tract 503.07, with respective values of $122,083 and $110,478.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lee County, 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

14.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, FL (103k out of 690k 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 55 - 64.

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

    78,697 ± 2,342

  2. Hispanic

    36,212 ± 1,579

  3. Black

    15,254 ± 1,019

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

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

317k

2017 Value

± 12,064

4.95%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 4.95%, from 302k employees to 317k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, FL, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (19,239 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (10,447 people), and Customer Service Representatives (10,018 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, FL, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (19,239 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (10,447 people), and Customer Service Representatives (10,018 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Grounds Maintenance Workers (3.32 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (2.81 times), and Woodworkers (2.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, FL, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,000), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($61,945), and Legal Occupations ($57,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

317k

2017 Value

± 12,064

4.95%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 4.95%, from 302k employees to 317k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, FL, are Retail Trade (48,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (40,033 people), and Construction (37,291 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, FL, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, 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 Lee County, FL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (48,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (40,033 people), and Construction (37,291 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.83 times higher than expected), Construction (1.8 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, FL, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,536), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,494), and Finance & Insurance ($45,891).

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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

86.7% of the population of Lee County, FL has health coverage, with 34% on employee plans, 14.7% on Medicaid, 20.8% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.41% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lee County, FL 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 1621 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.34% increase from the previous year (1584 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2082 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1073 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

1621 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see an average of 1621 patients per year. This represents a 2.34% increase from the previous year (1584 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 neighboring states.

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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

13.3%

Uninsured

34%

Employer Coverage

14.7%

Medicaid

20.8%

Medicare

15.8%

Non-Group

1.41%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, FL grew by 9.1% from 12.2% to 13.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lee County, 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%.

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

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Diversity

Lee County, FL is home to a population of 739k people, from which 90.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.3% of Lee County, FL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lee County, FL is composed of 497k White Alone residents (67.2%), 157k Hispanic or Latino residents (21.2%), 57.6k Black or African American Alone residents (7.79%), 13k Asian Alone residents (1.75%), 11.5k Two or More Races residents (1.56%), 2.7k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.365%), 901 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.122%), and 178 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0241%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lee County, FL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

50

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lee County, FL was 48.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Lee County, FL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lee County, FL residents was 48.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

14.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 15.3% of Lee County, 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 Lee County, FL was 14.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    984,212 ± 23,779 people

  2. Haiti

    353,866 ± 14,481 people

  3. Colombia

    274,220 ± 12,772 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lee County, FL was Cuba, the natal country of 984,212 Lee County, FL residents, followed by Haiti with 353,866 and Colombia with 274,220.

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Citizenship

90.7%

2017 Citizenship

91.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.7% of Lee County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, FL was 91.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    497k ± 1.47k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    157k ± 9.84k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    57.6k ± 3.16k

In 2017, there were 3.17 times more White Alone residents (497k people) in Lee County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 157k Hispanic or Latino and 57.6k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lee County, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lee County, FL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lee County, FL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    23,228 ± 2,241

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,983 ± 2,285

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,808 ± 2,078

Lee County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lee County, FL awarded 7,806 degrees. The student population of Lee County, FL is skewed towards women, with 13,935 male students and 20,318 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, FL are White (4,749 and 61.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,799 and 23.4%), Black or African American (706 and 9.17%), and Two or More Races (163 and 2.12%).

The largest universities in Lee County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,098 and 39.7%), Florida SouthWestern State College (2,494 and 31.9%), and Fort Myers Technical College (638 and 8.17%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, FL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,892 and 24.2%), Registered Nursing (431 and 5.52%), and General Cosmetology (304 and 3.89%).

The median tuition costs in Lee County, FL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,314 and $16,039 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 254 degrees awarded

  2. 179 degrees awarded

  3. 1,891 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lee County, FL was Registered Nursing with 254 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Lee County, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,098 degrees awarded

  2. 2,494 degrees awarded

  3. 638 degrees awarded

$3,314

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lee County, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Florida Gulf Coast University with 3,098 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,896

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,910

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,896 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, FL, which is 0.59 times less than the 4,910 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

    4,749 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,799 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    706 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lee County, FL were to White students. These 4,749 degrees mean that there were 2.64 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,799 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, FL was $225,300 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $210,900 to $225,300, a 6.83% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, FL is 71.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lee County, FL have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lee County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$53,928

Median Household Income

± $1,861

266k

Number of Households

± 8,677

In 2017, the median household income of the 266k households in Lee County, FL grew to $53,928 from the previous year's value of $52,909.

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, 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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Housing

Property Value

$225,300

2017 Median

± $5,501

$210,900

2016 Median

± $6,187

In 2017, the median property value in Lee County, FL grew to to $225,300 from the previous year's value of $210,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lee County, 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 Lee County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

71.4%

2017 Homeownership

70.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.4% of the housing units in Lee County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee County, 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 Lee County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lee County, FL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, FL have a longer commute time (26.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.95% of the workforce in Lee County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.23%

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

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