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Fort Myers, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Myers had a population of 78,645 as of July 1, 2017. Fort Myers ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Florida. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Myers is located at latitude 26.6196 and longitude -81.8318 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Myers (see map below) encompass a land area of 39.64 sq. miles and a water area of 9.01 sq. miles. Lee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Fort Myers (GNIS ID: 2403643) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Fort Myers is located within Fort Myers CCD of Lee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Myers population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Myers: Myers.

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Fort Myers, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 78,645
Daytime Population: Workers 54,957
Daytime Population: Residents 46,388
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 101,345
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 75,547
Population in Familes 55,015
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,098
Population Density2 1,984
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $40,346
Average Household Income $65,172
Per Capita Income $27,266


Total Housing Units 44,739 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,297 (29.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,617 (41.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,825 (28.7%)
Median Home Value $189,653
Average Home Value $248,837


Total Households 31,914
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 18,334
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 3.27% 2.75%
Households 3.44% 2.85%
Families 3.47% 2.77%
Median Household Income   2.1%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

Fort Myers, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Myers to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 39 96th
Population Density # 394 57th
Diversity Index # 100 89th
Median Household Income # 651 29th
Per Capita Income # 421 54th

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