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Fort Myers, FL

Fort Myers leans conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
76,591
Fort Myers Population7
$
36,012
Median Income6
5.9
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Fort Myers is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States since 2010, particularly for 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 104%

Age

40.7
Median Age7
22.8
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Fort Myers residents are predominantly white and the city is becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 14.0% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 17.9%

Race

54.4
%
Florida Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Fort Myers has high humidity, almost no cold days, and very heavy rainfall during the summer months. The city sees an average humidity of 72% and 56 inches of annual rainfall with the bulk of that coming June to September

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain11
69
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature35

 

Housing

The average home value in Fort Myers increased by 55% since 2010 which is 12% higher than the national average and 5% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,700
Monthly Average12
52
%
Renters36

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Fort Myers is a very low tax location with no state or local income tax, sales tax near the national average, and property tax 17% lower than the national average.

Other

0.93
%
Property Tax21
6.5
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)37

 

Employment

Fort Myers has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Chicos FAS and Lee Health

Income

26.9
%
<$25,0006
9.1
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Fort Myers leans conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results39

Representatives

Mayor27 Randy Henderson
Republican
House of Representative27 Francis Rooney
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is 62.8 miles from the center of Fort Myers, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System - C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, is 98.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Tampa General Hospital, is 96.3 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 Yes
Decriminalized28 No
 

Safety

In Florida, 28.8% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 32.0% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#1 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report30
#35 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report31
 

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