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Thinking of Moving to Fort Myers or Naples?

Discover what living in SW Florida is like.

If you're thinking about moving to the Fort Myers or Naples area and in the process of researching various locations around the state, you're in the right place. This page has been assembled to help you gain a better understanding of SW Florida, what Fort Myers and Naples offers residents in terms of lifestyle, amenities, employment and healthcare. We also encourage you to reach out to Jenna Scharf, our Fort Myers & Naples relocation expert as she is glad to answer any questions you may have about the area, including the real estate market, housing prices and annual living costs.

About SW Florida

The Fort Myers area is one of the fastest growing areas in the entire state. With a population of 86,395, Fort Myers is home to top-rated beaches, a thriving business environment, local museums and attractions, as well as an active events and social scene. With an average temperature of 74 degrees year-round and 271 sunny days each year, Fort Myers offers its full-time residents an outdoor playground to enjoy activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, golf, boating and fishing.

Experience Fort Myers, some of our local attractions as well as the beauty of nearby Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Make sure your volume is on.

SW Florida Awards & Accolades

The Fort Myers and Naples areas commonly receive awards and accolades for its top-rated beaches, strong business climate, quality healthcare and overall high-quality of life. Below are recent mentions per year.

Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to Fort Myers & Naples

  1. Fort Myers is the Fastest Growing City in America
    In 2020, Fort Myers was ranked as the #1 Fastest-Growing City in the entire US by WalletHub. This study was based upon 15 important factors of both growth and decline over a period of 7 years from over 515 cities nationwide. Since the 2010 census with a city population at 62,298, Fort Myers has now grown to 87,103 (2019 data) which represents an overall 39.8% population increase.
  2. Fort Myers & Naples are Top Cities to Retire In
    The Naples and Fort Myers areas of SW Florida have long been popular retirement destinations on Florida's west coast. In 2022, Naples and Fort Myers were named the #2 and #7 Best Places to Retire in the entire country by US News & World Report (see table rankings below). In 2018, also ranked Naples as the # 1 city to retire in the entire US. These studies are based upon several factors including the happiness of local residents, local tax rates, crime rates, the affordability of housing as well as quality healthcare services available to seniors.

    # City, State Average Home Price Average Age
    1 Sarasota, FL $482,283 49.2
    2 Naples, FL $592,152 66.0
    3 Daytona Beach, FL $258,082 42.5
    4 Melbourne, FL $366,047 42.6
    5 Lancaster, PA $317,902 38.6
    6 Tampa, FL $408,997 35.7
    7 Fort Myers, FL $382,935 40.6
      City rankings based upon the 150 largest metropolitan areas across the US.
  3. Fort Myers Real Estate Offers Good Value
    Both Fort Myers and Naples have gorgeous waterfront property, top-selling master-planned residential communities (Babcock Ranch in Fort Myers and Ave Maria in Naples) and high-rise condos with breathtaking views of the Gulf and natural Florida. The biggest difference between the two communities is the affordability of the real estate. In late May of 2022, the median home price in Fort Myers is $382,935 whereas the median home price in Naples is roughly 200K more at $592,152 which makes Fort Myers a great value by comparison. For exact housing prices and a list of available homes matching your criteria, contact Jenna Scharf, our Fort Myers and Naples relocation expert listed on this page.
  4. SW Florida is the Ideal Outdoor Year-Round Playground
    SW Florida is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts with an average temperature of 74 degrees year-round and 271 sunny days each year. If you enjoy a great workout in the Florida sunshine, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding through natural mangroves and experience Florida wild birds and abundant sea life. There’s also lots of waterways, local islands and sand bars to explore by boat. Lastly, if you prefer to improve your golf game, SW Florida has lots of popular community golf courses to check out.
  5. SW Florida Has a Strong Economy & Job Market
    The SW Florida employment and job market has been very strong in recent years with unemployment at only 3.7 percent. The top industries in the region include hospitality and tourism, healthcare, education, trades, retail and professional services. The biggest and largest employers in Lee and Collier counties include Lee Health System, county school districts, local city governments, Publix Supermarkets, Anthrex, ACI worldwide and ASG Technologies.
  6. Top-Rated Fort Myers & Captiva Island Beaches
    The beaches of SW Florida are among some of most beautiful and most popular in our state. Fort Myers Beach, lined with its waterfront restaurants and open-air bars, was recently ranked the as the 14th best beach in the US by TripAdvisor (2018). Sanibel, and nearby Captiva to the north, are consistently ranked among some of the best in the world for shelling. Shelling is the art of locating, observing and collecting sea shells. Fort Myers Beach | Sanibel Beach.
  7. SW Florida Offers Great Dining Options
    The SW Florida area offers a full array of casual outdoor eateries to elegant, five-star restaurants. There are also many new, trendy craft breweries and beer gardens to visit. These locations offer a very casual environment, are typically pet-friendly and many even offer daily live entertainment. Downtown Fort Myers, Cape Coral (near the bridge), Fort Myers Beach and downtown Naples are some of these trendy places to check out!
  8. Fort Myers & Naples Have Endless Events to Check Out
    SW Florida offers its residents an active scene of year-round events, great musical performances and outdoor festivals to check out. In addition, there are also many popular community events that take place each year including Artfest Fort Myers, The Southwest Florida Music Festival, Crafts on the River, The Craft Beer & Music Festival, The Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest, The Naples National Art Festival, Baconfest Naples, The Everglades Seafood Festival and many more!
  9. SW Florida Offers Top-Rated Healthcare
    When moving to SW Florida, it's important to know that you have quality healthcare available to you for both emergency and preventative care. The top-rated hospitals in Lee and Collier Counties respectively are NCH Healthcare System and Lee Memorial Hospital. Both were ranked in 2016 as best hospitals in the state of Florida. View U.S. News & World Report Rankings
  10. Fort Myers is a Great Small City to Start a Business
    With a growing population, Fort Myers makes a great small city to start a new business. In 2018, WalletHub ranked Fort Myers as the #10 Best small city in the US (out of 1,200 small-sized cities) to start a business based upon 18 important factors including average growth, number of small businesses already in the area, investor access as well as the cost of local labor.

Jenna Scharf


Your Fort Myers & Naples Relocation Expert


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The Fort Myers & Naples Market in 2022

Market outlook, trends and relocation advice by Jenna Scharf.

We have a big demand for housing here in the Fort Myers/Naples area. Many people are fleeing the Midwest, New York, and New Jersey for better weather and lifestyle! Our housing inventory remains at an all-time low of roughly a one month's supply. In a healthy, normal market, we would have about a six months' supply. Unfortunately, the low inventory is not something that can or will be resolved quickly and may take several years to normalize. As such, there's no sign of a drastic market change anytime soon.

In conjunction with the already high housing prices, rising interest rates are now simply making it unaffordable for many buyers and we are observing where many are simply just pulling out of the market. With SW Florida home prices achieving all-time highs, we're now seeing where buyers that CAN buy, WON'T buy, as they simply can't justify the current prices. I truly think we've hit our peak in the first half of 2022.

My Outlook for the 2nd Half of 2022

There's nothing indicating that SW Florida home prices will drop significantly any time soon. However, we are starting to notice more decreases in listing prices as of late. In fact, Cape Coral tops the list for Florida with the highest percentage of price decreases in April 2022 at 32.5% (vs. 18.5% in April 2021). This is a great sign! With higher interest rates and some buyers now pulling out of the market, homes will start to sit on the market a little longer. Inventory will eventually start to grow, and prices will slowly start to drop. It won't be significant, but it's a great sign of the change to come!

Market Trends I'm Observing

Over the past couple of months, I've noticed many more financed offers getting accepted. My listings have also had fewer cash buyers mixed into the competition. This is a great sign overall for younger buyers and families that have had a hard time competing against the all-cash offer. Another positive sign of a shifting market!

My Relocation Advice

The biggest piece of advice that I can give buyers is if you're thinking of buying, don't wait! If you're financing, be pre-approved and ready to go. Know how much money you'll need to put down and talk to your agent about strategic ways to make your offer more appealing to sellers. Even with interest rates rising, they are still historically low by comparison. It's still a great time to buy and to achieve your goal of home ownership!

Fort Myers & Naples Relocation Reviews:

Read what Jenna's past clients are saying.

  • "Jenna was fantastic in our search for the perfect home. We were shopping from our home in NJ and she cleared her weekend and had several listing lined up for us to look at once we got to Florida. She was flexible and we revised our search as the weekend progressed - she was able to line up new properties for us to view. At the end of the weekend we found our perfect home."
    Scot E.
    Home Buyer
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  • "Jenna was great as she spent an entire weekend helping us find a home. We flew down from Wisconsin and by the end of our 3 days together Jenna helped us buy a home. Through the whole process with us in Wisconsin, Jenna was our eyes and ears made our purchase as stress free as she could us being 1500 miles away. She was great im so glad we got to work with such a great young lady. Thanks Jenna!"
    Bob B.
    Home Buyer
  • "My wife and I would highly recommend Jenna Scharf. We were searching for a winter home in Fort Myers and we were several states away. When we narrowed our search, we flew down and Jenna took us to several homes. She was amazing and incredible crafting our offer and making it happen fast. We could not have done this without her!"
    Past Client
    Home Buyer

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SW Florida Area Map

Your Guide to Understanding the Greater Fort Myers Area

The following map displays the popular regions of Fort Myers that people are relocating to. Further down this page, the top residential communities and neighborhoods are listed, as well as SW Florida's popular beaches and local airport. When you connect with Jenna Scharf, our Fort Myers relocation expert listed on this page, she can show you the best housing opportunities matching your lifestyle preference, needs and overall budget.

Your Guide to Fort Myers Real Estate, Beaches, Local Attractions & Area Employers

Fort Myers Real Estate

Below are the top communities of the greater Fort Myers area that people are moving to. Many offer boating access, golf and country club amenities.

Babcock Ranch
The Top Master-Planned Community in Fort Myers

Babcock Ranch, located east of I-75 in northeast Fort Myers, is a top-selling community in the state of Florida. Discover Babcock Ranch

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Top Communities in Fort Myers

  • Cascades at River Hall
  • Crown Colony Golf & Country Club
  • Reflection Lakes
  • Seven Lakes
  • Gulf Harbor Yacht & County Club
  • Sanibel View

Top Communities East of I-75 (Gateway Area)

  • Pelican Preserve
  • Botanica Lakes
  • Colonial Country Club
  • The Forum

Top Communities in Lehigh Acres

  • Country Club
  • Majestic Golf & Country Club
  • Town Lakes
  • Westminster Golf & Country Club

Top Communities in Estero

  • Wild Blue
  • Belle Lago
  • Shadow Wood Country Club
  • Pelican Sound

Top Communities in Bonita Springs

  • Audubon Country Club
  • Bonita Bay
  • Pelican Landing
  • Mediterra
  • Highland Woods Country Club
  • Cedar Creek

Top Communities in Fort Myers Beach

  • Siesta Isles
  • Palm Isles
  • Medallion Tides
  • Island Shores

Top Communities in Cape Coral

  • Emerald Cove
  • Tarpon Gardens
  • Palaco Grande
  • Belle Vida
  • Cape Royal
  • Savona

Top Beaches in Ft Myers

SW Florida is home to many top-rated beach in the state including the following.

  • Sanibel Beach
  • Bowman's Beach
  • Captiva Beach
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Naples Beach

Popular Fort Myers Area Attractions

Fort Myers Shopping

The Fort Myers area has many brand name retail and specialty stores at popular, local shopping destinations including the following.

Fort Myers Dining

The Fort Myers area has many great casual and fine dining restaurants to enjoy out around the downtown River District and Fort Myers Beach including the following.

Fort Myers Relocation Reviews

"Jenna was great as she spent an entire weekend helping us find a home. We flew down from Wisconsin and by the end of our 3 days together Jenna helped us buy a home. Through the whole process with us in Wisconsin, Jenna was our eyes and ears made our purchase as stress free as she could us being 1500 miles away. She was great im so glad we got to work with such a great young lady. Thanks Jenna!"
"My wife and I would highly recommend Jenna Scharf. We were searching for a winter home in Fort Myers and we were several states away. When we narrowed our search, we flew down and Jenna took us to several homes. She was amazing and incredible crafting our offer and making it happen fast. We could not have done this without her!"

View all Fort Myers Relocation Reviews

Fort Myers & Naples Employers

The Fort Myers area is home to many top companies in Lee County, and several are headquartered in the region. Also included are the largest companies in Lee and Collier County (to the south).

Top Medical Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • Arthrex
  • NCH Healthcare System
  • Lee Health System

Top Healthcare Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • Shell Point Retirement Cmty
  • Vi at Bentley Village
  • HOPE Hospice Healthcare

Top Hospitality Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • Ritz-Carlton Naples
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Naples Grande Beach Resort

Top Business Solution Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • Gartner, Inc.
  • Source Interlink Companies
  • Alorica, Inc.
  • LYNX Services

Top Technology Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • IT Vantage
  • Comcast
  • CenturyLink

Top Manufacturing Companies in Fort Myers & Naples

  • Shaw Development LLC
  • Raymond Building Supply
  • D&D Machine & Hydraulics, Inc.
  • TSO Products

Largest Companies in Lee County

  • Lee County School District
  • Lee County Administration
  • Lee Health System
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Chico's FAS, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart
  • Lee County Sheriff's Office
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • City of Fort Myers
  • Lee County Public Safety
  • Shell Point Retirement Comm.
  • Hope HealthCare Services
  • Target
  • Comcast

Largest Companies in Collier County

  • NCH Healthcare System
  • Collier County Public Schools
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Arthrex Inc.
  • Comcast
  • Ritz-Carlton Naples
  • Garquilo Produce
  • Collier County Sheriff's Office
  • City of Fort Myers
  • Hope HealthCare Services
  • City of Naples
  • Marriott
  • Bentley Village
  • Naples Grande Beach Resort
  • Wal-Mart Stores