The Fort Myers area is one of the fastest growing area in the entire state. With a population of 79,973, 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.
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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.
- 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.
- Fort Myers & Naples are Top Cities to Retire In
The Fort Myers and Naples areas of SW Florida have long been popular retirement destinations on Florida's west coast. In 2021, Fort Myers and Naples were named the #2 and #4 Best Places to Retire in the entire country by US News & World Report. In 2018, Livability.com 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.
- 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.
- Fort Myers Real Estate is Affordable
Both Fort Myers and Naples have gorgeous waterfront property, master-planned residential communities 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 2020, the median home price in Ft Myers is $219,176 whereas the median home price in Naples is over 100K more at $330,922 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
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- 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.