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Thinking of Moving to Fort Myers / Naples?

Discover what living in the palm coast 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.

Overview of SW Florida

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.

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 2018, 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 79,973 (2017 data) which represents an overall 28.3% population increase. View Population Chart Comparison.
  2. 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 2018, Fort Myers was recently Named the #2 Best Place to Retire in the entire US by US News & World Report as well as the 8th Best Place to Retire in Florida by WalletHub in 2017. In 2018, Livability.com 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. US News & World Report Ranking | WalletHub Ranking
  3. 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.
  4. 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. At the end of 2018, the median home price in Ft Myers was $210,000 whereas the median home price in Naples is over 100K more at $324,300 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.
  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.

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Fort Myers & Naples Relocation Reviews:

  • "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
  • "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 various regions of the greater Fort Myers area as well as the top residential communities within each. Many of these residential communities offer boating access, golf and country club amenities.

Popular Neighborhoods in Fort Myers

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

Top Neighborhoods East of I-75 (Gateway Area)

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

Top Neighborhoods in Lehigh Acres

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

Top Neighborhoods in Estero

  • Belle Lago
  • Cascades
  • Stoneybrook
  • Shadow Wood Country Club
  • Pelican Sound
  • Grandeeza

Top Neighborhoods in Bonita Springs

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

Top Neighborhoods in Fort Myers Beach

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

Top Neighborhoods in Cape Coral

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

Top Communities on Sanibel Island

  • Sanibel Harbours
  • Sanibel Isles
  • Gulfside Place
  • Sanibel Estates

Top Communities on Captiva Island

  • Captiva Shores
  • Captiva Landings
  • South Seas
  • Captiva Village

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
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Captiva 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). View Fort Myers Jobs.

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