Bonita Springs, Florida

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Bonita Springs, Florida

Introduction to Bonita Springs, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida is 18 miles SE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 106 miles W of Miami, Florida. It's situated along the Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Lee county. The Imperial River runs through the downtown area. The city has a tropical climate and the ambiance of a charming beach town. Bonita Springs includes upscale communities.

Bonita Springs History

In the 1870's surveyors working for the United States Government explored the Southwest Florida region. After the workers left the region it was given the name "Survey." During the next few years only a small group of people settled in the Survey area. During the late 1800's huge plantations were established to grow pineapples, bananas and a variety of tropical fruits.

In 1912 a man from Tennessee made plans to expand the town of Survey. He decided the name Survey would not entice people to move to the area and the name was changed to Bonita Springs. It was named after the local medicinal spring.

Bonita Springs Attractions

The Promenade offers unique shops and a variety of restaurants. The Florida Everblades team is popular with hockey enthusiasts. The Germain Arena hosts various types of entertainment including popular concerts. Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.

Bonita Springs Activities

The Gulf of Mexico is known for its beautiful beaches. Bonita Beach Park includes a boardwalk and a swimming area. Barefoot Beach Preserve Park is one of the remaining undeveloped barrier islands situated on the southwest coast of Florida. Little Hickory Island Beach Park is popular with residents and tourists. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary includes a large pristine wetlands area and offers nature tours to see manatee, turtles, a variety of birds, including white wood storks. Lover's Key State Park is a vast acreage consisting of four barrier islands.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens includes a wide variety of wildlife including exotic birds, panthers and bears. Estero Bay is a great place for fishing. The city features freshwater lakes which provide excellent fishing opportunities. The city offers some great golf courses such as Bonita Fairways, Highlands, Golf & Country Club, Spring Run Golf Club and Bonita Springs Golf Club. Delnor-Wiggins Pass, Caloosahatchee River, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve and Cayo Costa state parks are popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Bonita Springs Transportation

Southwest Florida International Airport is close by.

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Comparative Profile of Bonita Springs, Florida

Comparing Bonita Springs to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 3 6
Racial Diversity 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
College Educated Adults 6 7
Median Family Income 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Short Commute Times 6 7
Public Transportation Use 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3

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Bonita Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles W of Miami, Florida
County Lee
Metro Area Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Standard Zip Codes 34134, 34135
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34133, 34136
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.339
Longitude -81.778

Bonita Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station NAPLES
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 75 F
Apr Temp 62 to 83 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 68 to 87 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 75 F
Apr Temp 63 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 86 F
Annual Precip 50 inches
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Bonita Springs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 32,797 100%
Male 16,764 51.1%
Female 16,033 48.9%
Under 18 4,554 13.9%
18+ 28,243 86.1%
65+ 10,392 31.7%
Median Age 54.1
Average Family Size 2.54
White 29,356 89.5%
African-American 118 0.4%
Asian 123 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 84 0.3%
Other 2,582 7.9%
Mixed Race 506 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,615 17.1%

Estimated Bonita Springs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 37,992
Growth 5,195
Growth % 15.8%

Bonita Springs Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.3%
German 17.7%
English 12.1%
Irish 10.6%
US/American 7.4%
Italian 5.8%
Polish 3.2%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Scottish 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Swedish 1.7%
Dutch 1.7%
French Canadian 1.6%
Norwegian 1.1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bonita Springs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barefoot Beach (34134)
Bonita Beach (34134)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bonita Springs 32,797 $53,436
Cape Coral 102,286 $47,503
Fort Myers 48,208 $32,477
Fort Myers Beach 6,561 $62,000
Naples 20,976 $83,831
North Fort Myers 40,214 $39,907
Sanibel 6,064 $92,455

Starbucks in Bonita Springs

(As of 2005)
Promenade at Bonita Bay
26851 South Bay Drive
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