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Overview

Introduction to Cape Coral, Florida

First incorporated as a city in 1970, Cape Coral is located on the Florida's south/central Gulf coast in Lee County. Cape Coral is twenty minutes southwest of Fort Myers, and twenty minutes north of Fort Myers Beach. Cape Coral is the third largest city in Florida in physical area, behind Jacksonville and Tampa. Cape Coral is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan statistical area (MSA) which has a population in excess of half a million people.

Cape Coral was built by two land speculators, the Rosen brothers, who thought that Cape Coral's location on the Gulf Coast would be attractive to home buyers. Cape Coral is built around a system of over 400 miles of canals. The city of Cape Coral lies between the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Cape Coral is conveniently located near several major highways including Interstate 75, Florida 80, Florida 739, and Florida 884.

Cape Coral consistently ranks at the top for public safety in both Florida and the United States. The Cape Coral fire department won a "Voice of the People Award" for Excellence in Fire Services from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Cape Coral Arts and Culture

As one would expect from a city located on the gulf coast with 400 miles of canals, Cape Coral provides ample access to boating, fishing, and other water sports activities. Other entertainment attractions in and around Cape Coral include:

  • The annual Aquatic Festival
  • The annual Synchronized Swim Show
  • The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
  • Over 30 parks and facilities managed by the Parks and Recreation Department including the 27,000 square foot Eagle Skate Park, Four Freedoms Park, Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, Rotary Park, Yacht Club Community Park, and more
  • The Cape Coral Art League
  • The Cape Coral Arts Studio
  • The Cape Coral Historical Museum
  • The Cultural Park Theatre
  • The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
  • Nine golf courses, many of which are public
  • Sun Splash Family Waterpark

For sports fans, nearby Fort Myers is home to Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League. The Miracle are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

People

Total Population 161,804
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 19%
Employed Population 16+ 66,935
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 52.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,723
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,281
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,278

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,796
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,061
Median House Value $146,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.7%
Irish 13.8%

Cape Coral Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 100 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Lee
Metro Area Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Standard Zip Codes 33904, 33909, 33914, 33990, 33991, 33993
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33910, 33915
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.562
Longitude -81.949

Cape Coral Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FORT MYERS (PAGE AP)
Distance 5.3 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
Station NAPLES
Distance 29.3 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
Station IMMOKALEE 3 NNW
Distance 32.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cape Coral S (33910)

Cape Coral South (33910)

Matlacha Isle (33991)

Matlacha Isles (33991)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bonita Springs 46,384 $65,676
Fort Myers 66,167 $46,423
Fort Myers Beach 6,539 $73,953
North Fort Myers 39,143 $52,156
Sanibel 6,761 $138,194

Cape Coral Hospitals

CAPE CORAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
636 DEL PRADO BLVD
(239) 574-2323
Emergency Service: Yes

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Cape Coral High Schools

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MARINER HIGH SCHOOL
701 CHIQUITA BOULEVARD N
239-772-3324
Serves 2,240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

CAPE CORAL HIGH SCHOOL
2300 SANTA BARBARA BOULEV
239-574-6766
Serves 2,215 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

GULF MIDDLE SCHOOL
1809 SW 36TH TERRACE
239-549-0606
Serves 1,306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

LEE COUNTY HIGH TECH CENTER NORTH
360 SANTA BARBARA N
239-574-4440
A Vocational School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.3

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