Marco Island, Florida

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Marco Island, Florida

Introduction to Marco Island, Florida

Marco Island, Florida, in Collier county, is 45 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 95 miles W of Miami, Florida. The city is included in the Naples metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,879 people lived in Marco Island.

Marco Island History

Marco Island in Florida has a very interesting history, stretching back thousands of years. It is said to have been inhabited by Calusa Indians during 4000 B.C. They became extinct by the mid-18th century. The island then remained largely deserted untill 1870, when Captain W.T. Collier and his family settled here. His son, Bill Collier, helped attract more people to the island by streamlining its clamming industry. In the 1920s, most of the island was purchased by Barron G. Collier, but he wasn’t able to develop it due to the Great Depression. In 1962, the Mackell brothers purchased and developed it into a resort island. Marco Island was incorporated in 1998.

Marco Island and nearby Attractions

  • Florida Everglades
  • Cedar Bay Yacht Club
  • Tigertail Beach
  • Cape Romano
  • Isles of Capri Marina
  • Marco Island Marina
  • Marco Island Princess
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Briggs Nature Center
  • Marco Island Trolley
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Wooten's Alligator Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wooten's Alligator Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Marco Island Trolley

Marco Island Activities

Residents and tourists have a number of fun activities to choose from. They can laze around on the beach or swim in the azure waters. They can go fishing, boating, windsurfing, shelling, or snorkeling. One can also opt for camping, hiking, sea excursions and eco-tours through the Everglades.

Marco Island Transportation

The island is served by the Marco Island airport.

Marco Island Higher Education

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High Points

Marco Island strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Marco Island Short Commute Times
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 7% Marco Island People in Middle Class or Better
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Marco Island Low Violent Crime
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 10% Marco Island Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 12% Marco Island Low Rate of Poverty
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 14% Marco Island Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Marco Island Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Marco Island Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Marco Island Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Marco Island College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Marco Island, Florida

Comparing Marco Island 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 3 2
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 10
People Above Poverty 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Short Commute Times 8 10
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
People Living Alone 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 8 9

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Marco Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles W of Miami, Florida
County Collier
Metro Area Naples
Standard Zip Codes 34145
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34146
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.94
Longitude -81.71

Marco Island 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 16.3 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
Distance 40.3 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
Distance 42.6 miles
Jan Temp 57 to 77 F
Apr Temp 61 to 86 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 71 to 87 F
Annual Precip 58.8 inches
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Marco Island Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 14,879 100%
Male 7,309 49.1%
Female 7,570 50.9%
Under 18 1,626 10.9%
18+ 13,253 89.1%
65+ 5,715 38.4%
Median Age 60.1
Average Family Size 2.38
White 14,594 98.1%
African-American 35 0.2%
Asian 86 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.2%
Other 73 0.5%
Mixed Race 63 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 608 4.1%

Marco Island 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
German 18.7%
Irish 15.3%
Italian 13.4%
English 11.9%
US/American 5.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.1%
Polish 4.2%
Swedish 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Scottish 2.2%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Norwegian 1.6%
Dutch 1.4%
Russian 1.3%
French Canadian 0.9%
European 0.9%
Finnish 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Palestinian 0.4%
Armenian 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Marco Island 14,879 $68,979
Naples 20,976 $83,831

Starbucks in Marco Island

(As of 2005)
Collier Blvd & Elkcam Circle
740 N Collier Blvd
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3. Brewster, Massachusetts 88.6   24.8% 26.2% 40.6% 22 $57,174 3.5% 2.8% 10,094 3.7% 11.3 40.3% 0.8
4. Elm Grove, Wisconsin 83.6   24.5% 22.5% 65.1% 18 $108,209 5.1% 2.9% 6,249 3% 15.2 1.1% 0.2
5. Ladue, Missouri 81.9   22.6% 22.8% 71.8% 19 $179,328 4.6% 3.2% 8,645 2.1% 18.6 1% 1.4
6. Linwood, New Jersey 79.8   22.6% 18.8% 37.9% 23 $71,415 5.2% 4.8% 7,172 3.9% 13.4 1.4% 0.8
7. Winslow, Maine 77.6   26.9% 18% 19.9% 23 $46,725 4.9% 2% 7,743 7% 23.6 4.4% 0.7
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