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. 

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

Florida Gulf Coast University provides college education opportunities.


Total Population 17,148
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 49.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,524
Age of the Population 65


% of people married 66%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $84,354
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 16.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,491
Median House Value $475,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.8%
Irish 19.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Naples 20,603 $117,646

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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