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Overview

Introduction to Naples, Florida

Naples is located in Collier County and has a tourist based economy. Naples along with the Everglades and Marco Island are known as the Paradise Coast. Several large land reserves are nearby. The local beach is considered to be one of the top beaches in the country. The town is well known for its large number of Fortune 500 CEO's residents.

History

The area was inhabited by the Caloosa Indians. Roger Gordon and Joe Wiggins are recognized as the first settlers in the region. They arrived during the late 1860's. The Naples area was bought by a group of prosperous citizens from Kentucky led by Walter N. Haldeman in the late 1880's. The town soon became a very popular winter resort. The name of the city is due to promoters of the area claiming the bay was superior to the bay in Naples, Italy.

In 1911, Barron G. Collier arrived at Useppa Island and purchased more than a million acres of swampland which included the vast majority of Naples. He believed the area could enjoy the type of boom that had occurred on the east coast of Florida. To achieve his goal, roads and a railroad needed to be constructed in the area. With the help of a large contribution by Collier, the Tamiami Trail was built and was opened in 1926. The highway connected Tampa and Miami.

Transportation

The city is home to the Naples Municipal Airport. The Southwest Florida International Airport also serves the area.

Attractions

  • Corkscrew Swamps Sanctuary.
  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Everglades National Park.
  • Picayune Strand State Forest.
  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a prestigious zoo.
  • Gallery Row offers numerous art galleries.
  • The Village on Venetian Bay is an upscale shopping area.
  • The Tin City shopping area is home to numerous sellers of antiques and novelty items made in the region.
  • The Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
  • The Naples Players.
  • The Naples Botanical Garden.
  • Naples Pier.
  • The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
  • 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South Shopping districts are well known.

Activities

The beautiful beach situated on the Gulf of Mexico is very popular with tourists. Over 80 championship golf courses are located in the region. The Minnesota Twins as well as the Boston Red Sox have their spring training facilities close to Naples. Everglade excursions take visitors into the backcountry and provide opportunities to see some of the thousands of Everglade Islands. Fishing, boating and beach parties are very popular activities. The city is considered to be one of the prominent regions in the Southeast portion of the country for performing arts.

People

Total Population 20,603
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 50.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,280
Age of the Population 65

Families

% of people married 61.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53%
Median Earnings25+ $46,162
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,661
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,009

Wealth

Median Family Income $117,646
% Above Poverty Level 91.2%
% Below Poverty Level 8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 16.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $1,107
Median House Value $726,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 15.8%
Irish 14.2%

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

Naples Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles W of Miami, Florida
County Collier
Metro Area Naples
Standard Zip Codes 34102, 34103, 34104, 34105, 34108, 34109, 34110, 34112, 34113, 34114, 34116, 34117, 34119, 34120
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34101, 34106, 34107
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.141
Longitude -81.795

Naples 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 NAPLES
Distance 1.9 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 FORT MYERS (PAGE AP)
Distance 30.9 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 IMMOKALEE 3 NNW
Distance 31.8 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, Naples, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Coco River (34108)

Vanderbilt (34107)

Vanderbilt Beach (34107)

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 47,915 $66,186
Fort Myers Beach 6,668 $73,851
Marco Island 17,148 $84,354

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

Naples Public Libraries

Library
Collier County Public Library
2385 ORANGE BLOSSOM DRIVE
Naples, Florida
(941) 593-3511
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Naples Hospitals

NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
350 7TH ST N
(239) 436-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

PHYSICIANS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
6101 PINE RIDGE ROAD
(239) 348-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Naples High Schools

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GULF COAST HIGH SCHOOL
7878 IMMOKALEE ROAD
239-593-2600
Serves 2,970 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

LELY HIGH SCHOOL
1 LELY HIGH SCHOOL BOULEV
239-417-4500
Serves 2,295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL
1100 GOLDEN EAGLE CIRCLE
239-430-6644
Serves 2,182 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL
5600 COUGAR DRIVE
239-593-2797
Serves 2,162 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

NAPLES TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY
3702 ESTEY AVENUE
239-430-6922
Serves 162 students.

NAPLES AREA TEENAGE PARENTING
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
Serves 92 students.

IMMOKALEE TEEN PARENTING PROG
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.3

THE PHOENIX PROGRAM
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
A Non-traditional School
Serves 68 students.

BIG CYPRESS WILDERNESS INSTITUTE
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

NEW BEGINNINGS ALTERNATIVE
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.

THE PACE PROGRAM
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

D.R.I.L.L. CAMP
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
Serves 29 students.

THE DETENTION CENTER
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
Serves 26 students.

SUNSHINE SCHOOL
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
A Special Education School
Serves 20 students.

RENAISSANCE PROGRAM
5720 COUGAR LANE
239-593-2664
A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.

HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND
5775 OSCEOLA TRAIL
239-436-6465
A Special Education School
Serves 2 students.

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