North Fort Myers, Florida

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North Fort Myers, Florida

Introduction to North Fort Myers, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee county, is 8 miles NE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 95 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The town is conveniently located inside the Fort Myers - Cape Coral metropolitan area. There are an estimated 40,214 people in North Fort Myers.

North Fort Myers History

North Fort Myers, named in honor of Colonel Abraham C. Myers, was one of the first operation bases during the Seminole Indian Wars. It was built along the Caloosahatchee River, and by 1885 it was the second largest town on Florida's Gulf Coast. 1914 saw the opening of the first Ford Car Dealership in Fort Myers. By 1920, the Tamiami Trail was built to link Fort Myers to Tampa and Miami. However, there were 2 devastating hurricanes in 1921 and 1926 that greatly detracted from the progress of North Fort Myers. Fort Myers is also famous as the hometown of inventing genius Thomas Alva Edison.

North Fort Myers and nearby Attractions

  • Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fort Myers Historical Museum
  • Pine Island Shopping Center
  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates
  • Imaginarium Hands-On Museum
  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Things To Do In North Fort Myers

North Fort Myers offers visitors the rare opportunity of stepping back in time by taking a tour of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford's winter estates. It is a historic home with a museum, laboratory and gardens. Visitors can find out about the early settlers of Southwest Florida, the Calusa, Paleo and Seminole Indians, and go through an extensive artifact collection at the Fort Myers Historical Museum. The Imaginarium has interactive and educational exhibits of animals, marine life, puppet theatre, a touch pool, and a hurricane simulator. It is the ideal place to take the kids. The Captiva Beach is perfect for nature lovers, and is also a romantic getaway.

North Fort Myers Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Southwest Florida International Airport.

North Fort Myers Higher Education

Edison Community College is the local college.

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Comparative Profile of North Fort Myers, Florida

Comparing North Fort Myers 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 10
Female Share of the Population 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Male Share of the Population 3 5
Racial Diversity 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 6
Median Family Income 2 5
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Short Commute Times 5 5
Public Transportation Use 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 5
People Living Alone 8 6
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3

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North Fort Myers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Lee
Metro Area Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Standard Zip Codes 33903, 33917
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33918
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.666
Longitude -81.88

North Fort Myers Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.8 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 30.9 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 38 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
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North Fort Myers Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 40,214 100%
Male 19,136 47.6%
Female 21,078 52.4%
Under 18 5,200 12.9%
18+ 35,014 87.1%
65+ 17,100 42.5%
Median Age 60.2
Average Family Size 2.47
White 38,804 96.5%
African-American 375 0.9%
Asian 194 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 136 0.3%
Other 324 0.8%
Mixed Race 359 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,166 2.9%

North Fort Myers 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 19.2%
English 13.8%
US/American 12.9%
Irish 11.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
Italian 6.7%
Polish 3.4%
French (except Basque) 3.4%
Scottish 2.8%
Dutch 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
French Canadian 1.8%
Swedish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.1%
Hungarian 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Portuguese 0.6%
British 0.5%
European 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
North Fort Myers 40,214 $39,907
Cape Coral 102,286 $47,503
Fort Myers 48,208 $32,477
Fort Myers Beach 6,561 $62,000
Punta Gorda 14,344 $54,879
Sanibel 6,064 $92,455
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Serves 2,221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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