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Overview

Introduction to Fort Myers

Fort Myers is situated at the convergence of the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Myers is located in Lee County. It's the center of government as well as the commercial center for the county. It's recognized as the gateway to the popular tourist area located in the Southwest portion of the state of Florida, including Sanibel Island. Fort Myers was founded in 1886.

The Ft. Myers area is well known for its beautiful beaches as well as numerous resort hotels. Plenty of shopping opportunities are located on the Tamiami Trail. The coastline provides excellent opportunities for fishing. The Ft. Myers area includes a vast amount of quality golf courses that are ideal for vacationing golf enthusiasts.

History

Fort Myers was constructed as a military fort. It was utilized to prevent the Seminole Indians from continuing to kill the settlers in the region. The fort was given its name as a tribute to Col. Abraham C. Myers who was stationed in the state of Florida and was the son-in-law of the commander of the fort. In 1858 the Indians surrendered and vacated the area which allowed the soldiers to abandon the fort. However, federal soldiers took advantage of the existence of the fort and they occupied it during the Civil War. When the Civil War ended, the fort was abandoned. In 1882, the population significantly increased by the arrival of a vast amount of settlers. The city experienced another population surge in 1924 due to the construction of the Tamiami Trail Bridge which crosses the Caloosahatchee River.

Colleges

Florida Gulf Coast University is a part of the State University System of Florida. The university features the following colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Professional Studies, Lutgert College of Business and the College of Health Professions. The university's classrooms feature state-of-the-art multimedia instructional systems. Other colleges in the Ft. Myers area include:

  • Edison College.
  • Hodges University.
  • Nova Southwestern University.
  • Southwest Florida College.

Getting There

Fort Myers can be reached by air flights to the Southwest Florida International Airport.

Attractions

  • Sanibel Lighthouse.
  • Boston Red Sox spring training.
  • The Minnesota Twins spring training.
  • Numerous quality golf courses.
  • The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.
  • Seminole Lodge, formerly the winter home of Thomas Edison.
  • The Mangoes, formerly the winter home of Henry Ford.

People

Total Population 68,472
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 26,541
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $25,887
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,725
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,160

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,428
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $824
Median House Value $146,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 7.7%

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

Fort Myers Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Lee
Metro Area Fort Myers - Cape Coral
Standard Zip Codes 33901, 33903, 33905, 33907, 33908, 33912, 33913, 33916, 33917, 33919
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33902, 33906, 33911, 33918, 33994
Company Zip Codes 33965
Phone Area Codes 239
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.64
Longitude -81.872

Fort Myers 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 4 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 29.7 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
Station ARCADIA
Distance 39.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Miromar Lakes (33913)

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
Cape Coral 165,843 $55,103
Fort Myers Beach 6,668 $73,851
North Fort Myers 40,560 $51,307
Punta Gorda 17,288 $72,627
Sanibel 6,899 $126,917

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

Fort Myers Public Libraries

Library
Lee County Library System
2345 UNION STREET
Fort Myers, Florida
(239) 461-2900

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Fort Myers Hospitals

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
2727 WINKLER AVENUE
(239) 939-1147
Emergency Service: Yes

LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
2776 CLEVELAND AVE
(813) 332-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

GULF COAST HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
13681 DOCTORS WAY
(239) 768-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Myers High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL
2635 CORTEZ BOULEVARD
239-334-2167
Serves 2,098 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
6750 PANTHER LANE
239-481-2233
Serves 2,024 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
2600 BUCKINGHAM ROAD
239-694-4141
Serves 1,941 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL
3800 E EDISON AVENUE
239-461-5322
Serves 1,249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

TANGLEWOOD ELEM/RIVERSIDE ESE
1620 MANCHESTER BOULEVARD
239-936-0891
A Title I School.
Serves 706 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

NEW DIRECTIONS CENTER
3650 MICHIGAN AVENUE
239-334-3416
Serves 365 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

LEE ADOLESCENT MOTHER'S PROG.
3650 MICHIGAN AVENUE
239-332-2526
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

LEE CO. ALT. LEARNING CENTER/H.S.
3650 MICHIGAN AVENUE
239-334-4726
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

ROYAL PALM EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL CENTER
3050 INDIAN STREET
239-337-3511
A Special Education School
Serves 178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

LEE CO. ALT. LEARNING CENTER/M.S.
3650-4 MICHIGAN AVENUE
239-334-6200
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

LEE COUNTY HIGH TECHNICAL CENTER CNTRAIL
3800 MICHIGAN AVENUE
239-334-4544
A Vocational School
Serves 128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.1

FORT MYERS HIGH EDISON CENTER
2645 CORTEZ BOULEVARD
239-334-2713
A Special Education School
Serves 122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

RICHARD MILBURN ACADEMY
3830 EVANS AVENUE
239-278-4774
A Charter School.
Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

CO-WIDE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD PROGRAMS
2523 MARKET STREET
239-337-8280
A Special Education School
Serves 105 students.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA JUVENILE DET CENTER
2266 SECOND STREET
239-337-8113
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

BUCKINGHAM EXCEP. STUDENT CENTER
3291 BUCKINGHAM ROAD
239-693-1233
A Special Education School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

LEE COUNTY JAIL
2266 SECOND STREET
239-337-8113
Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MARINE INSTITUTE
2266 SECOND STREET
239-337-8113
Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

PRICE HALFWAY HOUSE
2266 SECOND STREET
239-337-8113
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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