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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population71,051
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+27,900
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married39.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25%
Median Earnings25+$26,354
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,218
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,131

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,643
% Above Poverty Level77.4%
% Below Poverty Level22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone35.4%
Median Gross Rent$851
Median House Value$160,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41.9%
German9.2%
Irish8%
West Indian6.3%
English6.2%
Haitian5%
Italian4.8%
Polish2.9%
French Except Basque2.4%
Scottish1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Jamaican1%
Welsh0.8%
Brazilian0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
African0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Serbian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.1%
British0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Fort Myers Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lee County
Standard Zip Codes33901, 33907, 33908, 33912, 33916, 33919, 33966, 33967, 33905, 33913, 33903, 33917, 33993
P.O. Box Zip Codes33902, 33906, 33911, 33994, 33918
Company Zip Codes33965
Phone Area Codes239
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.62
Approximate Longitude-81.88

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)

StationFORT MYERS (PAGE AP)
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp55 to 75 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 92 F
Oct Temp69 to 86 F
Annual Precip54.1 inches
StationIMMOKALEE 3 NNW
Distance29.7 miles
Jan Temp50 to 75 F
Apr Temp58 to 84 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp66 to 86 F
Annual Precip50 inches
StationARCADIA
Distance39.9 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp57 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 85 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bonita Springs49,807$69,446
Cape Coral170,063$57,381
Fort Myers Beach6,801$73,895
North Fort Myers40,642$53,293
Punta Gorda17,721$74,286
Sanibel7,044$122,471

Fort Myers Public Libraries

Lee County Library System
2345 UNION STREET
Fort Myers, Florida
(239) 533-4800

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Fort Myers Hospitals

Healthpark Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
9981 Healthpark Cir
(239) 343-5000
Lee Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
2776 Cleveland Ave
(239) 332-1111
Park Royal Hospital
(Proprietary)
9241 Park Royal Dr
(239) 985-2700
Gulf Coast Medical Center Lee Memorial H
(Government - District/authority)
13681 Doctors Way
(239) 343-1000

Fort Myers Public Schools

Allen Park Elementary School
3345 Canelo Dr
ZIP: 33901
(239) 936-1459
Primary
Total Enrollment 941
Edison Park Creative And Expressive Arts School
2401 Euclid Ave
ZIP: 33901
(239) 334-6232
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Fort Myers High School
2635 Cortez Blvd
ZIP: 33901
(239) 334-2167
High
Total Enrollment 1921
Fort Myers Middle Academy
3050 Central Ave
ZIP: 33901
(239) 936-1759
Middle
Total Enrollment 446
Lee County Jail
2266 2nd St
ZIP: 33901
(239) 337-8113
High
Total Enrollment 14
Orangewood Elementary School
4001 Deleon St
ZIP: 33901
(239) 936-2950
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Pivot Charter School
2675 Winkler Ave Ste 200
ZIP: 33901
(239) 243-8266
Other
Total Enrollment 156
Price Halfway House
2515 Ortiz Ave
ZIP: 33901
(239) 332-6934
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Buckingham Exceptional Student Center
3291 Buckingham Rd
ZIP: 33905
(239) 693-1233
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Goodwill Life Academy
5100 Tice St Ste D, Ste D
ZIP: 33905
(239) 334-4434
Other
Total Enrollment 51
James Stephens International Academy
1333 Marsh Ave
ZIP: 33905
(239) 337-1333
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Manatee Elementary School
5301 Tice St
ZIP: 33905
(239) 694-2097
Primary
Total Enrollment 863
Oak Hammock Middle School
5321 Tice St
ZIP: 33905
(239) 693-0469
Middle
Total Enrollment 1183
Orange River Elementary School
4501 Underwood Dr
ZIP: 33905
(239) 694-1258
Primary
Total Enrollment 810
Riverdale High School
2600 Buckingham Rd
ZIP: 33905
(239) 694-4141
High
Total Enrollment 2044
Southwest Florida Juvenile Detention Center
2525 Ortiz Ave
ZIP: 33905
(239) 332-6927
Other
Total Enrollment 54
Southwest Florida Public Service Academy
4312 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 33905
(239) 334-3897
Other
Tice Elementary School
4524 Tice St
ZIP: 33905
(239) 694-1257
Primary
Total Enrollment 498
Villas Elementary School
8385 Beacon Blvd
ZIP: 33907
(239) 936-3776
Primary
Total Enrollment 801
Heights Elementary School
15200 Alexandria Ct
ZIP: 33908
(239) 481-1761
Primary
Total Enrollment 1172
Island Park High School
16520 S Tamiami Trail Ste 190, Ste 190
ZIP: 33908
(239) 940-3564
High
Total Enrollment 106
Lexington Middle School
16351 Summerlin Rd
ZIP: 33908
(239) 454-6130
Middle
Total Enrollment 1017
Six Mile Charter Academy
6851 Lancer Ave
ZIP: 33912
(239) 768-9375
Primary
Total Enrollment 1235
South Fort Myers High School
14020 Plantation Rd
ZIP: 33912
(239) 561-0060
High
Total Enrollment 1938
Djb Technical Academy
13830 Jetport Commerce Parkway, No. 6
ZIP: 33913
(239) 476-9100
High
Total Enrollment 146
Gateway Charter Elementary School
12850 Commonwealth Dr
ZIP: 33913
(239) 768-5048
Primary
Total Enrollment 1132
Gateway Charter High School
12770 Gateway Blvd
ZIP: 33913
(239) 768-3350
High
Total Enrollment 707
Gateway Elementary School
13280 Griffin Dr
ZIP: 33913
(239) 768-3737
Primary
Total Enrollment 734
Treeline Elementary School
10900 Treeline Ave
ZIP: 33913
(239) 768-5208
Primary
Total Enrollment 1011
Acceleration Middle Charter School
3365 Seminole Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 400-1818
Middle
Total Enrollment 143
Alternative Learning Center Central
3650 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-3416
Other
Total Enrollment 132
City Of Palms Charter High School
2830 Winkler Ave Ste 201
ZIP: 33916
(239) 561-6611
High
Total Enrollment 218
Colonial Elementary School
3800 Schoolhouse Rd E
ZIP: 33916
(239) 939-2242
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
Dunbar Community School
1857 High St
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-2941
Other
Dunbar High School
3800 E Edison Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 461-5322
High
Total Enrollment 1340
Edgewood Academy
3464 Edgewood Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-6205
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Fort Myers Institute Of Technology
3800 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-4544
High
Franklin Park Elementary School
2323 Ford St
ZIP: 33916
(239) 332-1969
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Lee Adolescent Mothers Program
3650 Michigan Ave Ste 2
ZIP: 33916
(239) 332-2526
Other
Total Enrollment 80
Lee Charter Academy
3348 Edgewood Ave
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-2235
Lee County Alc Central-high
3650 Michigan Ave Ste 3
ZIP: 33916
(239) 334-4726
Royal Palm Exceptional School Center
3050 Indian St
ZIP: 33916
(239) 337-3511
Other
Total Enrollment 120
Cypress Lake High School
6750 Panther Ln
ZIP: 33919
(239) 481-2233
High
Total Enrollment 1537
Cypress Lake Middle School
8901 Cypress Lake Dr
ZIP: 33919
(239) 481-1533
Middle
Total Enrollment 836
Tanglewood Elementary School
1620 Manchester Blvd
ZIP: 33919
(239) 936-0891
Primary
Total Enrollment 753
Adult Education
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 939-6310
Other
County Wide Exceptional Child Programs
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 337-8280
Other
Total Enrollment 103
Early Childhood Learning Services
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 332-2512
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Lee County Virtual Franchise
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 337-8178
Other
Total Enrollment 182
Lee County Virtual Instruction Program (district Provided)
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 337-8178
Primary
Total Enrollment 73
Lee Virtual Instruction (course Offerings)
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 337-8178
Other
Lee Virtual Instruction Program
2855 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 337-8178
Other
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
4750 Winkler Avenue Ext
ZIP: 33966
(239) 334-1357
Middle
Total Enrollment 909
Ray V. Pottorf Elementary School
4600 Challenger Blvd
ZIP: 33966
(239) 274-3932
Primary
Total Enrollment 687
San Carlos Park Elementary School
17282 Lee Rd
ZIP: 33967
(239) 267-7177
Primary
Total Enrollment 896
Three Oaks Elementary School
19600 Cypress View Dr
ZIP: 33967
(239) 267-8020
Primary
Total Enrollment 884
Three Oaks Middle School
18500 3 Oaks Pkwy
ZIP: 33967
(239) 267-5757
Middle
Total Enrollment 979

Fort Myers Private Schools

Father Anglim Academy At Dreams Are Free
2045 Heitman St
ZIP: 33901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
First Base Christian Academy
2601 Fowler St
ZIP: 33901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 2
St Francis Xavier School
2055 Heitman St
ZIP: 33901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 526
St Michael Lutheran School
3595 Broadway
ZIP: 33901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 332
Sonshine Christian Academy
12925 Palm Beach Blvd
ZIP: 33905
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 180
Crestwell School (crestwell Higher Learning)
1901 Park Meadows Dr
ZIP: 33907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 163
Evangelical Christian School
8237 Beacon Blvd
ZIP: 33907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 681
Ft Myers Christian School
1550 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 164
Grace Community School Of Ft Myers
1688 Medical Ln
ZIP: 33907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Hibernian Private School
1950 Clayton Ct
ZIP: 33907
Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
Montessori School Of Fort Myers
2151 Crystal Dr
ZIP: 33907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Renaissance School
37 Barkley Cir
ZIP: 33907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Summit Christian School
9065 Ligon Ct
ZIP: 33908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Apostolic Revival Center Christian School
2100 Barden St
ZIP: 33916
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Mt Hermon Christian School
2856 Douglas Ave
ZIP: 33916
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
Bishop Verot Catholic High School
5598 Sunrise Dr
ZIP: 33919
Secondary
Total Enrollment 636
Bright Beginnings Early School
8570 Cypress Lake Dr
ZIP: 33919
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Canterbury School
8141 College Pkwy
ZIP: 33919
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 558
Maimonides Hebrew Day School
5620 Winkler Rd
ZIP: 33919
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Peace By Piece Learning Center
6714 Winkler Rd
ZIP: 33919
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Noonan Elementary Academy
6401 Techster Blvd
ZIP: 33966
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Southwest Florida Christian Academy
3750 Colonial Blvd
ZIP: 33966
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 504
Southwest Florida Christian Community School
6798 Plantation Pines Blvd
ZIP: 33966
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
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