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Overview

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.

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 two 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.

People

Total Population 40,560
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 47%
Employed Population 16+ 11,781
Age of the Population 63

Families

% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $24,514
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,254
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,586

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,307
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $69,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0%
English 11.7%
Irish 12.6%

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

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

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 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
Station IMMOKALEE 3 NNW
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
Station ARCADIA
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape Coral 165,843 $55,103
Fort Myers 68,472 $49,428
Fort Myers Beach 6,668 $73,851
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/.

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5000 ORANGE GROVE BOULEVA
239-995-2117
Serves 2,221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

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