Fort Myers, Florida Population 2018

Fort Myers is a city located in the state of Florida. It is located in Lee County and also serves as the county seat. Fort Myers is located in the southwest region of Florida, and it is tourist hotspot for many reasons, including its beautiful beaches. The city continues to grow its population significantly from year to year, with the latest estimates showing that the population is 77,146.

Fort Myers History

During the American Indian Wars in the 1830s, the U.S. built Fort Myers as a base against the Seminole Indians. The founding of the city did not occur until after the Civil War. It was founded in 1866 by Manuel Gonzalez. Gonzalez became familiar with the area while delivering mail and supplies to the fort, and when it was later abandoned, he returned with his wife and child, along with his friend and his family.

The first trading post was established near the old fort. Goods including tobacco and gun powder were traded with the Seminole tribe. It was during this time that a community began to form, although it stayed quite small.

The late 19th century would bring about more significant growth. People that resided in the northern states were traveling to Florida during the winter months. The town had reached a total population of just 349 in 1885, the year that it was incorporated. In 1898, the Royal Palm Hotel was built, attracting tourists during the winter. The city continued to flourish as the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad offered greater access in the early 1900s. Development continued in the growing area, including the construction of the Arcade Theater in 1908.

It was during the 1920s that the Edison Botanic Research Corporation was established in Fort Myers. This facility was used by resident Thomas Alva Edison to research exotic trees and plants. Another famous resident was Henry Ford, known for Ford automobiles, who lived next door to Edison. The city’s population continued to climb with the construction of the Edison Bridge, which was opened in 1931. The next decade brought about even more growth with the addition of subdivisions.

In recent years, the city continues to grow and thrive. The homes of Edison and Ford are now open to the public and are popular tourist attractions. The city also has many restaurants, shopping centers, nightclubs, and of course beautiful beaches which bring in new residents and tourists year after year.

Fort Myers Demographics

Recent estimates show that the population of Fort Myers exceeds 77,000 people. This shows rapid growth from the last census taken in 2010, when the population was recorded as just 62,298 people. The city’s area is just under 49 square miles and the population density is over 1,939 people per square mile.

Fort Myers is a racially diverse city. Over 54% of its residents are white, over 32% are black, 20% are Hispanic or Latino, and 1.6% are Asian. The largest age group is those 35 to 54, making up almost one-quarter of the total population. Eighteen percent of residents are at least 65 years old, while over 20% are under the age of 18. Over 16% of the residents were born outside of the United States.

The city’s economy is centered on the retail, healthcare and accommodation industries. Over 80% of adults in the city have graduated from high school, while nearly one-quarter have a college education.

Fort Myers Population Growth

Fort Myers has seen incredible growth to its population throughout its history. A population of just 575 people at the time of the 1890 census bounced to over 2,400 residents in 1910. By the 1940 census, the city had over 10,000 residents, more than doubling this number in 1960. Recent estimates show that the city is still on the upward trajectory, with population growth of almost 24% since the 2010 census. With these growth rates, the city is well on its way to reaching 100,000 residents in the near future.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201779,9433,2024.17%
201676,7413,1964.35%
201573,5452,9984.25%
201470,5472,6863.96%
201367,8612,3203.54%
201265,5411,7212.70%
201163,8201,3142.10%
201062,50614,2982.63%
200048,2083,0020.65%
199045,2068,5682.12%
198036,6389,2872.97%
197027,3514,8281.96%
196022,5239,3285.49%
195013,1952,5912.21%
194010,6041,5221.56%
19309,0825,4049.46%
19203,6783,0789.49%
19006000.00%

Fort Myers Population in 2018Source: By Ebyabe [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White47,084
Black or African American19,291
Some Other Race4,154
Asian1,738
Two or More Races1,304
American Indian and Alaska Native77
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander64

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Fort Myers Population Pyramid 2018

5001,0001,5002,0002,5003,0003,500 Male Population5001,0001,5002,0002,5003,0003,500 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Myers Median Age

39.2


Total

37.5


Male

40.5


Female

Fort Myers Adults

There are 58,568 adults, (14,030 of whom are seniors) in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Age Dependency

65.5

Age Dependency Ratio

31.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Myers Sex Ratio

Female

37,130

50.37%

Male

36,582

49.63%

Fort Myers Households and Families

Fort Myers Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Fort Myers Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.5%30.5%
All46.7%53.3%
Male35.8%64.2%
Non Family34.8%65.2%
Female25.7%74.3%

46.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Myers Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All27,3132.5346.7
Non Family11,6871.2934.8
Married10,3963.0569.5
Female4,0604.1725.7
Male1,1704.5635.8

3.34

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Myers Households

Fort Myers Education

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,8089.22%
9th to 12th Grade5,28610.14%
High School Graduate13,98526.83%
Some College9,78118.76%
Associates Degree4,1477.96%
Bachelors Degree8,79516.87%
Graduate Degree5,32810.22%

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White28,51126,58010,632
Black11,7518,3491,474
Hispanic10,1425,6561,283
Other Race2,3011,071239
Asian1,2531,094564
Multiple Races58146193
Native American775929
Islander644242

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 65.63%.

Fort Myers Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,440$31,842$25,830
Less Than High School$17,613$20,116$15,420
High School Grad$24,740$26,977$21,002
Some College$28,009$32,899$24,651
Bachelors Degree$43,020$50,556$39,709
Graduate Degree$54,307$63,150$51,465

$28,440

Average Earnings

$31,842

Average Male

$25,830

Average Female

Fort Myers Language

Fort Myers Language by Age

Fort Myers Language

71.55% of Fort Myers residents speak only English, while 28.45% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.31% of the population.

Fort Myers Poverty

Fort Myers Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black18,1745,85932.24%
Hispanic15,9104,46728.08%
White33,2073,90111.75%
Other4,14895523.02%
Multiple1,25427521.93%
Asian1,737553.17%
Native77911.69%

20.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.15%

Male Poverty Rate

22.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Myers

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Black, with 32.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Asian, with 3.17% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.92%.

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.94%
High School19.67%
Some College14.29%
Bachelors or Greater6.15%

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed50.00%
Male Unemployed36.71%
Female Employed11.12%
Male Employed8.31%

Fort Myers Income

Fort Myers Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,591$64,325
Families$53,255$79,577
Married Families$68,258$
Non Families$28,690$42,180

Fort Myers Marital Status

Fort Myers Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Myers Married by Age and Sex

Fort Myers Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Fort Myers Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Fort Myers Veterans

Fort Myers Veterans by War

4,346

Number of Veterans

3,820

Male Veterans

526

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,490
First Gulf War693
Second Gulf War683
Korea343
World War II221

Fort Myers Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 741,244
75+1,061
35 to 54926
55 to 64682
18 to 34433

Fort Myers Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,5599.00%
Black6524.73%
Hispanic2221.84%
Other501.63%
2 or More233.36%
Indian2329.87%
Hawaiian2234.38%
Asian171.24%

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

9.69%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.28%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Myers Employment Status

Fort Myers Employment by Age

55.6%

Labor Force Participation

51.5%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Myers Employment by Race

Fort Myers Employment by Education

Fort Myers Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

35.45%

Born in Florida

81.23%

Native Born

18.77%

Foreign Born

11.93%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.23% of Fort Myers residents were born in the United States, with 35.45% having been born in Florida. 11.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.