Fort Myers, Florida Population 2020

82,254

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 82,254.

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 abandoned later, 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 Population and Economy

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

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 community 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 a 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 soon.

Fort Myers Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Myers was:

  • White: 64.16%
  • Black or African American: 23.77%
  • Other race: 7.27%
  • Asian: 2.75%
  • Two or more races: 1.88%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
  • Native American: 0.05%

How Many People Live in Fort Myers, Florida?

82,254
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201882,2542,2792.85%
201779,9753,2394.22%
201676,7363,2704.45%
201573,4662,9964.25%
201470,4702,6503.91%
201367,8202,3013.51%
201265,5191,6932.65%
201163,8261,3132.10%
201062,51314,3052.63%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018754,61015,1042.00%
2017739,50617,1202.32%
2016722,38622,8563.16%
2015699,53022,1693.17%
2014677,36117,4412.57%
2013659,92015,6772.38%
2012644,24313,2122.05%
2011631,03110,5771.68%
2010620,4540.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White49,14164.16%
Black or African American18,20523.77%
Some Other Race5,5667.27%
Asian2,1042.75%
Two or More Races1,4421.88%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander930.12%
American Indian and Alaska Native400.05%

Fort Myers Population Pyramid 2020

Fort Myers Median Age

40.7


Total

39.1


Male

42.4


Female

Fort Myers Adults

There are 61,136 adults, (15,955 of whom are seniors) in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Age Dependency

69.5

Age Dependency Ratio

35.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Myers Sex Ratio

Female

39,505

51.58%

Male

37,086

48.42%

Fort Myers Households and Families

Fort Myers Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Myers Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.3%27.7%
All48.1%51.9%
Non Family36%64%
Male29.1%70.9%
Female28.6%71.4%

48.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,1112.4948.1
Non Family12,5301.336
Married10,8453.0772.3
Female4,3603.9728.6
Male1,3764.1129.1

3.3

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

7.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Myers Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,4758.16%
9th to 12th Grade5,1549.40%
High School Graduate15,08227.51%
Some College10,18118.57%
Associates Degree4,5698.34%
Bachelors Degree9,46317.26%
Graduate Degree5,89210.75%

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White30,38228,52911,604
Black11,5638,0671,253
Hispanic10,5876,6711,614
Other Race3,2901,771407
Asian1,5551,309710
Multiple Races719627152
Islander734229
Native American403124

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 60.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,221$31,825$27,033
Less Than High School$21,549$24,049$16,467
High School Grad$25,833$27,848$22,147
Some College$28,851$31,388$26,343
Bachelors Degree$42,723$50,644$40,569
Graduate Degree$52,769$54,753$51,020

$30,221

Average Earnings

$31,825

Average Male

$27,033

Average Female

Fort Myers Language

Fort Myers Language by Age

Fort Myers Language

72.01% of Fort Myers residents speak only English, while 27.99% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.33% of the population.

Fort Myers Poverty

Fort Myers Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black17,3865,19029.85%
Hispanic17,1533,67621.43%
White35,7443,61010.10%
Other5,5621,00818.12%
Multiple1,36226319.31%
Asian2,1031115.28%
Islander9399.68%
Native40922.50%

17.39%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.19%

Male Poverty Rate

19.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Myers

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Black, with 29.85% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Asian, with 5.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.87%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.45%
High School18.03%
Some College12.58%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.57%
Male Unemployed31.97%
Female Employed9.71%
Male Employed6.35%

Fort Myers Income

Fort Myers Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,474$67,435
Families$54,762$82,849
Married Families$71,670-
Non Families$30,317$45,383

Fort Myers Marital Status

Fort Myers Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.4%

Male Marriage Rate

38.9%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Fort Myers Marital Status by Race

Fort Myers Veterans

4,235

Number of Veterans

3,755

Male Veterans

480

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,580
Second Gulf War711
First Gulf War547
Korea317
World War II255

Fort Myers Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,4308.36%
Black6224.68%
Hispanic2241.77%
Other822.00%
2 or More495.26%
Hawaiian1824.66%
Indian1845.00%
Asian160.96%

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

7.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Myers Employment Status

55.6%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

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

33.95%

Born in Florida

79.66%

Native Born

20.34%

Foreign Born

12.24%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

79.66% of Fort Myers residents were born in the United States, with 33.95% having been born in Florida. 12.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.