Fort Myers, Florida Population 2021

96,851
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Fort Myers is located in the southwest region of Florida, and it is tourist hotspot for many reasons, including its beautiful beaches.

Fort Myers Population and Economy

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 64.54%
  • Black or African American: 22.19%
  • Other race: 8.55%
  • Asian: 2.76%
  • Two or more races: 1.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
  • Native American: 0.04%
The current population of Fort Myers, Florida is 96,851based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 82,229.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 62,298.

Fort Myers, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021802,79116,1072.01%
2020786,68416,1072.05%
2019770,57716,1072.09%
2018754,47014,4701.92%
2017740,00017,3512.34%
2016722,64923,0053.18%
2015699,64422,4123.20%
2014677,23217,3982.57%
2013659,83415,6372.37%
2012644,19713,1442.04%
2011631,05310,6041.68%
2010620,4490.00%

Fort Myers Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White51,58864.54%
Black or African American17,73522.19%
Some Other Race6,8308.55%
Asian2,2082.76%
Two or More Races1,4561.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander760.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native340.04%
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Fort Myers Population By Race

Fort Myers Population Pyramid 2021

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Fort Myers Median Age

40.6


Total

39.6


Male

41.7


Female

Fort Myers Adults

There are 63,381 adults, (17,595 of whom are seniors) in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Age Dependency

74.6

Age Dependency Ratio

38.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Myers Sex Ratio

Mujer

40,813

51.06%

Masculino

39,114

48.94%

Fort Myers Population by Age

Fort Myers Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Myers Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.6%28.4%
All49.6%50.4%
Non Family38.1%61.9%
Masculino32.2%67.8%
Mujer29%71%

49.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Myers Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All30,2652.5249.6
Non Family12,9061.3138.1
Married11,7673.0871.6
Mujer4,0374.0629
Masculino1,5554.2432.2

3.34

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

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Fort Myers Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,0468.79%
9th to 12th Grade4,4877.81%
High School Graduate15,84527.60%
Some College10,25417.86%
Associates Degree4,7378.25%
Bachelors Degree10,56518.40%
Graduate Degree6,48311.29%
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Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White32,02930,35612,786
Hispanic11,6596,9931,848
Black11,3198,6031,467
Other Race3,8201,984439
Asian1,5151,201699
2+ Races867765267
Islander643720
Native American343426

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 76.47%.

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$31,285$33,111$28,524
Less Than 9th Grade$22,937$24,163$18,583
High School Graduate$26,557$28,351$25,246
Some College$30,452$34,182$26,925
Bachelors Degree$42,365$52,148$39,379
Graduate Degree$52,473$56,714$49,839

$31,285

Average Earnings

$33,111

Average Male

$28,524

Average Female

Fort Myers Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Myers Language by Age

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Fort Myers Language

71.57% of Fort Myers residents speak only English, while 28.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.29% of the population.

Fort Myers Language

Fort Myers Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black16,9744,57926.98%
Hispanic18,8634,25222.54%
White37,8513,80610.06%
Other6,8101,55822.88%
Asian2,2061627.34%
Multiple1,31914010.61%
Islander761013.16%

16.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.11%

Male Poverty Rate

18.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Myers

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Black, with 26.98% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Asian, with 7.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.51%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.03%.

Fort Myers Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.79%
High School16.03%
Some College12.39%
Bachelors or Greater5.12%

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed56.90%
Male Unemployed31.95%
Female Employed8.68%
Male Employed6.66%

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Myers Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,409$71,739
Families$58,919$87,893
Married Families$74,209-
Non Families$31,760$48,073
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Income by Household Type

Fort Myers Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

40.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Myers Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Fort Myers Marital Status

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4,405

Number of Veterans

3,907

Male Veterans

498

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,769
Second Gulf War765
First Gulf War464
Korea314
World War II200

Fort Myers Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,365
75+1,305
35 to 54687
55 to 64624
18 to 34424

Fort Myers Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,4267.96%
Black7365.73%
Hispanic2321.72%
2+ Races938.87%
Other Race771.65%
Asian422.48%
Native American2161.76%
Islander1015.63%

Fort Myers Veterans by Race

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

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9.00%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.18%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

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54.9%

Labor Force Participation

51.9%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Myers Employment by Age

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Fort Myers Employment by Race

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Fort Myers Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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33.23%

Born in Fort Myers

79.88%

Native Born

20.12%

Foreign Born

11.99%

Non Citizen

8.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.88% of Fort Myers residents were born in the United States, with 33.23% having been born in Florida. 11.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Myers Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202196,8514,8745.30%
202091,9774,8745.60%
201987,1034,8745.93%
201882,2292,2142.77%
201780,0153,2634.25%
201676,7523,2824.47%
201573,4703,0214.29%
201470,4492,6473.90%
201367,8022,2983.51%
201265,5041,6862.64%
201163,8181,3152.10%
201062,50314,2952.63%
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 by Year