Fort Myers, Florida Population 2022

101,725
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Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County Florida. Fort Myers has a 2020 population of 101,725. It is also the county seat of Lee County. Fort Myers is currently growing at a rate of 5.03% annually and its population has increased by 62.75% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 62,503 in 2010.

The average household income in Fort Myers is $71,739 with a poverty rate of 16.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,096 per month, and the median house value is $248,400. The median age in Fort Myers is 40.6 years, 39.6 years for males, and 41.7 years for females.

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 Myerswas:

  • White: 61.70%
  • Black or African American: 23.32%
  • Other race: 6.88%
  • Two or more races: 5.55%
  • Asian: 2.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.17%
  • Native American: 0.13%
The current population of Fort Myers, Florida is 101,725 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 101,725.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 62,503.

Fort Myers, Florida Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Fort Myers Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White51,52261.70%
Black or African American19,47323.32%
American Indian and Alaska Native1090.13%
Asian1,8792.25%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1430.17%
Some Other Race5,7416.88%
Two or More Races4,6385.55%
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Fort Myers Population by Race

Fort Myers Population Pyramid 2022

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Fort Myers Median Age

40.9


Total

40.5


Male

42.2


Female

Fort Myers Adults

There are 66,236 adults, (18,541 of whom are seniors) in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

38.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Myers Sex Ratio

Female

43,213

51.75%

Male

40,292

48.25%

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
Married68.9%31.1%
All48.2%51.8%
Non Family36.2%63.8%
Male35.1%64.9%
Female27.9%72.1%

48.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Myers Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All31,5982.5348.2
Married12,7373.1368.9
Male1,3913.9635.1
Female4,1854.1127.9
Non Family13,2851.3236.2

3.33

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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Fort Myers Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,5537.62%
9th to 12th Grade4,6827.84%
High School Graduate17,40429.15%
Some College10,57117.70%
Associates Degree4,9978.37%
Bachelors Degree10,66317.86%
Graduate Degree6,84511.46%
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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
Native American10710787
Asian1,3241,210659
White32,66431,21212,965
2+ Races2,7462,495846
Islander996018
Hispanic12,2407,9791,979
Other Race3,5011,960450
Black12,2999,0151,435

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 81.31%.

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,007$34,249$29,980
Less Than 9th Grade$22,823$24,298$18,161
High School Graduate$26,853$27,248$26,322
Some College$30,759$34,747$27,078
Bachelors Degree$50,199$54,510$42,005
Graduate Degree$57,794$56,911$58,401

$32,007

Average Earnings

$34,249

Average Male

$29,980

Average Female

Fort Myers Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Myers Language by Age

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Fort Myers Language

72.95% of Fort Myers residents speak only English, while 27.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.64% of the population.

Fort Myers Language

Fort Myers Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander1433826.57%
Black18,6924,74125.36%
Hispanic19,1324,13721.62%
Native1091110.09%
Multiple4,5274469.85%
White39,0183,7459.60%
Asian1,8771085.75%
Other1,572NaN%

16.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.91%

Male Poverty Rate

17.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Myers

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Myers is Islander, with 26.57% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.85%.

Fort Myers Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.94%
High School14.30%
Some College11.04%
Bachelors or Greater5.30%

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.68%
Male Unemployed27.26%
Female Employed7.95%
Female Unemployed49.72%

Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Myers Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,848$77,844
Families$60,184$96,027
Married Families$78,090$118,778
Non Families$33,458$50,463
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Income by Household Type

Fort Myers Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.2%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

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 45-54.

Fort Myers Marital Status by Race

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Fort Myers Marital Status

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4,143

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War855
First Gulf War705
Vietnam1,531
Korea266
World War II202

Fort Myers Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34378
35 to 54798
55 to 64602
65 to 741,178
75+1,187

Fort Myers Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,2877.65%
Black4853.41%
Native American2825.69%
Asian775.30%
Islander3838.38%
Other Race641.53%
2+ Races1645.10%
Hispanic3692.55%

Fort Myers Veterans by Race

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

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8.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Myers Veterans by Education

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54.9%

Labor Force Participation

52.5%

Employment Rate

4.5%

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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35.00%

Born in Fort Myers

81.51%

Native Born

18.49%

Foreign Born

10.41%

Non Citizen

8.07%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

81.51% of Fort Myers residents were born in the United States, with 35.00% having been born in Florida. 10.41% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19006000.00%
19203,6783,0789.49%
19309,0825,4049.46%
194010,6041,5221.56%
195013,1952,5912.21%
196022,5239,3285.49%
197027,3514,8281.96%
198036,6389,2872.97%
199045,2068,5682.12%
200048,2083,0020.65%
201062,50314,2952.63%
201163,8181,3152.10%
201265,5041,6862.64%
201367,8022,2983.51%
201470,4492,6473.90%
201573,4703,0214.29%
201676,7523,2824.47%
201780,0153,2634.25%
201882,2292,2142.77%
201987,1034,8745.93%
202091,9774,8745.60%
202196,8514,8745.30%
2022101,7254,8745.03%

Fort Myers Population by Year