Fort Myers, Florida Population 2022

91,215
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Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County Florida. It is also the county seat of Lee County. With a 2020 population of 91,215, it is the 33rd largest city in Florida and the 403rd largest city in the United States. Fort Myers is currently growing at a rate of 2.71% annually and its population has increased by 5.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 86,395 in 2020. Spanning over 49 miles, Fort Myers has a population density of 2,290 people per square mile.

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 91,215 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 86,395.

Fort Myers, Florida Population 2022

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

Fort Myers Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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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

48.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Myers Households and Families

3.33

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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Fort Myers Households by Type

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Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Myers Educational Attainment by Race

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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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$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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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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Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Education

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Fort Myers Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Myers Income by Household Type

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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

Fort Myers Veterans by War

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Fort Myers Veterans by Age

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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

Fort Myers Population by Year