About Fort Myers, Florida

Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. Nestled along the scenic shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, the city has become an interesting blend of young and old.

Sporting the youngest population in Lee County, with a median age of 32, the City of Fort Myers is also home to the historic winter residences of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Extensive renovation of the historic downtown waterfront is underway, with new restaurants, nightclubs, apartments, and artistic venues providing energy and growth.

Throughout the year, Southwest Florida residents and visitors enjoy cultural events overlooking the river at Centennial Park and the Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

Our thanks to the Lee County Economic Development Office for providing the following demographic data on the areas served by The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc.:

Lee County Population (2000 US Census)

  • Fort Myers - 48,208
  • Cape Coral - 102,286
  • Fort Myers Beach - 6,561
  • Sanibel/Captiva Islands - 6,064
  • Bonita Springs - 32,797
  • Unincorporated Lee County - 244,292

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