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-Attractive downtown
-Baseball spring training
-Winter climate


-Tourist impact
-Hurricane risk
-Arts & culture

What Bert Has To Say About Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metro Area

Fort Myers, on the southern Florida Gulf Coast, is a quiet city famous for its palm-tree lined streets. Not a typical beach town, it nonetheless maintains a tropical flavor, attracts some tourists, and is home to several baseball spring-training camps. It is also home to a large number of retirees. Offshore islands Sanibel and Captiva are more touristy, although both are restrained in development compared to other areas in the state. Cape Coral, just to the southwest, is a relatively large and new planned community even more popular with retirees, 115 square miles in all, located along canals and the waterfront. Although Fort Myers is better known, Cape Coral is actually the larger community.

The Florida climate is generally pleasant, and the southerly and slightly inland location of Fort Myers provides particularly nice and dry winter weather. But on the downside, the area is far from big-city amenities such as arts and culture, entertainment, and air service. While employment has been a concern at times, current and future projections are strong. The area is also spread out and growing more so, creating some sprawl-related problems.

Fort Myers is located on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The terrain is level and low with a mix of coastal plain and wet oak, magnolia, and evergreen forests. The climate is subtropical with a strong Gulf influence. High temperatures generally range from the low 60’s in winter to the low 80’s in summer. Winters are mild with many bright, warm days and moderately cool nights. Occasional cold snaps drop temperatures to the 30’s, but rarely to the 20’s.

About two-thirds of annual precipitation occurs June through September, mostly as cooling late afternoon thunderstorms 2 out of every 3 days. There are frequent long dry periods in winter. Late summer and fall tropical storms and hurricanes cause occasional torrential downpours, delivering perhaps 6 to 10 inches in 24 hours.


Quick Facts About Fort Myers

    The unemployment rate in Fort Myers is 5.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Fort Myers jobs have Increased by 3.95 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Fort Myers's cost of living is 4.90% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Fort Myers's population is 63,427 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 15.99 percent.
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Fort Myers is $143,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 12.00 percent.
    Fort Myers public schools spend $10,058 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.6 students per teacher in Fort Myers.

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re: Home Values/Prices - 6/13/2005
First of all, no one is ever happy where they live. Fort Myers is like any city...good and bad parts. They are everywhere even in lovely Naples! Cost of living depends... (read more)
Thomas A. Edison said it Best
He said, "There is only one Ft. Myers and 90 million people are going to find it out." The population of the U.S. was 90 million at the time. I ask could a man of... (read more)
re: Love, Love, Love Ft Myers - 1/23/2012
We are moving to the Ft Myers area in Nov. 2013 from PA. We are looking to rent until we decide where we would like to purchase a home. Any recommendations on places... (read more)
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