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Lee County

  •   State: 
    Lee County
    26.563496716437857, -81.98483599453145
      Area total: 
    1212.37 sq. mi., 3140.03 sq. km, 775918.72 acres
      Area land: 
    781.46 sq. mi., 2023.96 sq. km, 500132.48 acres
      Area water: 
    430.92 sq. mi., 1116.07 sq. km, 275786.24 acres
      Capital seat: 

    Fort Myers
    Address: 2115 Second Street
    Fort Myers, FL
    Governing Body: County Commission with 5 board sizeGoverning Authority: Home Rule

  • Lee County, Florida, United States

  •   Population: 
    760,822; Population change: 22.96% (2010 - 2020)
      Population density: 
    974 persons per square mile
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
    7.30% per 345,417 county labor force
  •   Sales taxes: 
    $28.21 B, gross domestic product (GDP)

Lee County was created in 1887 from Monroe Cou The county seat is Fort Myers (with a population of 86,395 as of the 2020 census), and the largest city is Cape Coral with an estimated 2020 population of 194,016. It is about 120 miles (190 km) south of Tampa at the meeting point of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. Lee County is the home for spring training of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins MLB teams. It was named for Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general in the American Civil War.

In 1885, Fort Myers was incorporated, making it the second-largest city on Florida's west coast. It became a nationally known winter resort with the opening of the Royal Palm Hotel in 1898. The first settlers in Fort Myers arrived in 1866. In the 1870s, Tervio Padilla, a wealthy merchant from the Canary Islands, came by way of Key West to Cayo Costa and established trade with natives and "ranchos" that extended northward to Charlotte Harbor. He was disinclined to set up another ranch, so he and his wife simply homesteaded on the island and moved further down the coast. Many of the first pioneer families of Lee County still reside within the Pine Island area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 760,822, with Fort Myers serving as the county seat and Cape Coral as the city's largest city. The population of Clearwater, Sarasota, Clearwater and Fort Myers is also growing.

Poverty and median household income estimates for 2021 in Lee County, FL about 95,012 individuals poverty estimate - all ages, it's 12.2% estimated percent of the total resident population of all ages in poverty: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program Release date: December 2022. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Estimated SNAP benefits recipients in Lee County, FL are about 105,288 individuals, for July of the reference year 2020. With a estimate of median household income = $66,426 by each individual family, with a 90% confidence interval lower bound of estimate of median household income = $64,361, with a 90% confidence interval upper bound of estimate of median household income = $68,491 in 2021.

The Air Quality index in Lee County, Florida = 92.6. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 59. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Lee County = 6.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.

The most recent county population of 760,822; Population change: 22.96% (2010 - 2020) individuals with a median age of 42.3 age the population grows by 43.92% in Lee County, Florida population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 974 persons per square mile. There are average 2.31 people per household in the 113,377 households with an average household income of $52,381 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.30% per 345,417 county labor force of the available work force and has dropped -8.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected will change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 9.02%. The number of physicians in Lee County per 100,000 population = 196.8.

The annual rainfall in Lee County = 54 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 112. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 266. 91.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 53.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 28, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

The percentage of housing units in Lee County, Florida which are owned by the occupant = 56.95%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 16 years with median home cost = $116,920 and home appreciation of -18.24%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.05 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.

The local school district spends $4,178 per student. There are 17.6 students for each teacher in the school, 803 students for each Librarian and 595 students for each Counselor. 6.31% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.54% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.53% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Lee County's population of Florida of 23,476 residents in 1930 has increased 12,45-fold to 292,198 residents after 90 years, according to the official 2020 census. U.S. Bureau of the Census beginning in 1900. Data for 1870-1890 are on a de facto or unspecified basis; data for 1900 and later years are resident totals.

    Approximately 51.68% female residents and 48.32% male residents live in as of 2020, 46.71% in Lee County, Florida are married and the remaining 53.29% are single population.

    As of 2020, 46.71% in Lee County, Florida are married and the remaining 53.29% are single population.

  •   Housing units: 
    416,332 residential units of which 76.45% share occupied residential units.

    27.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Lee County require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.95% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.76% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.64% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.56% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Lee County, Florida 56.95% are owner-occupied homes, another 16.39% are rented apartments, and the remaining 26.66% are vacant.

  • The 36.97% of the population in Lee County, Florida who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

    Since the 1860s, the two main parties have been the Republican Party (here in 2022 = 54.670%) and the Democratic Party (here in 2022 = 44.340%) of those eligible to vote in Lee County, Florida.

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