Fort Myers Area Demographics

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The latest Brookings Institute State of Metropolitan America Report has some very interesting data regarding the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  This area is categorized as a Mid-Sized Magnet with similar characteristics (high growth, low diversity, low education) as cities including: Baton Rouge, LA; Boise, ID; Greenville, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Little Rock, AR and Oklahoma City, OK.

Some of the key indicators about the Cape Coral – Lee County including our ranking out of the top 100 MSAs:

  • Total population: 593,136     US Rank: 86
  • % change in population 2000-2008: 33.6%      US Rank: 4
  • % non-white population% 27.4%      US Rank: 56
  • % of population that is foreign-born: 15.1%     US Rank: 27
  • % of population age 45 and over 47.3%     US Rank: 3
  • Percent seniors (65+) 22.9%     US Rank: 2
  • Percent adults with bachelor’s degrees 26.1%     US Rank: 74
  • % of households that are married couples with children: 16.2%     US Rank: 97
  • Median household income: $51,081     US Rank: 60

The age demographics truly jumped out at me, with our region ranking second nationally for senior citizens and third for baby boomers.  The baby boomer (45+) stats truly correlate with what we are seeing in the trenches.  The overwhelming majority of our customers right now fall into the pre-retirement baby boomer demographic bucket.  Many have lost confidence in the stock market and are looking to reallocate assets away from the stock market and into a piece of Fort Myers real estate.  Key drivers for this demographic group include a move toward urbanism, a growing interest in amenity-rich gated communities and 55+ communities.

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