Fort Myers Named One of the Funnest Places to Live

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If you’re looking for a “fun” place to call home, Fort Myers is the place to be! The city recently gained a spot on the list of “The 30 most fun places to live in the U.S.”.

At least that’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which came up with its ranking based on a variety of things including parks, sports, shopping and nightlife. For the 2019 ranking, Fort Myers came in at number 15 on the list.

Researchers took into consideration each city’s access to outdoor activities and parks, plus they mixed in restaurants and shopping venues, cultural attractions, professional sports teams, concerts and nightlife. They also considered how popular a destination is based on flights, and then ranked the 100 most populated metro areas to come up with a score for each.

In particular, researchers gave Fort Myers a ranking of number six for shopping and put it in the number eight spot for concert venues. While Fort Myers is home to about 700,000 residents, it offers your choice of around 2,100 different restaurants.

This popular retirement city additionally contains several wildlife and nature preserves, plus historical sites like the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The city also offers easy access to outdoor fun and recreation at Fort Myers Beach, plus nearby Sanibel Island and Cape Coral.

From fishing and boating to kayaking, shopping, dining and area museums, you’ll find plenty of fun places to go and experience while living in Fort Myers. The city additionally offers theatres and performing arts venues, as well as easy access to spring training.

U.S. News considers Fort Myers number 35 on its list of the “Best Places to Live” and a strong number two on its list of the “Best Places to Retire”. Retirees aren’t the only ones drawn in by the benefits of living in Fort Myers, though. The city also boasts a large population of millennials and young families.