Fort Myers is a mid-sized city located along the shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River on Florida’s west coast. Known as a retirement hot spot, with more than 25 percent of the population exceeding age 65, Fort Myers is also home to a sizable millennial population, both singles and families. The population of Fort Myers exceeds 77,000, and has been growing steadily, with predictions that it will reach 100,000 in the near future.
At the end of the 19th century, Fort Myers became known as a winter resort destination and to this day remains a popular place for snow birds to escape the winter chill. The winter estates of Thomas Edison ("Seminole Lodge") and Henry Ford ("The Mangoes") are major attractions in Fort Myers.
Residents of Fort Myers have many options for recreation and entertainment. Fort Myers has invested in an extensive renovation of the historic downtown waterfront, adding new restaurants, nightclubs and artistic venues. Throughout the year, residents and visitors enjoy cultural events that overlook the river at Centennial Park and the Fort Myers Yacht Basin. There are many monthly downtown community activities, including the Art Walk and Music Walk, which showcase art and musical talent at galleries, museums, retail shops and community centers. The annual Edison Festival of Light in February celebrates Edison’s major contributions to Fort Myers and to the world. The celebration includes two weeks of citywide events and a Grand Parade of Light as the finale.
When you are ready for some fun in the sun, the famous Florida Gulf beaches are just a few miles away. Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral and Sanibel Island are well-known beach destinations where you can find over 400 different seashell varieties washed up on the soft sand, and view some of the Gulf Coast’s most spectacular sunsets.
The top employment opportunities are in the healthcare, retail, hospitality and telecommunications sectors. Florida Gulf Coast University, located right in Fort Myers, is a mid-sized four-year public college that offers both undergrad and graduate programs.
The median home value in Fort Myers is $207,730, with many appealing neighborhoods. McGregor is known for its wide boulevards and variety of homes, both historic and newer construction. Country Club offers a community environment, and many homes feature in-ground swimming pools.
No matter what your age, Fort Myers may just be the sweet escape you are looking for!