Fort Myers Beach is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 6,811 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Fort Myers Beach is the 248th largest community in Florida.
Fort Myers Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Fort Myers Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Fort Myers Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Myers Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Myers Beach who work in sales jobs (16.18%), office and administrative support (14.79%) and management occupations (11.39%).
Of important note, Fort Myers Beach is also a town of artists. Fort Myers Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Fort Myers Beach’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.89% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Fort Myers Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Fort Myers Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
As is often the case in a small town, Fort Myers Beach doesn’t have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
Fort Myers Beach Information and Demographics
The population of Fort Myers Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.08% of adults in Fort Myers Beach have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Myers Beach in 2010 was $54,973, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,892 for a family of four. However, Fort Myers Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Fort Myers Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Myers Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fort Myers Beach include German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish and French.
The most common language spoken in Fort Myers Beach is English.