Collier County Florida Located in South West Florida
Collier County Cities
||Royal Palm Hammock
||Golden Gate Estates
||Isles of Capri
||Old Marco Junction
||Vanderbuilt Bch Estates
||Palm River Estates
||Palm River Shores
See also Greater Naples Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
Land area (rank): 1,994 square miles (1)
Population 1993 (rank): 174,644 (20)
Population density 1993 (rank): 88 persons per square mile (33)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 76.9% (5)
Collier County is in southwest Florida and is bordered by the
Gulf of Mexico, and by Lee, Hendry, Broward, Monroe, and Dade
counties. The county has 113 square miles of water. The average
January temperature is 67.8 degrees F, and the average August
temperature is 82.4 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is
Collier County was established from a portion of Lee County
in 1923 and named for advertising tycoon Barron G. Collier, one
of South Florida's leading developers.
In 1993, nearly 90% of Collier County's population was in unincorporated
areas along the Gulf coast. The largest city in the county is
Naples with a 1993 population of 19,881. The county seat is the
unincorporated area of East Naples, which had a 1990 population
of 22,951, nearly double its 1980 population. Other areas that
developed rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s include Golden Gate,
Marco, East Naples, Naples Park, and North Naples. The U.S. Bureau
of the Census has designated Collier County as the Naples Metropolitan
Statistical Area. In 1993, 94% of Collier County's population
was white and 6% was nonwhite. In 1990, 13.6% of the population
was Hispanic. Of the population increase between 1980 and 1990,
92.0% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth rate was 14.1 live
births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death rate was 9.4 deaths
per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality rate was 9.7 per
1,000. The leading causes of death in 1993 were heart disease,
cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 71.6% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 4.4%. In
1990, 79.0% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 22.3% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Edison Community College (Lee County);
International College of Naples; Walden University-Florida Center,
Naples; new state university scheduled to open in neighboring
Lee County in 1997.
The per capita income in Collier County for 1993 was $27,257
(5th highest in the state). The median household income in 1989
was $34,001. In 1989, 6.4% of families had incomes below the poverty
level. In 1990, 11.0% of personal income in Collier County was
derived from transfer payments. In the retail trade sector, eating
and drinking establishments and food stores employed the greatest
numbers of persons. Hotels and motels and medical and other health
services employed the greatest numbers in the services sector.
In 1992 there were 254 farms in the county, totalling 301,977
acres (24% of land in the county). Cattle are still raised in
the county, but it has also become a major vegetable growing region.
In 1991, 1,860,256 pounds of fish and 812,435 pounds of shellfish
were landed in Collier County.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $121,400
Median monthly rent 1990: $495
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 10.8
Housing starts 1992: 3,612
Housing starts 1993: 2.984
In 1992 the price level index for Collier County was 102.27
(6th highest in the state).
For the year ending September 30, 1993, the ad valorem millage
rate was 3.6729, and the total taxable value of property was $15,313,053,072.
Taxable sales totalled $2247.30 million in 1992 and $2422.90 million
in 1993. Lottery sales totalled $22,232 thousand in 1992-93. In
1990-91 Collier County's revenues totalled $230,682 thousand ($1427.5
per capita) and its expenditures $231,197 thousand ($1430.7 per
capita). Of those 18 years of age and older, 56.9% were registered
to vote in 1992. Of these 26.6% were registered Democrat and 65.4%
were registered Republican. In the 1992 presidential election
53.4% of the votes were cast for Bush, 26.1% for Clinton, and
20.2% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Swamp Buggy Races, February and October, Shark Tournament,
July and August, Naples; Collier County Museum, Corkscrew Swamp
Sanctuary, Jungle Larry's Zoological Park at Caribbean Gardens,
the Plaza Site, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ted Smallwood Store,
Chokoloskee Island, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Depot and Museum.