Lee County Florida Located in South West Florida
Lee County Cities
||North Fort Myers
||St James City
||East Fort Myers
||Fort Myers Beach
||Port Boca Grande
||Fort Myers Shores
||Fort Myers Villas
||San Carlos Park
Land area (rank): 803 square miles (24)
Population 1993 (rank): 357,550 (11)
Population density 1993 (rank): 445 persons per square mile (10)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 63.3% (10)
Lee County is in southwest Florida and is bordered by Charlotte
Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico and by Charlotte, Hendry, and Collier
counties. The Caloosahatchee River bisects the county. The county
has 238 square miles of water. The average January temperature
is 63.8 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.5
degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 52.39 inches.
Lee County was established from Monroe County in 1823 and named
for General Robert E. Lee.
In 1993, 63% of the population was in unincorporated areas.
The incorporated place with the greatest population is Cape Coral,
whose 1993 population of 81,339 is nearly an eightfold increase
over its 1970 population. Ft. Myers is the second most populous
incorporated place, with a 1993 population of 45,069. Since 1980
several unincorporated areas in Lee County have experienced tremendous
growth. For example, the population of San Carlos Park increased
from 3,590 in 1980 to 11,785 in 1990 and that of Bonita Springs
increased from 5,435 to 13,600. The U.S. Bureau of the Census
has designated Lee County as the Ft. Myers Metropolitan Statistical
Area. In 1993, 92% of Lee County's population was white and 8%
was nonwhite. In 1990, 4.5% of the population was Hispanic. Of
the population increase between 1980 and 1990, 97.0% was due to
net migration. The 1992 birth rate was 11.9 live births per 1,000
persons, and the 1992 death rate was 11.0 deaths per 1,000 persons.
In 1992 the infant mortality rate was 8.5 per 1,000. In 1993 the
leading causes of death were heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 57.2% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 5.6%. In
1990, 76.9% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 16.4% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. University of South Florida, Ft. Myers Campus;
Edison Community College, Ft. Myers; completion in 1997 of the
state's 10th 4-year university.
The per capita income for 1993 was $21,073 (11th highest in
the state). The median household income in 1987 was $28,448. In
1989, 6.1% of families had incomes below the poverty level. In
1990, 18.0% of personal income in Lee County was derived from
transfer payments. In 1992 the greatest numbers of persons in
Lee County were employed in the retail trade, services, and government
sectors. The major employers in the retail trade sector were eating
and drinking establishments and food stores. In the services sector
the major employers were medical and health services and business
services. In 1992 there were 517 farms in Lee County, totalling
106,721 acres (21% of land in the county). Major crops include
sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, squash, and
tomatoes. In 1991, 5,011,534 pounds of fish and 2,408,395 pounds
of shellfish were landed in Lee County.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $84,300
Median monthly rent 1990: $417
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 17.3
Housing starts 1992: 3,745
Housing starts 1993: 4,451
In 1992 the price level index for Lee County was 100.33 (10th
highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 5.2170, and the total
taxable value of property was $19,374,421,790. Taxable sales totalled
$3776.30 million in 1992 and $4102.70 million in 1993. Lottery
sales totalled $49,446 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Lee County's
revenues totalled $671,398 thousand ($1,951.6 per capita) and
its expenditures $482,733 thousand ($1,403.2 per capita). Of those
18 years of age and older, 67.9% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 37.7% were registered Democrat and 53.3% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election 44.2% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 32.3% for Clinton, and 23.2% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Edison Festival of Light, February, Cracker Festival, April,
Ft. Myers; Beach Shrimp Festival, March, Ft. Myers Beach; Sanibel
Shell Fair, March; Seafood Festival, Pine Island, March; Edison
Winter Home, Ford Winter Home, Ft. Myers Historical Museum, Nature
Center of Lee County, Waltzing Waters, Ft. Myers; J. N. "Ding"
Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel; Shell Factory, Inc.,
Ft. Myers; Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District, Estero.