Information about Fort Myers, Florida
In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Fort Myers at 70,918. The racial makeup of the city, based on 2010 Census figures, was nearly 55 percent white alone and more than 32 percent black or African American alone, with 20 percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino.
A popular destination for tourists, Fort Myers is home to more than three dozen public and private golf courses. The city's 105-acre Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium features three nature trails and butterfly and bird aviaries, as well as a natural history museum. Other popular attractions include the city's waterfront entertainment district, the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and the Imaginarium Science Center.
Fort Myers Colleges and Universities
Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers was ranked the 80th best regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. This public university, which had an enrollment of more than 14,400 students as of Fall 2014, confers associate's through doctoral degrees, along with postbaccalaurate and post-master's certificates.
The city's largest nonprofit postsecondary school, Florida SouthWestern State College, enrolled nearly 15,400 undergraduate students as of Fall 2014. A public college, FSW features associate's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as undergraduate certificates.
Fort Myers also is home to a campus of the private nonprofit Keiser University, which awards associate's through master's degrees, as well as the 2-year public Fort Myers Technical College.
Fort Myers Industry
Fort Myers is the county seat of Lee County, which also features the cities of Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Sanibel, along with the town of Fort Myers Beach. As of 2015, the county's top industries were life sciences, defense and homeland security, aviation aerospace, clean technology and logistics and distribution. Other important industries include financial and professional services, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.