Naples, Fla., City and Higher Education Info

Naples, Florida, is a small city situated on the Gulf Coast. The city has a few postsecondary institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Keep reading to learn more about the economy and population of Naples and about the colleges and universities in and around the city.

Information about Naples, Florida

Naples is located along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, about 40 miles south of Fort Myers and 125 miles west of Miami. It has an estimated population of about 20,968, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates. Per 2010 census data, about 90% of its residents were white. Naples is rich in American history, and although high-rise buildings now line its beaches, it still maintains its historic charm.

Attractions in the Naples area include the historic old town, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and Everglades National Park. The climate in Naples is humid and subtropical, with average temperatures ranging from 60 degrees in the winter to around 80 degrees in the summer. Summer heat along the coast is often tempered by ocean breezes from the Gulf of Mexico.

Higher Education

The city has three public and private non-profit colleges within its boundaries, including the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, which is the only public school in Naples. This small school of about 700 students (as of Fall 2014) features certificate programs in a number of career-focused fields, such as marine service technology, massage therapy, medical assisting, surgical technology, computer systems and automotive service technology.

Hodges University is the largest school in Naples, with nearly 1,900 students enrolled (as of Fall 2014) in its associate's, bachelor's and master's programs. The third school in Naples is Ave Maria School of Law.

About 30 miles away, in Fort Meyers, students can find Keiser University, while Ave Maria University, a private Catholic school, is also located about 30 miles from Naples, in Ave Maria.

Economy and Employment

Naples is home to a well-educated, white-collar population that includes a large number of millionaires. U.S. census data from 2010 to 2014 showed that 52.6% of adult residents 25 years or older in Naples had bachelor's degrees or higher, while the Tampa Bay Times reported that about 7% of households in Naples were millionaire households, as of 2014.


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