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Cape Coral

City of Cape Coral

  •   State: 
    Lee County
    Cape Coral
      County FIPS: 
    26°38′23″N 81°58′57″W
      Area total: 
    119.41 sq mi
      Area land: 
    106.03 sq mi (274.61 km²)
      Area water: 
    13.38 sq mi (34.65 km²)
    3 ft (0.9 m)
    1957; Incorporated 1970
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,829.84 residents per square mile of area (706.51/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 

Cape Coral is a city in Lee County, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a planned community, the city's population has grown to 194,016 as of the 2020 Census, a rise of 26% from the 2010 Census. With an area of 120 square miles (310 km²), Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami in both population and area. The city has over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, more than any other city on earth. On September 28, 2022, Cape Coral suffered major damage when Hurricane Ian made landfall nearby. The area is bordered in the south and east by the Caloosahatchee River and in the west by Matlacha Pass. It is home to the state's Wildlife Refuge and National Wildlife Refuge. The Cape Coral Aquatic Preserve is a state park home to foxes, wading birds, gopher tortoises, dolphins and other reptiles. It also hosts the Florida Wildlife Preserve Aquatic Park, home to birds, foxes and other birds of prey. Cape Coral's first four homes were completed in May 1958, on Riverside and Flamingo Drives. The first building in Cape Coral was the Rosens' sales office. It was built where George's Auto now stands, at Cape Coral and Coronado Pkwys. In the early 1960s, the population was 2,850; 1,300 buildings had been finished or were under construction; 80 mi (130km) of road had been built.


Cape Coral is the primary city name, but also Fort Myers, Matlacha are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Cape Coral. Cape Coral was founded as Redfish Point in 1957. The city was incorporated in August 1970. Cape Coral suffered major damage when Hurricane Ian made landfall nearby in 2022. The Cape Coral Bridge across the Caloosahatchee River opened in early 1964. The public yacht club, a golf course, medical clinic and shopping center were up and running by the early 1960s. The population continued to grow rapidly until the real estate slowdown that gripped the region beginning in 2008. The first building in Cape Coral was the Rosens' sales office. It was built where George's Auto now stands, at Cape Coral and Coronado Pkwys. It is located near the intersection of Riverside and Flamingo Drives, south of Cape Coral Parkway, and Florida State Road 441. It has a population of 2,850, with 1,300 buildings finished or under construction, and 80 mi (130 km) of road had been built, and 160 mi (260km) of canals had been dug. The town's first permanent resident was Kenny Schwartz, the Rosen's general manager. He became the city's first official mayor in May 1958, when Cape Coral's first four homes were completed on Riverside and Famingo Drive. The City's first public library was opened in 1961, and it is located on the corner of Riverside Drive and Florida state road 441, just south of Florida State Route 449. It also has a public library, which opened in 1962.


Cape Coral is a large peninsula and is bordered in the south and east by the Caloosahatchee River and in the west by Matlacha Pass. The city receives about 56 inches of rain each year, the majority of which falls from June to September. The area averages 355 days of sunshine each year but experiences precipitation on 145 days per year. Cape Coral is home to the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida. The green iguana, the spiny-tailed iguana and the Nile monitor, which was discovered in 2009, do not pose a threat to the city. The Nile monitor is however a large (37 feet), fast traveling, fast swimming carnivore with a wide diet, which can include fish, fowl, and small mammals. The summers are very warm, humid, and rainy, but the winters in Cape Coral are dry with moderate temperatures. During the summer months, afternoon rains are heavy yet brief. The annual hurricane season, which begins officially on June 1 and continues through November, is affected by the city's summer weather. It is the only city in Florida with a population of more than 100,000 people, and the city has the highest percentage of African-American residents in the U.S. than any other state. It also has the lowest percentage of Hispanics in the state, with less than 1% of the population living in the city compared to more than 10% elsewhere in the country. It has one of the highest levels of obesity in the United States, with more than 1,500 people per square mile.


As of 2018, Cape Coral is the eighth largest city in Florida by population. More than 60 percent of the population is between the ages of 1564 and residents under 25 outnumber residents over 65. Southwest Florida's 1824 age group is growing at a faster rate than the state of Florida and the United States. As of 2010, there were 78,948 households, out of which 23.0% were vacant. In 2000, 87.18% of residents spoke only English at home, while 7.61% spoke Spanish, 1.70% spoke German, and 0.41% spoke Tagalog. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.2% were under the age of 18 and 5.6% were 65 or older. The median income for a household in the city was $43,410, and the median Income for a family was $47,503. The per capita income for theCity was $21,021. 7.0%. Of the total population, 5.3% of families were below the poverty line. In total, 12.81% of the city's population spoke languages other than English. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was2.85. The city's median age was 42 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over,there were 94.1 males. For each 100 females aged 18 and up, there are 91.6 males. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city has a population of 1.2 million.


The economy in Cape Coral is based on health care services, retail, and real estate/construction. The city's Economic Development Office promotes and incentivizes business relocation to Cape Coral. In 2016 the city's top five employers were the Lee Memorial Hospital, Lee County School System, Publix Supermarkets, City of Cape Coral and Walmart. The economy is expected to grow over the next few years. The growth is predicted to be fueled by the growth of health care, retail and construction industries. The economic growth is forecast to be between 2 and 4 percent per year, depending on the type of industry. The Cape Coral economy is projected to grow at a rate of 2 to 3 percent over the coming years. It is projected that the economy will grow at least 5 percent over that time period. The current growth rate is estimated to be around 2.5 percent. The estimated growth rate for the next five years is around 3.5 to 4 percent, based on the current growth rates of the health care industry and retail. The projected growth rate of the economy over that period is about 2.7 to 3.0 percent, according to the Cape Coral economic development office. It's estimated that the growth rate will continue to be about 2 to 4 per cent per year until the end of the decade. It will then be about 1 to 2 per cent for the following five years, depending upon the growth rates in health care and retail industries. It could be as high as 5 per cent in the next decade.

Arts and culture

Gator Mike's Family Fun Park is an amusement park in Cape Coral, Florida. The facility includes a mini-golf course, Go-Karts, zip lining, bungee jumping, and more. Cape Coral Lee County Public Library had 175,000 books in 2002. Northwest Regional Library holds over 70,000 items. Both city libraries are part of the Lee County Library System. The Cape Coral Public Library is open seven days a week, seven days per week. The Northwest Regional library is open six days aweek, seven times a week. It is located on the east side of the city, near the intersection of State Road 436 and State Road 7. The library has a branch on the west side, on the north side of State Route 7. It was opened in 1998 and has a collection of more than 1,000,000 volumes. It also has a satellite branch on State Road 8, which is on the south side of Cape Coral. It opened in 1999 and is known as the Cape Coral Regional Public Library. It has a library on the first floor and a branch in the second floor. The public library has two branches on the third floor, one of which is open 24 hours a day. The libraries are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days each week. They are located on State Route 8, on Cape Coral's east side, and on State Highway 7, which runs from Cape Coral to Fort Myers. The city's public library is also located on state Highway 7.

Parks and recreation

Over 30 recreational parks which includes playgrounds, open fields, pavilions, workout equipment, walking paths, and golf courses. A sandy beach and fishing pier on the Caloosahatchee River at the public Yacht Basin and Club. The largest population of burrowing owls in Florida. An elevated nature trail through Florida mangroves at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. A beach with a swimming pool and a hot tub at the SunSplash Water Park. An open field with playgrounds and open fields for children to play. A swimming pool with a hot pool and hot tub for kids to play in at the Sunshine State Aquatic Center. A fishing pier at the Yacht basin and Club for fishing and snorkeling with a beach and swimming pool at the Caloozee River. A golf course at the Florida Golf and Country Club for golfers to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. A hiking trail through the Florida Mangroves for those who want to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the natural beauty of the state. A trail for walkers and runners through the mangrove area at the Fourmile Cove Environmental Preserve for the first time in the state's history. a trail for runners and walkers to explore the area's unique ecosystem, including the Florida Everglades and the Everglade National Scenic Area. A water park with a heated pool for swimming and sunbathing for the second time in Florida's history, and a water park for the third time.


The City of Cape Coral operates under the council-manager government form of government. City Council members are elected at large from seven districts. The mayor is also elected atlarge and is the eighth member of the council. The City Council unanimously voted 61 to appoint council member John Gunter to the position of mayor. The city provides police and fire services within the city. It is located on the Florida Turnpike, which runs from Fort Myers to Cape Coral. It has a population of 1.2 million people. It was founded in 1883. It's located on Cape Coral Road, near the intersection of US Highway 1 and Florida Highway 1. It also has a port, which is on the Coral River, which was built in 1881. It serves as a hub for the Fort Myers-Cape Coral International Airport, which serves as the city's main hub for international travel. The airport is also the location of the Cape Coral Airport Authority, which provides the city with a fleet of ambulances and other emergency vehicles. It provides emergency services for the city and surrounding areas. The Cape Coral Police Department provides police, fire and ambulance services. The Coral River Fire Department provides fire and rescue services in the city, as well as emergency medical services in other parts of the city such as shelters and emergency vehicles such as air ambulances. It operates under a contract with the Florida Department of Health and Human Services, which covers Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Coral Springs, and Fort Myers.


Cape Coral is part of the Lee County School District, which operates 8 elementary, 6 middle, and 5 high schools. The City of Cape Coral has created a municipal charter school system, known as Oasis Charter Schools. Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) opened in 1997 in nearby Fort Myers and now serves more than 12,000 students. Florida SouthWestern State College offers associate and bachelor's degrees, plus technical training in fields such as allied health programs, computer networking & programming, business administration, paralegal, criminal justice and fire science. Other colleges and universities serving the area are Hodges University, Southwest Florida College and Rasmussen College. Employer-specific training, both on and off-site, is available through Business and Industry Services of Lee County which maintains an office in Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Technical College provides training in medical, computer and food-science fields. Cape Coral is also home to the Cape Coral Public School System, a postsecondary educational institution operated by Lee County public school system. In 2009 enrollment was more than 16,000Students on four campuses, including FGCU, which offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, including an executive master's program, a college of business and engineering and biotechnology programs. The school system also operates a high school, Island Coast High School, which opened its doors for the 2008-2009 school year. In addition to the public schools, there are two municipal charter schools, which use the Core Knowledge and Cambridge Curricula.


Cape Coral's 400-mile (640 km) canal system provides many residents with waterfront living with access to the Gulf of Mexico via the broad Caloosahatchee River and Matlacha Pass. The city has approximately 1,100 miles (1,800 km) of roadways. In 1977, Cape Coral became the first municipality in the United States to use the reverse osmosis process on a large scale with an initial operating capacity of 3,000,000 gallons (11,000 m3) per day. By 1985, the city had the largest low pressure water pressure plant in the world, capable of producing 15 MGD (56,780 m³/day) Cape Coral operates the largest water treatment facility in the U.S., with a capacity of 15 million gallons (56 million m3 per day) The city is 14 miles (23 km) from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), which serves nearly ten-million passengers annually. In December 2012, the Lee County VA Healthcare Center opened on Diplomat Parkway, providing a large range of medical services to veterans. Lee Health is planning to open a new hospital, similar to Lee Health Coconut Point, on SW Pine Island Rd near Burnt Store Rd. by 2030. In 2021, Bayfront Health opened a freestanding Emergency Room & Urgent Care Center in Northeast Cape Coral along Del Prado Blvd. The following year, HCA Florida opened a 24-7 Emergency Care Room along Pine Island Road.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida = 92.6. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Cape Coral = 6.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 194,016 individuals with a median age of 38.8 age the population grows by 69.69% in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,829.84 residents per square mile of area (706.51/km²). There are average 2.52 people per household in the 68,585 households with an average household income of $56,017 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 13.00% of the available work force and has dropped -8.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 9.72%. The number of physicians in Cape Coral per 100,000 population = 196.8.


The annual rainfall in Cape Coral = 54.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 112. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 265. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 28, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida which are owned by the occupant = 71.43%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 12 years with median home cost = $94,050 and home appreciation of -19.61%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.05 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,162 per student. There are 17.6 students for each teacher in the school, 814 students for each Librarian and 598 students for each Counselor. 7.66% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.26% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.39% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Cape Coral's population in Lee County, Florida of 2,882 residents in 1900 has increased 67,32-fold to 194,016 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.82% female residents and 49.18% male residents live in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida.

    As of 2020 in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida are married and the remaining 34.14% are single population.

  • 27.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Cape Coral require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.64% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.17% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.35% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.71% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida, 71.43% are owner-occupied homes, another 16.61% are rented apartments, and the remaining 11.96% are vacant.

  • The 36.97% of the population in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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