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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fishermen wading in Fort Myers Beach
Fishermen wading in Fort Myers Beach
Location in Lee County and the state of Florida
Location in Lee County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Lee
 • Total 6.17 sq mi (15.98 km2)
 • Land 2.78 sq mi (7.20 km2)
 • Water 3.39 sq mi (8.78 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total 5,582
 • Density 2,006.47/sq mi (774.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 239
FIPS code 12-24150
GNIS feature ID 0282701

Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,277 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was officially incorporated on December 31, 1995.


Fort Myers Beach is located at 26°26′19″N 81°55′32″W / 26.43861°N 81.92556°W / 26.43861; -81.92556 (26.438676, -81.925620).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (53.41%) is water. The town is situated on the barrier island of Estero Island.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,463
1970 4,305 74.8%
1980 5,753 33.6%
1990 9,284 61.4%
2000 6,561 −29.3%
2010 6,277 −4.3%

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,277 people in 3,444 households residing in the town. The population density was 2,262.8 people per square mile (848.2/km2). There were 9,402 housing units at an average density of 3,248.3 per square mile (1,273.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 3,444 households, out of which 7.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.81 and the average family size was 2.23.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 5.4% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 11.6% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 45.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 63.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,213, and the median income for a family was $79,292. Males had a median income of $41,761 versus $39,961 for females. The per capita income for the town was $57,902.

Public transportation

Fort Myers Beach is served by LeeTran buses operated by the county.


Fort Myers Beach skyline at sunset


Primary schools

  • Fort Myers Beach Elementary School: the only primary school located on Fort Myers Beach. The school is limited to children who live on Estero and San Carlos Islands or have families who work on the Beach. Fort Myers Beach is the smallest public elementary school in Lee County. It is an A-ranked school.

Secondary schools

There are no secondary schools on Fort Myers Beach. See Lee County School District for other public schools in Lee County that school-age children on Fort Myers can attend.

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