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Naples, Florida
Banyan and Gulf Shore
Banyan and Gulf Shore
Official seal of Naples, Florida
Naples on the Gulf
Location in Collier County and the state of Florida
Location in Collier County and the state of Florida
Naples, Florida is located in the United States
Naples, Florida
Naples, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
County Collier
Settled November 6, 1886 (1886-11-06)
Incorporated (town) December 1, 1923
Incorporated (city) May 25, 1949
 • Type Council-manager
 • City 16.46 sq mi (42.64 km2)
 • Land 12.30 sq mi (31.87 km2)
 • Water 4.16 sq mi (10.77 km2)  25.09%
3 ft (1 m)
 • City 19,115
 • Density 1,553.56/sq mi (599.81/km2)
 • Metro
322,000 (Estimation)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 239
FIPS code 12-47625
GNIS feature ID 0287528

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 19,115. Naples is a principal city of the Naples-Marco Island, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of about 322,000 as of 2015.

The city is mostly known for its high-priced homes, white-sand beaches, and numerous golf courses. Naples is the self-titled "Golf Capital of the World", as it has the second most holes per capita out of all communities, and the most holes of any city in Florida. The city is also known for being appealing to retirees, and a large percent of the population is made up of them.


The city of Naples was founded during the late 1880s by former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman, the publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Throughout the 1870s and '80s, magazine and newspaper stories telling of the area's mild climate and abundant fish and game likened it to the sunny Italian peninsula. The name Naples caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy". Major development was anticipated after the railroad reached Naples on January 7, 1927, and the Tamiami Trail linking Naples to Miami was completed in 1928, but did not begin until after the Great Depression and World War II. During the war the U.S. Army Air Forces built a small airfield and used it for training purposes; it is now the Naples Municipal Airport.

Fill was required to repair damage from a 1945 hurricane. A local dredging company, Forrest Walker & Sons, created a lake north of 16th Avenue S, between Gordon Drive and Gulf Shore Boulevard. In 1949, Forrest Walker asked Mr. Rust to sell him the 296 acres (120 ha) from Jamaica Channel to today's 14th Avenue S. The Jamaica Channel was widened, one canal was dredged, and 14th Avenue S was created by March 1950; a new subdivision was named "Aqualane Shores" at the opening party that same year. Additional channels were eventually added to the south of 14th Avenue S and are named alphabetically for local water birds. The first channel south of 14th Avenue S is Anhinga Channel, then Bittern Channel is south of 15th Avenue S, Crane Channel is south of 16th Avenue S, Duck Channel is south of 17th Avenue S, and Egret Channel is north of 21st Avenue S. From the channels there are coves named Flamingo, Gull, Heron, and Ibis, as well as the original Aqua Cove. These initial channels, canals, and coves were dredged and bulldozed from the mangrove swamps. Where shallow rock precluded digging, land was filled to create lots with navigable water.

The Aqualane Shores Association was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on February 3, 1966. It served lot owners in the area roughly bounded by the Bay of Naples to the east, Gordon Drive to the west, and the land between 14th Avenue and 21st Avenue S, as well as Marina Drive, Forrest Lane, and Southwinds Drive. Thirty years later, in 1996, a state-mandated city master plan renamed the area to the Aqualane Shores Neighborhood and extended its boundary west to the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Bay of Naples, and the area from 14th Avenue S all the way south to Jamaica Channel. The numerous canals and waterfront homes add a distinctive feature to the south portion of Naples and provide access to the Gulf of Mexico for many homeowners.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 391
1940 1,253 220.5%
1950 1,465 16.9%
1960 4,656 217.8%
1970 12,042 158.6%
1980 17,581 46.0%
1990 19,508 11.0%
2000 20,981 7.6%
2010 19,539 −6.9%
2015 (est.) 21,512 10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 391
1940 1,253 220.5%
1950 1,465 16.9%
1960 4,656 217.8%
1970 12,042 158.6%
1980 17,581 46.0%
1990 19,508 11.0%
2000 20,981 7.6%
2010 19,539 −6.9%
2020 19,115 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Naples racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 17,087 89.39%
Black or African American (NH) 495 2.59%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 17 0.09%
Asian (NH) 190 0.99%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 75 0.39%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 299 1.56%
Hispanic or Latino 950 4.97%
Total 19,115

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,115 people, 10,797 households, and 6,441 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 19,537 people, 9,710 households, and 6,568 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,744.3 per square mile (673.2/km2). There were 16,957 housing units at an average density of 1,410.0 per square mile (544.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 4.5% Black, 0.12% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population. The largest self-identified ancestry/ethnic groups in Naples were German-American 20.0%, English-American 19.2%, Irish-American 17.8% and Italian-American 9.2%.

There were 9,708 households, out of which 10.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. Thirty-four percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 10.9% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 14.5% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 42.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $71,553, and the median income for a family was $102,262. Males had a median income of $86,092 versus $30,948 for females. The per capita income for the city was $61,141. About 3.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Geography and climate

Naples is located in southwest Florida at 26.139, −81.795 on U.S. Highway 41 between Miami to the east and Fort Myers to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.4 square miles (42.5 km2), of which 12.3 square miles (31.9 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), or 25.09%, is water.

Naples experiences a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw). Although some precipitation falls year round, the great majority of it falls in the summertime between June and September.

Climate data for Naples, Florida (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
Average high °F (°C) 74.7
Daily mean °F (°C) 64.4
Average low °F (°C) 53.1
Record low °F (°C) 26
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.06
Sunshine hours 150.3 155.3 165.3 195.4 225.1 290.2 295.2 275.3 250.1 200.4 175.6 160.7 2,737.6
Source: NOAA



Since February 2001, Naples has been served by several bus routes operated by the Collier Area Transit. Service runs seven days a week and end times depend on the route. Highways that pass through Naples are I-75 and US-41.


The city is served by the Naples Airport, and although it doesn't have any scheduled commercial service, it is one of the busiest private jet airports in the United States. The nearest airports are Southwest Florida International Airport about 30 minutes away, Punta Gorda Airport about an hour away, and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport about 90 minutes away.

Area attractions

Tourism is a major industry for the city. The Naples area is home to several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is known not only for its 11,000 acres (45 km2) of landscape and wildlife, but for a two and a half-mile long boardwalk winding through the sanctuary. The Naples area is also home to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, which dates back to 1919.

The city is served by the Naples Municipal Airport.

Downtown Naples is home to The Naples Players, the 5th Avenue South, and 3rd Street South shopping districts, which feature a variety of antique shops. Gallery Row is a concentration among the numerous art galleries spread throughout the downtown area. The Village on Venetian Bay is an upscale open-air shopping district on the Gulf coast. Located directly off of Tamiami Trail are the Waterside Shops, an upscale open-air center. Near downtown on Naples Bay and the Gordon River is the shopping district of Tin City. This open-air shopping center specializes in antiques and handmade local novelties. Also, near downtown is Big Cypress Market Place with over 100 diverse vendors. Naples hosts The Oliver Group Champions Cup of the Outback Champions Tennis Series each year. Naples is also the home of swamp buggy races, held three times each year at the Florida Sports Park.

The Naples Half Marathon is a half marathon held every year in Naples since 1989, with record participation in 2013 of 2,038 runners. The race has been called one of the best half-marathons in the United States by Runner's World magazine.

Performing arts and culture

Naples is home to The Naples Players, Opera Naples, the Equity Theatre Companies Theatre Zone, and Gulfshore Playhouse. The Naples Philharmonic and the Baker Museum are located at Artis—Naples, which also serves as the educational campus for the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic Youth Chorus. The Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida educates about 155,000 students each year both in its facility and with a locally traveling exhibit.

Beaches, parks, and recreation areas

The beach on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico is more than 10 miles (16 km) long and is known for its cleanliness and pristine white sand. In 2005, Naples was voted the best beach in America by the Travel Channel.

Naples area beaches include:

The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the area's better-known landmarks.

With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled "Golf Capital of the World", claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.

In December 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist met with Chicago Cubs president Crane Kenney, chairman Tom Ricketts and other team officials about possibly moving the Cubs' spring training and minor league facilities from Mesa, Arizona, to Naples.

Points of interest

Naples Florida City Hall2016
The front entrance of Naples City Hall.
  • Keewaydin Club
  • The Naples Players
  • The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Theatre Zone Equity Theatre Company
  • Palm Cottage
  • Naples Depot
  • Gulfshore Playhouse, an Equity Theatre Company
  • The Naples Preserve
  • Freedom Park
  • Ron Uribe
  • Naples Zoo
  • Artis—Naples
  • Bayshore Arts District


The economy of Naples is based largely on tourism and was historically based on real estate development and agriculture. Due to its proximity to the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, Naples is also popular among ecotourists.

Companies based in Naples include ACI Worldwide, Beasley Broadcast Group, ASG Technologies, and Arthrex, a global medical device company, in addition to numerous small businesses. Due to the wealth present in Collier County, Naples is also home to many small non-profit organizations. The surrounding Naples metro area is also home to major private employers such as Fortune 1000 company Health Management Associates and technology company NewsBank.

In 2009, Naples placed 10th in a report by U.S. News & World Report titled "10 Pricey Cities That Pay Off." The report ranked cities by its "amenity value," a measurement based on the amount of satisfaction an asset brings to its owner. In 2012, a report by Kiplinger ranked Naples with the sixth-highest per capita income in the country, along with the second-highest proportion of millionaires per capita in the US.


The last LPGA golf tournament played each year, the CME Group Tour Championship, has been held in Naples since 2012. Since 2013, it has been played at the Gold Course of the Tiburón Golf Club. It claims the largest purse and the largest winner's share of any women's golf tournament, presently $5,000,000 and $1,500,000 respectively. The purse and winner's share increase in 2022, to $7,000,000 and $2,000,000 respectively.

Swamp Buggy Day races- Naples, Florida (3324165294)
Swamp Buggy races in Naples

Pickleball is an increasingly popular sport in Naples. Because of this, many parks have added pickleball courts. Naples is home to the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, which have been held annually since 2016.

In December 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist met with Chicago Cubs president Crane Kenney, chairman Tom Ricketts and other team officials about possibly moving the Cubs' spring training and minor league facilities from Mesa, Arizona, to Naples. The Cubs eventually chose to stay in Mesa and build a new facility there.

Naples has a semi-pro soccer team, Naples United FC, which was founded in 2017. They currently play in the Sunshine Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.

Naples is also the home of swamp buggy races, held three times each year at the Florida Sports Park. The swamp buggy was invented in Naples.


Naples is served by the District School Board of Collier County and various private institutions, including the following:

  • St. Elizabeth Seton School (private)
  • Naples High School (City of Naples, public)
  • Barron G. Collier High School (public)
  • Gulf Coast High School (public)
  • St. John Neumann High School (private)
  • Golden Gate High School (public)
  • Lely High School (public)
  • Palmetto Ridge High School (public)
  • Community School of Naples (private)
  • Seacrest Country Day School (private)
  • First Baptist Academy (private)
  • Mason Classical Academy (charter)
  • Lorenzo Walker Technical High School (public)
  • Naples Christian Academy (private)
  • Saint Ann School (private)
  • Naples Classical Academy (charter)

Colleges and universities

While no colleges are based within the city limits, Ave Maria School of Law is located in Vineyards, and Florida SouthWestern State College has a satellite campus in Lely Resort. Also, Florida Gulf Coast University operates continuing education classes from their Downtown Naples campus, and Hodges University has a campus in North Naples. Higher education institutions close to Naples include:

  • Ave Maria University (35 miles northeast of Naples)
  • Florida SouthWestern State College (30 miles northwest of Naples)
  • Hodges University (35 miles north of Naples)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (8 miles northeast of Naples)

Notable people

  • Bill Bain, management consultant, founder of Bain & Company
  • Ben Bova, award-winning science fiction author and science author
  • Bob Seger, musician who has a residence in Naples
  • Hayden Buckley, professional golfer
  • Mary Carillo, former professional tennis player, now a sportscaster
  • Wrinkles the Clown, performance artist
  • Michael Collins (1930–2021), Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot
  • Robin Cook, author
  • Glennon Doyle, author, blogger, and activist
  • Keith Eloi, 2003 Lely high graduate, wide receiver in the UFL and AFL
  • Dominic Fike, rapper
  • Earnest Graham, former NFL running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Garnet Hathaway, born in Naples and plays for the Washington Capitals
  • Carlos Hyde, current NFL running back, part of the Naples High graduation class of 2009
  • Shahid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, English soccer club Fulham and Flex-N-Gate
  • John Kruk, Major League Baseball player and broadcaster (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Mickey Kuhn, child actor
  • Denny Laine, first lead singer of The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker's Airforce, and Paul McCartney and Wings
  • Alex Lifeson, rock musician, has a home in Naples
  • Fred McCrary, former NFL player, graduated from Naples High School in 1991
  • Tim McGeary, international singer/songwriter/entertainer
  • James Morgan, scenic designer and Producing Artistic Director of the York Theatre
  • John Lodge, British musician for The Moody Blues, bought a home in Naples in 2015
  • Earl Morrall, two-time Super Bowl champion and former NFL quarterback, died in 2014
  • Piotr Nowak, former soccer player and head coach of United States U-23 men's national soccer team, D.C. United and Philadelphia Union
  • Jake O'Connell, former NFL tight end that went to Gulf Coast High School
  • Drew O'Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, had a residence in Naples
  • Chris Resop, former MLB pitcher
  • Rick Scott, U.S. Senator and former Governor of Florida
  • Richard M. Schulze, businessman, best known as the founder of Best Buy
  • Judith Sheindlin, better known to the public as Judge Judy, author and television personality (Pelican Bay)
  • Donna Summer, entertainer; died at her Naples home in 2012
  • Peter Thomas, narrator of television programs
  • Abby Wambach, former professional soccer player, has a home in Naples
  • Jesse Witten, professional tennis player
  • Sonny Jurgensen, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
  • Mike Ditka, former NFL player and coach, part-time Naples resident

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