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"City of Palms"
Fort Myers is a city in Lee County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Col. Abraham C. Myers.
The latitude of Fort Myers is 26.640N. The longitude is -81.872W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 51,028.
Thomas Edison planted palm trees along McGregor Boulevard in the early 1900s. Other residents followed and now the street is lined with palms.
Downtown Fort Myers declined in the 1970s, but restoration efforts have sparked commercial redevelopment in recent years.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Fort Myers demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lee County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Fort Myers-Cape Coral area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 33901 ZIP code.
11% of Fort Myers residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Myers ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Myers was $17,312, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Fort Myers residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Fort Myers include Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Fort Myers, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $508. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $796.
Libraries in Fort Myers include Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Library, Lee County Library System, Riverdale Branch Library, Rutenberg Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Fort Myers include Fort Myers News-Press
TV stations in Fort Myers include WBBH, WEVU-CA, WGCU, WINK.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WGCU-FM.
Lee County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Myers political report.
The average commute time for Fort Myers workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 55 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Myers between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 11.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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