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Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of
Lee County, Florida. The population was 48,208 at the 2000 census.
According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau's Estimates, the city had a
population of 60,531.
The city is one of two major cities that make up the Cape Coral-Fort
Myers MSA, the other being Cape Coral. As of July 1, 2006, the population
estimate for the metropolitan area was 571,344.
Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of
Lee County. It is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a
major tourist destination in Florida. The winter homes of Thomas Edison
(Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes), which are both primary
tourist attractions in the region, are located on McGregor Boulevard in
Incorporated in 1886, Fort Myers is the center of a popular tourist area
in Southwest Florida and the seat of Lee County. It is located about 120
miles south of Tampa at the meeting point of the Gulf of Mexico and the
Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers was the frequent winter home of Thomas
Edison and is the current home of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins
spring training camps.
Fort Myers, built in 1850 as a military fort to fend off Seminole Indians
that were massacring the area's few settlers, was named after Col.
Abraham C. Myers, who was stationed in Florida for seven years and was
the son-in-law of the fort's establisher and commander. In 1858, after
years of elusive battle, Chief Billy Bowlegs and his warriors were
persuaded to surrender and move west, and the fort was abandoned. Billy's
Creek, which flows into the Caloosahatchee River and runs between The
Beau Rivage Condominiums and Alta Mar, was named after a temporary camp
where Billy Bowlegs and his men awaited ships to take them west.
The fort was abandoned until 1863 when a small number of Federal troops
re-occupied the fort during the Civil War. In 1865 the fort was attacked
unsuccessfully by a very small group of Confederates. After the war, the
fort was again deserted.
The first settlers arrived in 1866, but it wasn't until 1882 when the
city experienced a significant influx of settlers. By 1885, when Fort
Myers was incorporated, it was the second largest city only to Tampa on
Florida's west coast south of Cedar Key even larger than Clearwater and
Sarasota, also growing cities at the time.
Fort Myers first became a nationally known winter resort with the
building of The Royal Palm Hotel in 1898. But what really sparked the
city's growth was the construction of the Tamiami Trail Bridge built
across the Caloosahatchee River in 1924. After the bridge's construction,
the city experienced its first real estate boom and many subdivisions
sprouted around the city.
Zip codes: 33901, 33905, 33907, 33908, 33912,
33913, 33916, 33919.
* The first known resident of Fort Myers was Manuel
Gonzalez, a Spaniard from the province of Asturias, who had come by way
of Cuba and settled there in the 19th century.
* Fort Myers Senior High School, an International Baccalaureate school,
was ranked as one of the best schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine.
* Dunbar High School's Science Olympiad teams won 15th place overall in
the 2007 Florida State Science Olympiad, including a win in the remote
sensing category. 
* The abandoned city scene from Day of the Dead was filmed in downtown
Fort Myers. 
* Local private school Canterbury was listed in Forbes's "Top 400
Schools to Get Your Kid into Harvard". Canterbury students have also
won the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Grand Award
five times in the past 20 years.
Fort Myers has experienced steady growth.
As of the census of 2006, there were 65,729 people, 19,107 households,
and 10,738 families residing in the city. The population density was
584.8/km² (1,514.6/mi²). There were 21,836 housing units at an average
density of 264.9/km² (686.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was
56.35% White, 33.39% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.98%
Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.69% from other races, and 3.11% from two
or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.49% of the
There were 19,107 households out of which 28.9% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together,
18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were
non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and
12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18,
11.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.3%
who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every
100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over,
there were 95.3 males.
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