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Top 10 Reasons to Move to Fort Myers

Discover why many are moving to the City of Palms.

If you recently visited the Fort Myers or SW Florida area on a vacation and gave some thought as to living here year-round, you're definitely not alone.  With our growing economy, strong job market and affordable real estate, there are so many great reasons to move to Fort Myers!  Whether you’re a young professional seeking career opportunities or you're looking for the perfect destination to retire, come see what Fort Myers is all about!  Below are my TOP 10 reasons to relocate to Fort Myers.

Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to Fort Myers

  1. Fort Myers is a Best City to Retire In
    Fort Myers was recently Named the #7 Best Place to Retire in the entire US by US News & World Report (2022) as well as the #1 Best Place to Retire in Florida by SmartAsset (2019). These studies were based upon several factors including the happiness of local residents, local tax rates, the affordability of housing as well as quality healthcare quality to seniors. View Best Places to Retire List.

    # City Median Home Price Median Age
    1 Sarasota, FL $482,283 49.2 yrs
    2 Naples, FL $592,152 66.0 yrs
    3 Daytona Beach, FL $258,082 42.5 yrs
    4 Melbourne, FL $366,047 42.6 yrs
    5 Lancaster, PA $317,902 38.6 yrs
    6 Tampa, FL $408,997 35.7 yrs
    7 Fort Myers, FL $382,935 40.6 yrs
      Rankings are based upon the largest 150 metropolitan areas in the country.
  2. Fort Myers is the Fastest Growing City in America
    The city of Fort Myers was recently ranked as the #1 Fastest-Growing City in the entire US by WalletHub (2020). View City Rankings. This study was based upon 17 key factors of both growth and decline over a period of 7 years from 515 cities nationwide. Since the 2010 census with a city population at 62,298, Fort Myers has now grown to 87,103 (2019 data) which represents a 39.8% increase in population.
  3. There is No State Income Tax in Florida!
    One BIG reason why many choose to relocate to the sunshine state is the lack of a state income tax. Yep, you read that correctly! In lieu of a state tax, the State of Florida earns a healthy income from the millions of tourists that vacation in the state each year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) on revenues from rental property and hotel stays that are for a term of six month or less. Once you declare residency in Florida, you will be thankful for the many tourists as they are paying your share of the state taxes.
  4. Top-Rated Fort Myers & Captiva Island Beaches
    The beaches of Lee County are among some of most beautiful and popular in our state. Fort Myers Beach, lined with waterfront restaurants and open-air bars, was recently ranked the as the 14th best beach in the US by TripAdvisor (2018). Sanibel, and nearby Captiva to the north, are consistently ranked among some of the best in the world for shelling. Shelling is the act of locating, observing and collecting sea shells. Sanibel Island Beaches
  5. Fort Myers Real Estate Offers Good Value
    The Fort Myers real estate market has reasonably priced options for both the working class and retirees alike. In late June of 2022, the median home price in Ft Myers is $382,935 whereas the median home price in Lee County is $421,954. Having a water view or living on a golf course will obviously cost you extra. To make a comparison, the median home price in Naples is roughly 200K more at $592,152 which makes Fort Myers a great value.
  6. Fort Myers is an Outdoor Year-Round Playground
    With an average temperature of 74 degrees year-round and 271 sunny days per year, Fort Myers is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy a great workout in the sunshine, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding through natural mangroves to see Florida wild birds and abundant sea life. If you are seeking a more relaxed activity, rent or charter a boat for a day and explore the waterways, islands and remote sand bars.
  7. Fort Myers Has a Strong Economy & Job Market
    The Fort Myers employment and job market has been very strong in recent years with unemployment at only 3.7 percent. The top industries in Fort Myers include hospitality, healthcare, education, trades, retail and professional services. The biggest and largest employers in Lee County include Lee Health System, the Lee County School District, local City Government and Publix Supermarkets.
  8. Fort Myers Has Endless Events to Check Out
    Fort Myers and SW Florida offers residents an active scene of year-round events, great performances and outdoor festivals to continually check out. In addition, there are also many popular community events that take place each year including Artfest Fort Myers, The Southwest Florida Music Festival, Crafts on the River, The Craft Beer & Music Festival, The Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest and many more!
  9. Fort Myers Has Great Dining Options
    The Fort Myers area offers a full array of casual outdoor eateries to elegant, five-star restaurants to enjoy. There are also many new, trendy craft breweries and beer gardens to visit. These locations offer a casual environment, are pet-friendly and many have daily live entertainment. Downtown Fort Myers, Cape Coral (near the bridge) and Fort Myers Beach are some of these trendy places to check out!
  10. Fort Myers is a Great Small City to Start a Business
    With an increasing population, Fort Myers makes a great small city to start a business. WalletHub recently ranked Fort Myers as the #3 Best small city in the entire US (out of 1,200 small-sized cities) to start a new business based upon 18 key factors including average growth, number of small businesses currently in the area, investor access as well as local labor costs. View WalletHub Ranking

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