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
Fort Myers is a Great City to Retire In
Fort Myers was recently Named the #2 Best Place to Retire in the entire US by US News & World Report (2018) as well as the 8th Best Place to Retire in Florida by WalletHub (2017). 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.
US News & World Report Ranking | WalletHub Ranking
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 (2018). View City Rankings. This study was based upon 15 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 79,973 (2017 data) which represents a 28.3% increase in population.
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Population Growth of Fort Myers vs Similar Small Cities in Florida
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.
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
Bowman Beach, Sanibel Island
Fort Myers Real Estate is Affordable
The Fort Myers real estate market has affordable options for both working the working class and retirees alike. At the end of 2018, the median home price in Ft Myers was $210,000 whereas the median home price in Lee County was $230,000. Having a water view or living on a gold course will obviously cost you extra. To make a comparison, the median home price in Naples is over 100K more at $324,300 which makes Fort Myers a great value.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 #10 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
Your Fort Myers Relocation Expert
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Your Fort Myers Relocation Specialist
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Jenna Scharf - Your Ft Myers Relocation Specialist
3850 Colonial Blvd, Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33966 (239) 222-8104Phone
Jenna Scharf is licensed Fort Myers Realtor who assists clients with their move and relocation to the Fort Myers area. She is a Fort Myers area resident and looks forward to helping you with your Fort Myers home search. [ License # SL3339999]
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