Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities, and broadly shared prosperity.

Lee County is the economic center of the five counties that make up Southwest Florida. The region includes Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties along the gulf coast, along with two rural inland counties, Glades and Hendry. From agriculture to manufacturing, information technology to life sciences, and tourism to sports, each county offers a unique combination of features that contribute to our vibrant and growing economy. The incorporated cities, towns, and villages in Lee County are Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Estero, and Sanibel.


Regional Population & Job Growth


Southwest Florida

1.4 million (est.) population, which has increased 21.5% since 2010.
2021-2026 expected population growth increase: 12.1%
2016-2021 jobs increased by 7.6%, from 274,434 to 295,232, outpacing the national growth rate of 1.9%

Lee County

2022 Population (est.): 802,178
2020-2025 Projected Annual Growth: 1.91%
Median Household Income: $63,235
Median Home Value: $287,526
U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, State of Florida (2022).