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Lee County, Florida

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Lee County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population is 440,888. Its county seat is Fort Myers, Florida6.

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History

Lee County was created in 1887. It was named for Robert E. Lee, general in the American Civil War.

In August 2004, the county was hit hard by Hurricane Charley, particularly on the northwestern islands.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,139 km² (1,212 mi²). 2,081 km² (804 mi²) of it is land and 1,057 km² (408 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 33.69% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 440,888 people, 188,599 households, and 127,681 families residing in the county. The population density is 212/km² (549/mi²). There are 245,405 housing units at an average density of 118/km² (305/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.69% White, 6.59% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.07% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 9.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 188,599 households out of which 22.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% are married couples living together, 8.70% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% are non-families. 25.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.73.

In the county the population is spread out with 19.60% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 25.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $40,319, and the median income for a family is $46,430. Males have a median income of $31,247 versus $24,380 for females. The per capita income for the county is $24,542. 9.70% of the population and 6.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.20% of those under the age of 18 and 5.60% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

Incorporated

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Islands

  • Pine Island
  • Matlacha Island
  • Sanibel Island
  • Captiva Island
  • North Captiva Island
  • Cayo Costa
  • Useppa Island
  • Cabbage Cay
  • Estero Island
  • Little Hickory Island
  • Big Hickory Island (Lover's Key)

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Special Districts

Judicial branch


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