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The largest county in Southwest Florida, Lee County is nestled along the Gulf of Mexico, featuring 50 miles of sandy white beaches. Lee County is known for its world-class tarpon fishing, recreational boating and championship golf courses, along with its rich history as the winter home and laboratory for Thomas Edison. It has long been the spring training headquarters for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Lee County stretches from Cape Coral in the north, the largest city in the county with 161,000 residents, to Bonita Springs in the south, from world-renown Sanibel Island to the west to rural LaBelle in the east. Lee County is recognized as a business friendly, innovative county, attracting and retaining global corporations such as Chico’s, Hertz Global Holdings, Gartner, and Algenol Biofuels. Lee County’s largest employer, Lee Memorial Health System, employs over 10,400 employees and is nationally recognized as a leader in the healthcare industry. The educational network in Lee County is comprised of regionally and nationally recognized institutions such as Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College, Nova Southeastern, ITT Technical Institute, Hodges University and many more. Key statistics include:

  • Population: 633,968
  • Median age: 46.0
  • Median household income: $47,439
  • Mean household income: $67,429
  • Employed: 260,431
  • Median single-family home sales price: $228,000
  • Number of students in the K-12 public system: 87,120
  • Number of tourists annually: 5.0 million (2014)
  • Land area in square miles: 785

Source 2012 ACS Census and local information collected by RERI, Florida Gulf Coast University

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Nicknamed the “Paradise Coast,” Collier County is located along the southern portion of Southwest Florida’s stretch of white sand beaches. Collier County encompasses 2,025 square miles, making it the largest county in the State of Florida. Prized for bountiful fishing opportunities and rare bird sightings, Collier County stretches from Barefoot Beach Preserve to the southern tip of Marco Island’s South Beach. Collier County is home to a world-class leader of excellence in healthcare, NCH Healthcare System, which is located in the heart of Naples and has over 2,600 employees. Global medical device developer, Arthrex, Inc., has over 1,300 employees and is also headquartered in Naples. The largest employer in Collier County is the Collier County School District, with over 5,200 employees. In addition to beautiful beaches and a great business climate, Collier County also has numerous state parks and protected sanctuaries, including the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, attracting visitors from around the world. Key statistics include:

  • Population: 328,209 (2013)
  • Average age: 47.6
  • Median household income: $55,843 (ACS 2013)
  • Mean household income: $91,387
  • Employed: 132,851
  • Median home sales price: $375,000 (April 2015)
  • Number of students in the K-12 public system: 42,648
  • Number of tourists annually: 1.7 Million
  • Land area in square miles: 1,998

Source: 2012 American Community Survey and RERI, Florida Gulf Coast University

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Charlotte County is located along the northern portion of Southwest Florida’s gulf coast, stretching over 12 miles of beautiful white sand beaches. The Charlotte Harbor includes one of the world’s largest protected marine estuaries encompassing 270 square miles with 219 miles of natural shore line. With beautiful year-round temperatures and plenty of sunshine, Charlotte County is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors as well as conduct business. One of Charlotte County’s top employers, with close to 2,500 employees, is the Charlotte County School District. With over 2,200 employees, Health Management Association provides industry leading medical care with two medical center locations and eight other locations throughout Charlotte County. Charlotte County draws thousands every year to experience the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament held off the shore of Boca Grande, along with Gasparilla Island State Park and Cayo Costa State Park. The year-round fishing opportunities and annual tournaments contribute to the success of Charlotte County’s robust economy. Key statistics include:

  • Population: 161,276 (2013)
  • Average age: 56.7
  • Median household income: $44,378 (ACS 2013)
  • Mean household income: $57,495
  • Employed: 55,998
  • Median single-family home sales price: $162,000 (April 2015)
  • Number of students in the K-12 public system:15,724 (2014)
  • Number of tourists annually: 275,000 (estimate based on tourist tax revenues, RERI)
  • Land area in square miles: 680

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Source: 2013 American Community Survey and RERI, Florida Gulf Coast University Glades County, named after the Florida Everglades, is located in south central Florida on the western bank of Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee is the largest fresh water lake in Florida and adds tremendous value to the quality of life in Glades County. Largely an agricultural community, Glades County utilizes its natural resources of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River in the production of citrus, sugar cane and cattle, as well as recreational activities including fishing, boating and bird watching. Glades County is 986 square miles with 774 square miles of land and 213 square miles of water. Glades County’s largest employer, with 264 employees, is The GEO Group Inc., the world’s leading provider of correctional and detention management and community reentry services to federal, state and local government agencies. The Glades County Government, with 203 employees, and the Glades County School District, with 128 employees, are among the other top employers. Key statistics include:

  • Population: 13,080 (2013)
  • Average age: 43.8 (2009-2013)
  • Median household income: $34,694
  • Mean household income: $43,249
  • Employment: 4,259
  • Median home sales price: $144,850 (2012 FGDC)
  • Number of students in the K-12 public system: 1,742
  • Number of tourists annually: not available
  • Land area is square miles: 806

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Hendry County is an agricultural community located on the southwestern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The southernmost area of Hendry County backs up to the saw grass marshes of the Florida Everglades. Hendry County’s agricultural community utilizes over 72 percent of the land to support its main production of citrus, sugar and fresh vegetables. Annual festivals of all kinds, including nationally renowned fishing tournaments, showcase Hendry’s natural beauty, which is evident in the flora and fauna seen daily. By far the largest employer in Hendry County, United States Sugar Corporation has close to 1,500 employees. US Sugar is one of the nation’s largest producers of sugar cane, orange juice products and a regional short-line railroad operator. Coming in second with 733 employees is the Hendry County School District. Key statistics include:

  • Population: 37,447 (2012)
  • Average age: 32.8
  • Median household income: $35,736 (ACS 2008-12)
  • Mean household income: $48,121
  • Employment: 15,380 (May 2014 SA)
  • Median home sales price: $65,000 (2012 FGDC)
  • Number of students in the K-12 public system: 6,762 (2013 FDE)
  • Number of tourists annually: Not available
  • Land area in square miles: 1,153

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