Cape Coral is one of the cities in Florida’s Lee County. Its population is about 154,300. The city was established in 1957 and its growth has largely been fuelled by real estate developments. Cape Coral was initially considered a great place for retirees but this has changed over the years with the construction boom that attracted younger inhabitants and nearly 20% of them are seasonal residents.
This city covers about 120 sq. miles and about 9% of it is water. Cape Coral is one of the largest peninsulas. Canals cover a significant portion of this city and some allow easy entry into the Gulf of Mexico.
Cape Coral gets sunshine about 355 days a year. Its summers tend to be rainy, humid, and quite warm. The winter brings in moderate temperatures. The city’s rainy season is between May and September. Rains tend to be quite heavy during the summer. The city also experiences a hurricane season between June and November each year.
In terms of population, this is one of the largest cities in Florida. Most of the residents are between 15 and 64 years over. Younger residents outnumber the older ones. Median household income is about $43,400 while median family income is around $47,500. Male residents tend to have a higher income compared to the female ones.
English is widely used in Cape Coral but other languages such as Italian, Tagalog, German, Spanish, and Italian are also spoken by some of the residents.
This city is governed by a council-manager government. There are seven districts and each one of them is required to elect a city council member. A mayor is also elected and is considered the council’s 8th member.
The city is connected to the Midwestern states and Tampa through Interstate 75, which passes about 10 miles away. It also borders U.S. Highway 41. State Route 78 offers easy access to both I-75 and U.S. 41. Roadways cover about 1100 miles in this Florida city.
There are two bridges that connect this city to Fort Myers including the Cape Coral Bridge and Midpoint Memorial Bridge.
Residents access public transit services from LeeTran. The company has a bus service that operates on 18 fixed routes, 6 of which are within the city. The services are available from Monday to Saturday from 5am to 9.45 pm but this may vary depending on the route.
Southwest Florida International Airport serves Cape Coral city. This airport is served by 20 international and national airlines. Other airports that serve the area include Charlotte County Airport and Page Field.
Residents access medical care from Cape Coral Hospital and the Lee County VA healthcare center.
Cape Coral’s economy is largely supported by services offered by the local government including real estate, retail, and healthcare. Some of the leading employers in the city include:
- Cape Coral Hospital
- Cape Coral City Hall
- Lee County School district
- Publix Supermarkets
The school system includes 4 public high schools. Cape Coral also has a charter system that includes 2 elementary schools, a middle school, and high school. There are several colleges and universities including:
- Florida Southwestern State College
- Florida Gulf Coast University
- Rasmussen College
- Southwest Florida College
- Hodges University
- Cape Coral Institute of Technology