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Quality Of Life

The five counties of Southwest Florida are best known for their tropical climate with plenty of sunshine, water, wildlife and a unique environmental ecosystem consisting of preserves, sanctuaries, swamps and estuaries.

The region has 1.2 million residents and a workforce of over 500,000. While the area is a magnet for retirees and snowbirds, 20 percent of the population is 19 or younger, compared to 33 percent 60 and older. The major cities are Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Marco Island, Sanibel, Boca Grande and Captiva.

Southwest Florida features:

  • Robust arts and entertainment, from shopping centers to the symphony, Broadway shows to art festivals, fine dining to fabulous sunrises and sunsets.
  • World-renowned attractions from the Edison Ford Winter Estates to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park to the Babcock Wilderness Preserve.
  • Professional and amateur sports events year-round, including spring training for the Boston Red Sox, the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Fort Myers Miracle. It is known as the golfing capital of the world with more than 150 courses.
  • A wide range of housing on and off the water, on and off golf courses, in town and out in the countryside.
  • A focus on safety and healthy lifestyles.
  • Ten universities and colleges, strong public and private school systems, and five technical vocational schools.