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Posted on: August 22, 2019

Fort Myers named 2019’s 8th Best City to Retire in Florida

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FORT MYERS, FL (Aug. 22, 2019) – The personal finance outlet has named Fort Myers as 2019’s 8th best city to retire in Florida. To determine where retirees might look forward to living out their best years in the Sunshine State, WalletHub’s data analysts compared more than 100 of its largest cities across 28 key indicators of retiree-friendliness. The full study can be found here:

Some of individual category retiree-friendliness rankings (1=Best; 58=Average) for Fort Myers are as follows:

  • 39th – Adjusted cost of living
  • 42nd – Percent of population aged 65 and older
  • 55th – Percent of workers aged 65 and older
  • 13th – Health care facilities per capita
  • 13th – Fishing facilities per capita
  • 35th – Property crime rate
  • 13th - Weather

“Fort Myers is trending with all ages, not just retirees,” said Mayor Randall Henderson. “We’ve placed an emphasis on attracting new residents with our abundance of local amenities, creating an irresistible quality of life.” The latest population estimates from the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) indicate the City of Fort Myers as of April 1, 2019 has 87,871 permanent residents, an increase of more than 7 percent from the city's 2018 numbers. The city's rate of growth has doubled; in 2018 the growth rate was 3.5 percent.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or

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