Cape Coral, Florida
Southwest Florida’s Slice of Paradise
Cape Coral FL is a city located on the north bank of the Caloosahatchee River across from Fort Myers in Southwest Florida. Its major access highways are US-41 and I-75.
The History of Cape Coral
How it all got started
Cape Coral was founded in 1957 when two real-estate developers, Leonard and Jack Rosen, purchased a 100-square-mile plus tract of land with a small group of partners for $700,000. The land was then known as Redfish point. After creating many miles of canals, the land was transformed into Cape Coral. The brothers created the Gulf American Land Corporation and began to market the land as a master-planned community and waterfront wonderland.
The first four homes were completed in May of 1958. Early development occurred primarily south of Cape Coral Parkway.
The city’s first bridge to Fort Myers, the Cape Coral bridge, was opened in 1964.
The City of Cape Coral was incorporated in 1970.
Cape Coral Is Growing Fast
Cape Coral’s Population
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the Fort Myers/Cape Coral Metro area is now the 15th fastest growing city in the US. A recent report points out that Bonita Springs and Fort Myers are the only two Florida cities among the country's 15 fastest growing by percentage.
With a 2020 population of 204,549, it is the 8th largest city in Florida and the 116th largest city in the United States . Cape Coral is currently growing at a rate of 2.52% annually and its population has increased by 32.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 154,305 in 2010. Cape Coral reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 119 miles, Cape Coral has a population density of 1,931 people per square mile.
The average household income in Cape Coral is $76,925 with a poverty rate of 10.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,244 per month, and the median house value is $229,400. The median age in Cape Coral is 46.7 years, 45.8 years for males, and 47.7 years for females.
Cape Coral Age and Gender Statistics
Almost all residents speak English at home, however, there are other residents who speak Spanish, Italian, French, German and Tagalog at home, with nearly 13% of the population speaking a language other than English at home.
Cape Coral has a short history but during that short time it has experienced substantial population growth. A population of just over 10,000 in 1970 more than tripled in 1980. By 2000, the population exceeded 100,000. Current estimates show that Cape Coral’s population is up
16.5% since the last census, indicating that this city is well on its way to reaching 200,000 residents.
Cape Coral Demographics
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cape Coralwas:
● White: 89.47%
● Black or African American: 5.23%
● Asian: 1.80%
● Other race: 1.76%
● Two or more races: 1.56%
● Native American: 0.17%
● Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
Things to do in Cape Coral Florida
If you’re just visiting or you’re a new resident, here’s the top things to do in Cape Coral FL.
Four Mile Ecological Preserve
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Sun Splash Family Waterpark
400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Cape Coral Museum of History
544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House
Rotary Park, 1340, 1372 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral, FL 33914
3916 Ceitus Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Yacht Club Community Park
5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral, FL 33904
Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral, FL 33914
Tropical Breeze Fun Park
234 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library