Lee County, FL

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2022 Population
772,902
2.75% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marco Rubio
Republican Party
US Senator
Rick Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
49.1
0.409% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.7%
2.86% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$69,368
9.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$290,900
17.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
332,507
2.94% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lee County, FL had a population of 773k people with a median age of 49.1 and a median household income of $69,368. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lee County, FL grew from 752,251 to 772,902, a 2.75% increase and its median household income grew from $63,235 to $69,368, a 9.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.94%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.09%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.73%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.6%).

None of the households in Lee County, FL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.7% of the residents in Lee County, FL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, FL are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,719 degrees awarded in 2022), Florida SouthWestern State College (2,916 degrees), and Southern Technical College (709 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lee County, FL was $290,900, and the homeownership rate was 73.3%.

Most people in Lee County, FL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, FL was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Lee County, FL is home to a population of 773k people, from which 91.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 17.5% of Lee County, FL residents were born outside of the country (136k people).

In 2022, there were 6.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (498k people) in Lee County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.8k White (Hispanic) and 70.2k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91.7%
2022 Citizenship
91.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 91.7% of Lee County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, FL was 91.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, FL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    498k ± 1.67k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    76.8k ± 3.69k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    70.2k ± 3.88k
23.1%
Hispanic Population
179k people

In 2022, there were 6.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (498k people) in Lee County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 76.8k White (Hispanic) and 70.2k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.1% of the people in Lee County, FL are hispanic (179k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lee County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Cuba
    1,003,261 ± 24,014 people
  2. Haiti
    344,713 ± 14,299 people
  3. Colombia
    299,067 ± 13,333 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 1,003,261 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 344,713 and Colombia with 299,067.

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Foreign-Born Population

17.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
136k people
17.1%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
129k people

As of 2022, 17.5% of Lee County, FL residents (136k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, FL was 17.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    21,836 ± 986
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,845 ± 832
  3. Korea
    4,880 ± 582

Lee County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lee County, FL employs 333k people. The largest industries in Lee County, FL are Retail Trade (47,694 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (45,817 people), and Construction (39,813 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($83,750), Finance & Insurance ($62,697), and Public Administration ($59,828).

Males in Florida have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,054. The income inequality in Florida (measured using the Gini index) is 0.474, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

333k
2022 Value
± 5,493
2.94%
1 Year growth
± 2.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 2.94%, from 323k employees to 333k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (42,676 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,457 people), and Management Occupations (33,540 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, FL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

333k
2022 Value
± 5,493
2.94%
1 Year growth
± 2.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 2.94%, from 323k employees to 333k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, FL, are Retail Trade (47,694 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (45,817 people), and Construction (39,813 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, FL, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,128
Median earning men ± $738
$34,867
Median earning women ± $772

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($64,927), Information ($64,293), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($60,634).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($52,775), Information ($46,397), and Wholesale Trade ($45,313).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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4.23%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 9.69M people employed in Florida. This represents a 4.23% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.6%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,475
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,374
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 4,940
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, FL went to Donald J. Trump with 59.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (40%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.512%).

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing the state of Florida. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Florida is currently represented by 28 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Florida

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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Rick Scott
Senator from Florida1
Assumed office on January 8, 2019
Inauguration delayed in order to finish his term as Governor of Florida.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing Florida.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Florida

Florida is currently represented by 28 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Florida have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lee County, FL awarded 9,276 degrees. The student population of Lee County, FL in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 12,973 male students and 20,260 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, FL are White (4,695 and 51.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,764 and 30.3%), Black or African American (989 and 10.9%), and Two or More Races (251 and 2.75%).

The largest universities in Lee County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,719 and 40.1%), Florida SouthWestern State College (2,916 and 31.4%), and Southern Technical College (709 and 7.64%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, FL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,907 and 20.6%), Registered Nursing (626 and 6.75%), and General Business Administration & Management (413 and 4.45%).

The median tuition costs in Lee County, FL are $15,000 for private four year colleges, and $3,314 and $16,039 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Lee County, FL, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 24.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 33,233 (39% men and 61% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 33,233 students enrolled in Lee County, FL, 39% men and 61% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 15,960 records, of which 59.6% were women and 40.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 242 degrees awarded
  2. 305 degrees awarded
  3. 262 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lee County, FL was General Business Administration & Management with 242 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lee County, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,719 degrees awarded
  2. 2,916 degrees awarded
  3. 709 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Florida Gulf Coast University with 3,719 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,400 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, FL, which is 0.579 times less than the 5,876 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,695 degrees mean that there were 1.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,764 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($19,375) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,875) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,950) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.19% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.2% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (4.97M), Some college (3.58M), and Bachelors Degree (3.32M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, FL was $290,900 in 2022, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $248,300 to $290,900, a 17.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, FL is 73.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lee County, FL have an average commute time of 27.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lee County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lee County, FL is $69,368. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, FL was Census Tract 503.05 with a value of $162,850, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 802.04, with respective values of $162,308 and $138,000.

In 2022, 17.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.69%.

Property

$290,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,752
$228,142
Median Property Taxes
±$3,796

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

73.3%
Homeownership
2022
65.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.3% of the housing units in Lee County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 503.05
  2. Census Tract 9
  3. Census Tract 802.04

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, FL was Census Tract 503.05 with a value of $162,850, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 802.04, with respective values of $162,308 and $138,000.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lee County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$69,368
Median Household Income
± $834
311k
Number of Households
± 4,979

In 2022, the median household income of the 311k households in Lee County, FL grew to $69,368 from the previous year's value of $63,235.

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, FL is from Florida.
0.474
2022 Wage GINI in Florida
0.473
2021 Wage GINI in Florida

In 2022, the income inequality in Florida was 0.474 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.4%)
  3. Carpooled (9.63%)

In 2022, 74.8% of workers in Lee County, FL drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.4%) and those who carpooled to work (9.63%).

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Commute Time

27.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, FL have a longer commute time (27.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.13% of the workforce in Lee County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 17.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.69%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, FL (89.1k out of 762k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lee County, FL is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 14.7% of the children was living in poverty in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 11%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 348 in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 35.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

87.2% of the population of Lee County, FL has health coverage, with 33.7% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 21.7% on Medicare, 17% on non-group plans, and 1.43% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see 1538 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.654% increase from the previous year (1528 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1987 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 799 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,538 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, FL

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see an average of 1,538 patients per year. This represents a 0.654% increase from the previous year (1,528 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 18.5% under 18 years, 16.9% between 18 and 34 years, 36% between 35 and 64 years, and 28.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.8%
Uninsured
33.7%
Employer Coverage
13.3%
Medicaid
21.7%
Medicare
17%
Non-Group
1.43%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, FL declined by 2.26% from 13.1% to 12.8%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.7 in Lee County, FL.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30.1% in Lee County, FL.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 17.9% in Lee County, FL.

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