Population Surges Again in Lee and Collier Counties


Both Lee and Collier Counties in Florida have seen a population increase since 2010.  This increase is influenced by the low prices of homes in these counties more and more people are taking advantage of.  Baby boomers and even retirees who are in the search of acquiring a second home in Florida are  another reason why the population is growing in these two counties.

From 2010 to 2012, the population in Collier County has increased to 3.1% while in Lee County the population has grown to 2.6%.   This information has been based from the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida where data and estimates in population are analyzed.

In Lee County, the Fort Myers population has grown the most.  Its population has grown to 7.3% from 2010 to 2012.  The Bureaus estimated population for 2012 is around 66,835 which were up from 62,298 in 2010.  The increase in population was based on the electronic submissions supplied by the Lee County Department of Community Development.

After Fort Myers, the next areas which posted a considerable increase in population are Cape Coral at 3.8% and Bonita Springs with 2.8%.  Among the areasMr. Jack McCabe, an independent housing analyst who noted that the increase in population in these areas is a positive sign and this rise in the population is expected to further continue within the next 20 years.in Lee County, only Fort Myers Beach had shown a drop in population with 0.38
This increase in population, the analyst notes, is due to retirees and individuals who are looking for low priced homes and foreigners who are taking up residence in the state.

Some experts may say that this increase in population is also playing a role in the number of people employed.  There were 241,562 employed individual from January 2010 but in January 2012 I had grown to 253,704.  In Collier County, the numbers of employed individuals were 127,877 in January 2010 but increased to 139,939 as of January 2012.

This is also evidenced by the number of unemployed in Lee County.   From January 2010, the number of unemployed was at 13.3% and dropped to 9.9% in January 2012.  In Collier County, the number of unemployed was from 11.8% from January 2010 and dropped to 8.7% in January 2012.

Aside from the fact that both counties are considered as prime locations for second homes, employment opportunities  such as seasonal jobs  is also impacting the increase in population.
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