October 31, 2014

Community Portrait

Naples

| 11/1/2010
Naples - Bayfront Inn
The view from Bayfront Inn. Naples is awash in upscale condos and restaurants. [Photo:Amber Frederiksen]

Who Lives Here?

Population

» Naples: 21,651 (up 5.8% since 2000)

» Immokalee (unincorporated community): 20,000-plus

» Marco Island: 16,816

» Naples Manor: 6,398

» Everglades City: 616

» Ave Marie: 550, not including students enrolled at Ave Maria University

» Collier County: 333,032, with 90% of the population living in urban areas. Peak season population swells to nearly 400,000 countywide.

Key Demographics

» White, non-Hispanic: 92.1% in the city; 67.6% in the county

» African-American: 4.1% city; 5.8% county

» Hispanic: 2.8% city; 25.1 county

» Collier County has the largest land area (2,025 square miles) of any county in Florida. It ranks 15th in population.

» The county’s median age of 44.3 is are nearly four years older than the state’s median age. More than 25% of the county’s residents are 65 or older, compared with 17.1% statewide.

» Nearly 24% of the county’s residents are foreign born, compared with 18.7% statewide.

» Residents are more likely to have dropped out of school — 15.8% lack high school diplomas compared with 15.1% statewide — but are more likely to have a graduate or professional degree: 11.6% vs. 9% statewide.

» Naples residents stay put. From 2006 to 2008, 91% lived in the same home they lived in a year earlier.

Politics

» Collier County’s voters are mostly Republican: 91,711, compared with 46,116 Democrats. The rest of the county’s 179,979 registered voters are categorized as “other.” The McCain/Palin ticket won the 2008 presidential election in Collier County, 60.8% to 38.3% for Obama/Biden.

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