Fort Myers, FL Senior Guide

The Fort Myers, FL Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Fort Myers live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Fort Myers with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Fort Myers, FL seniors.

  • 14% of the population of Fort Myers, FL are seniors Source:
  • 30% of those seniors living in Fort Myers, FL are living alone Source:
  • 9% of Fort Myers senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 28% less than $20k Source: ACS
  • 26% of Fort Myers, FL residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Fort Myers is $17,641/year Source: ACS
  • The median household income for a Fort Myers senior is $36,326 Source: ACS
  • Compared to other states, Florida ranks 44th for Long Term Care and 27th for America's Health Rankings Source:
  • There are 1,349 working seniors in Fort Myers Source: ACS
  • 23% of the seniors in Fort Myers are veterans Source: ACS

Population by Age

children (20%) working aged (65%) seniors (14%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Fort Myers, FL.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 2,730 seniors living alone in Fort Myers. Of these, 68% are female. Source:

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

67% of males 65 and older are married compared with 43% of females.
43% of females are widowed compared with 10% of males. Source:

Marital Status



Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built



Year Current Resident Moved In



Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 2% of Fort Myers senior households do not have access to phone service.



Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 17% of Fort Myers senior households do not have access to a vehicle.



Units in Rental Building

51% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Florida

Care TypeFlorida Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
Assisted Living$3,150$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Florida with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Florida Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

Click here for an expanded view of Florida's Long Term Care Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionFlorida 2011 RankFlorida 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank#35#35
Choice of Setting & Provider#37#41
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank#44#43
Support for Family Caregivers#41#40
Effective Transitions Rank#N/A#14
Overall Rank#44#44

Data from - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Florida

Click here for an expanded view of Florida's America's Health Rankings® for seniors.

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Florida 2013 Rank Florida 2015 Rank
Overall #27 #27
All Determinants #30 #28
Behaviors #26 #30
Smoking #9 #22
Chronic Drinking #49 #42
Obesity #11 #10
Underweight #8 #37
Physical Inactivity #21 #20
Dental Visit #22 #24
Pain Management #45 #14
Education #19 #20
Community #40 #32
Community & Environment - Macro #48 #37
Poverty #35 #39
Volunteerism #50 #42
Nursing Home Quality #15 #22
Community & Environment - Micro #30 #24
Food Insecurity #42 #28
Community Support #7 #7
Policy #17 #14
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents #13 #13
Prescription Drug Coverage #15 #15
Geriatrician Shortfall #34 #37
Clinical Care #7 #20
Dedicated Health Care Provider #7 #14
Flu Vaccine #36 #47
Health Screenings #7 #20
Recommended Hospital Care #8 #5
Diabetes Management #1 #1
Home Health Care #50 #50
Preventable Hospitalizations #28 #30
Hospital Readmissions #33 #36
Hospice Care #3 #4
Hospital Deaths #15 #9
All Outcomes #27 #32
ICU Use #49 #49
Falls #9 #7
Hip Fracture #23 #28
Health Status #23 #28
Able-bodied #14 #12
Premature Death #9 #8
Teeth Extractions #8 #22
Poor Mental Health Days #43 #41
Multiple Chronic Conditions #50 #50
Cognition #28 #29
Depression #28 #22

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Fort Myers, FL financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Fort Myers is $36,326 Source: ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

41% of senior households in Fort Myers earn less than $30,000 per year, while 16% earn more than $100K/year

Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Fort Myers is $17,641 Source: ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Fort Myers is $31,647 Source: ACS
13% of seniors in Fort Myers, FL are employed. Source: ACS

Employment Status



How Seniors Travel to/from Work

33% of Fort Myers seniors have a college degree. Source: ACS

Highest Level of Education



88% of seniors living in Fort Myers speak English at home. Source: ACS
8% of the seniors in Fort Myers are below the poverty level. Source: ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level



Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

44% of senior homeowners in Fort Myers have a mortgage. Source: ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs

    Services Provided: Long-term Care Ombudsman, State Agency on Aging
    4040 Esplanade Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Jeffrey Bragg - Secretary
    (850) 414-2000
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, EST Monday to Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida

    Services Provided: Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health Insurance Counseling, Information and Assistance, Legal Services
    15201 North Cleveland Avenue
    North Fort Myers, FL 33903
    Marianne Lorini
    (239) 652-6900
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, EST Monday to Friday
  • Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline - Florida

    Services Provided: Elder Abuse Prevention
    1317 Winewood Boulevard
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Pat Badland
    (850) 487-6100
    24 hours 7 days a week
  • Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) Program

    Services Provided: Health Insurance Counseling
    4040 Esplanade Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    Anne Rogers
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm, EST Monday to Friday
  • Florida Senior Legal Helpline

    Services Provided: Legal Services
    1302 North 19th St Suite 400
    Tampa, FL 33605
    Richard C. Woltmann, Executive Director
    (888) 895-7873 (statewide)
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm, EST Monday to Friday

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Sources - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years. ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.