Cape Coral, Florida

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Cape Coral (image top) and Fort Myers from space, July 1997

Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 102,286.

Cape Coral (known locally as the Cape) was built over 40 years ago by two land speculators, the Rosen brothers, who believed that the property's location on the Gulf Coast would be attractive to homebuyers. They purchased the property, platted the community, and created a system of canals spanning more than 400 miles, which were dug up to elevate the land, most of which was below sea level. At 115 square miles, Cape Coral is the third-largest city in Florida (in terms of land area).

The city is divided into four quadrants--northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast--with most of the streets being numbered. Santa Barbara Boulevard divides the city into east and west, while Hancock Bridge Parkway (east of Santa Barbara) and Embers Parkway (west of Santa Barbara) divide the city into north and south.

Incorporated as a city in 1970, Cape Coral is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida, featuring numerous waterfront properties on canals, lakes, and basins; many of which have direct access to the Pine Island Sound and Caloosahatchee River.

The city has many public parks and recreation areas. It is also home to several golf courses.

Geography

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Location of Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is located at 26°38'23" North, 81°58'57" West (26.639600, -81.982471)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 298.1 km² (115.1 mi²). 272.4 km² (105.2 mi²) of it is land and 25.7 km² (9.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 8.61% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 102,286 people, 40,768 households, and 30,209 families residing in the city. The population density is 375.4/km² (972.4/mi²). There are 45,653 housing units at an average density of 167.6/km² (434.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.01% White, 2.00% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 8.33% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 40,768 households out of which 29.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% are married couples living together, 9.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% are non-families. 19.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 2.85.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $43,410, and the median income for a family is $47,503. Males have a median income of $32,320 versus $25,068 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,021. 7.0% of the population and 5.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.2% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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