“Both Collier and Lee counties have been among the very strongest population growth markets in the entire nation over the past five years,” said Brian Alford, Florida director of market analytics for CoStar Group, which specializes in worldwide real estate data. “There have also been numerous corporate relocations and expansions over the past decade, including large expansions over the past couple of years by firms such as Gartner and Arthrex, adding even more jobs.” (Naples Daily News)
Some of the workers live in Bonita Springs, about halfway between Naples and Fort Myers. Incorporated only at the start of this century, Bonita for the first time barely edged into the Top 50 of the most populated in Florida, joining Cape Coral, Fort Myers and North Port.
“Demand to move here has always been strong, but lately, low interest rate policy, and coupled with lockdown fatigue up north, increased demand even more, which explains the larger-than-expected increases in population down here,” said economist Christopher Westley, dean of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business. (more…)