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Old 11-26-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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As per today, if you take all of Lee and Collier and perhaps western Hendry (LaBelle, Palmdale), the population is close to 1 million, perhaps a bit more about 1.1 or 1.2 millions, if together they would comprise the fifth largest metro area in Florida. For some reason, Naples and Fort Myers keep separate MSA's.

So do you believe that in 25 years as more people move to FL both counties could be become say as large as Orlando? What "tropical" area in Florida will there be available for those looking for "not too much people" ifwe take into account Tampa Bay, SW FL and SoFla are big metro areas? I believe the Ft. Pierce and Pt. St. Lucie areas area growing as well and north of that you are already in the Orlando metro area (Volusia, Brevard).
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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I grew up in SWFL, compared to how isolated the two areas used to be from each other, I already consider them one metro area today (I would even consider most of Charlotte County part of the SWFL metro area). Growing up in Ft. Myers, Naples and Port Charlotte did seem like far off distinct communities, nowadays Naples is pretty much south metro area and Fort Myers/Cape Coral Central Metro Area. I know people who live in Ft. Myers and work in Naples and vice versa. I would consider going to Bonita or Naples for dining, shopping, entertainment without much second thought. Most of the local area high schools all play each in sports. To me it meets the criteria of one single metro area for most practical purposes.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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Although it often seems as if one town runs into the other, I would never consider Naples, Fort Myers and Port Charlotte to all be in the same general metro area.

However, I do agree that there's plenty of room for growth in all 3 counties, but I doubt if we'll ever see the kind of population explosion we experienced in 2000-2005 for decades, if ever. At least we're no longer losing people, but the population is increasing by around 2% a year now. I also think it's difficult to judge by the sale of houses over the past 2 years, since investors were scooping up foreclosures by their talons like vultures.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Although it often seems as if one town runs into the other, I would never consider Naples, Fort Myers and Port Charlotte to all be in the same general metro area.

However, I do agree that there's plenty of room for growth in all 3 counties, but I doubt if we'll ever see the kind of population explosion we experienced in 2000-2005 for decades, if ever. At least we're no longer losing people, but the population is increasing by around 2% a year now. I also think it's difficult to judge by the sale of houses over the past 2 years, since investors were scooping up foreclosures by their talons like vultures.
I agree. I have never considered Fort Myers and Naples or Fort Myers and Port Charlotte the same in any way. I honestly don't even consider driving to either for dinner or shopping and really don't enjoy the drive. I will do pretty much whatever I can to avoid driving to either of these areas.
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