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Town Profile: Naples, Florida

Naples is a city in Collier County and the principal city of the Naples–Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Naples is known for world class shopping, dining and numerous, challenging golf courses. Considered to be the crown jewel of Southwest Florida, Naples has an abundance of sun drenched beaches, friendly parks, green spaces and recreational facilities. In 2009, Naples was ranked as one of 10 pricey cities worth its high cost.

The Naples Area is home to several major land reserves, including the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand State Forest and The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary known for its 11,000 acres of landscape and wildlife, as well as a two and a half mile length boardwalk winding through the sanctuary.

The Naples, FL Fishing Pier photo courtesy of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

The Naples Fishing Pier courtesy of
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

The above information can be found at, a comprehensive guide to Naples with information about attractions, activities, accommodations, arts and entertainment, sightseeing, events, golf, fishing, history and culture, weather, night life, shopping, business, real estate, what's new in Naples, health and fitness, dining, boating, marinas and services, transportation, beaches, parks, helpful phone numbers, maps and photos.

Naples Real Estate:

Areas like Bayfront, in the heart of Old Naples, offers restaurants, exclusive boutiques and all the sophistication of a seaside European town. Neighborhoods like Lake Park, with its winding streets and small Cracker-style houses, have managed to keep their small-town charm in a rapidly growing city. Naples is also an excellent destination for those in search of high-class luxury living, whether you're looking for a high-rise condo on the beach or a private mansion in a private golf community.

According to the National Golf Foundation, Naples typically ranks either first or second in its national Golf Holes Per Capita surveys. With an impressive list of more than 70 public, private, and semi-private courses, there are courses for players of every skill level to enjoy with a variety of options at your fingertips. In addition, research shows that many of today's home buyers are looking for homes in neighborhoods that offer golf and tennis access. The Naples area offers more than 40 such communities. Information courtesy of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce website which features an online directory for businesses who offer real estate services.

Naples Florida Demographics:

Naples is a principal city of the Naples–Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated total population of 315,839 on July 1, 2007. As of the census of 2000, there were 20,976 people, 10,803 households, and 6,568 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,744.3 per square mile. There were 16,956 housing units at an average density of 1,410.0 per square mile. The median income for a household in the city was $71,553, and the median income for a family was $102,262. The per capita income for the city was $61,141. As of July 1, 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 21,653.

Naples FL Economy:

The economy of Naples is based largely on tourism. Major Naples private employers include Beasley Broadcast Group and ASG. Due to the wealth present in Collier County, Naples is also home to many small non-profit organizations. The Naples metro area is home to major private employers such as Fortune 1000 company Health Management Associates, technology company INgage Networks, and medical equipment manufacturer Arthrex, located just north of the city in North Naples.

Naples Education:

Florida Gulf Coast University in nearby Fort Myers operates continuing education classes from their Naples Center campus. Other nearby Southwest Florida institutions include Ave Maria University - 35 miles northeast of Naples, Edison State College - 7 miles east of Naples, and Hodges University - 10 miles northeast of Naples in Fort Myers. Information from Wikipedia.

Naples area Attractions:

The Naples Players, founded in 1953, is a community theatre company located in Sugden Community Theatre at 701 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. It has been named the "Best Live Theatre" in Southwest Florida nine times by the readers poll of The Naples Daily News.

The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is unique among arts centers in that it features both the performing and visual arts in a single complex and also hosts a resident orchestra. In addition to the 1,425-seat main hall and a 282-seat black box theater, the Phil has four museum-quality art galleries, which showcase traveling and exclusive exhibitions. Each season, the Phil is host to more than 400 individual events.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a nationally accredited zoo with a paved path that winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants. The best of the zoo can be seen by taking in the full day of fun and entertaining presentations and activities. Located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples, FL 34102

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge consists of 35,000 acres of refuge that protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species. Roughly 200 species of fish have been documented in the area and much of the sea grass beds and mangrove bottoms serve as vital nursery areas for marine fish. Over 189 species of birds use the refuge at some time during the year. Common mammals found in the area include raccoon, river otter, and bottle-nosed dolphins. Headquarters for the refuge are located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd. Naples, FL, within the Comfort Inn at exit 101 on I-75.

Naples Shopping:

Downtown Naples is home to the 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South shopping districts, which feature a variety of antique shops and Gallery Row, a concentration of numerous art galleries spread throughout the downtown area.

The Village on Venetian Bay is an upscale open-air shopping district on the Gulf coast.

The Waterside Shops, located directly off of Tamiami Trail is an upscale open-air center.

The open-air waterfront Tin City shopping district, near downtown on Naples Bay and the Gordon River, specializes in antiques and handmade local novelties.

Local newspaper:

Naples Daily News

Naples 55 Plus Retirement Communities:

Glenview at Pelican Bay retirement community Naples, FLThe Glenview at Pelican Bay retirement community in Naples, Florida provides all the luxury, amenities and services of a world-class beach front resort. As an equity ownership, not-for-profit retirement community, Glenview is wholly owned by its residents. The Glenview at Pelican Bay is embraced by natural preserve land, with private beach access in one of Naples’ most exclusive settings.

At Glenview you're only minutes away from your favorite places like the Philharmonic Center, Pelican Bay Community Center, tennis, golf, beach front restaurants, world-class resorts and the area’s most notable attractions. While enjoying your active retirement lifestyle, you can have peace of mind knowing that the Glenview community is enhanced by superior on-site health care.