Lee County, FL

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2020 Population
756,570
2.59% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marco Rubio
Republican Party
US Senator
Rick Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
48.8
0.619% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.8%
9.72% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$59,608
3.07% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$235,300
4.67% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
323,278
4.63% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Lee County, FL had a population of 757k people with a median age of 48.8 and a median household income of $59,608. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Lee County, FL grew from 737,468 to 756,570, a 2.59% increase and its median household income grew from $57,832 to $59,608, a 3.07% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.3%), White (Hispanic) (15%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.94%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.41%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.06%).

None of the households in Lee County, FL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.8% of the residents in Lee County, FL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, FL are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,598 degrees awarded in 2020), Florida SouthWestern State College (3,194 degrees), and Fort Myers Technical College (586 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Lee County, FL was $235,300, and the homeownership rate was 72.7%.

Most people in Lee County, FL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, FL was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Lee County, FL is home to a population of 757k people, from which 91.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 16.6% of Lee County, FL residents were born outside of the country (126k people).

In 2020, there were 4.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (502k people) in Lee County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 113k White (Hispanic) and 60k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91.8%
2020 Citizenship
91.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 91.8% of Lee County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, FL was 91.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, FL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    502k ± 1.93k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    113k ± 2.59k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    60k ± 1.06k
21.9%
Hispanic Population
165k people

In 2020, there were 4.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (502k people) in Lee County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 113k White (Hispanic) and 60k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

21.9% of the people in Lee County, FL are hispanic (165k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lee County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Cuba
    1,006,483 ± 24,039 people
  2. Haiti
    335,997 ± 14,118 people
  3. Colombia
    281,766 ± 12,945 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 1,006,483 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 335,997 and Colombia with 281,766.

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Foreign-Born Population

16.6%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
126k people
16.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
124k people

As of 2020, 16.6% of Lee County, FL residents (126k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, FL was 16.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    22,574 ± 1,232
  2. Korea
    5,852 ± 553
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,389 ± 807

Lee County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Lee County, FL employs 323k people. The largest industries in Lee County, FL are Retail Trade (46,949 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (43,280 people), and Construction (39,129 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($71,016), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,470), and Finance & Insurance ($52,109).

Males in Florida have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,168. The income inequality in Florida (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

323k
2020 Value
± 5,630
4.63%
1 Year growth
± 2.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 4.63%, from 309k employees to 323k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (42,841 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (39,588 people), and Management Occupations (30,980 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, FL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

323k
2020 Value
± 5,630
4.63%
1 Year growth
± 2.22%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, FL grew at a rate of 4.63%, from 309k employees to 323k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, FL, are Retail Trade (46,949 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (43,280 people), and Construction (39,129 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, FL, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,075
Median earning men ± $850
$30,027
Median earning women ± $855

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($55,192), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,195), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($50,673).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($44,045), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,110), and Wholesale Trade ($39,195).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Florida. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Florida.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 6,475
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,374
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 4,940
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.01M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $2M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. $1.54M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $94.8B
  2. $62.6B
  3. $59.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $94.8B, followed by Electronics ($62.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($59.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$688B
2020 Value in Florida
$1.41T
Projected 2050 Value in Florida
105% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $688B. This is expected to increase 105% to $1.41T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $24.9B
  2. $19.2B
  3. $15.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $24.9B, followed by California with $19.2B and Texas and $15.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, FL went to Donald J. Trump with 59.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (40%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.512%).

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing the state of Florida. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Florida

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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Rick Scott
Senator from Florida1
Assumed office on January 8, 2019
Inauguration delayed in order to finish his term as Governor of Florida.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing Florida.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Florida over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Florida

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Florida have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Lee County, FL awarded 8,800 degrees. The student population of Lee County, FL in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 12,807 male students and 21,399 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, FL are White (4,727 and 54.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,431 and 28.1%), Black or African American (863 and 9.99%), and Two or More Races (248 and 2.87%).

The largest universities in Lee County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Florida Gulf Coast University (3,598 and 40.9%), Florida SouthWestern State College (3,194 and 36.3%), and Fort Myers Technical College (586 and 6.66%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, FL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,242 and 25.5%), Registered Nursing (619 and 7.03%), and General Business Administration & Management (315 and 3.58%).

The median tuition costs in Lee County, FL are $14,160 for private four year colleges, and $3,314 and $16,039 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Lee County, FL, the percentage of applicants admitted was 77.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 21.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 34,206 (37.4% men and 62.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 34,206 students enrolled in Lee County, FL, 37.4% men and 62.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 17,101 records, of which 60.9% were women and 39.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 193 degree-majors awarded
  2. 287 degree-majors awarded
  3. 194 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lee County, FL was General Business Administration & Management with 193 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lee County, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,598 degrees awarded
  2. 3,194 degrees awarded
  3. 586 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Florida Gulf Coast University with 3,598 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 3,200 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, FL, which is 0.571 times less than the 5,600 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,727 degrees mean that there were 1.94 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,431 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($17,409) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,875) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,575) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.09% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (4.93M), Some college (3.6M), and Bachelors Degree (3.09M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, FL was $235,300 in 2020, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $224,800 to $235,300, a 4.67% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, FL is 72.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Lee County, FL have an average commute time of 27.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lee County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lee County, FL is $59,608. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, FL was Census Tract 503.05 with a value of $145,536, followed by Census Tract 401.13 and Census Tract 9, with respective values of $141,750 and $118,696.

In 2021, 17.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 3.37%.

Property

$235,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,031
$209,905
Median Property Taxes
±$4,042

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lee County, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

72.7%
Homeownership
2020
65.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 72.7% of the housing units in Lee County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 503.05
  2. Census Tract 401.13
  3. Census Tract 9

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, FL was Census Tract 503.05 with a value of $145,536, followed by Census Tract 401.13 and Census Tract 9, with respective values of $141,750 and $118,696.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lee County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$59,608
Median Household Income
± $1,036
289k
Number of Households
± 4,819

In 2020, the median household income of the 289k households in Lee County, FL grew to $59,608 from the previous year's value of $57,832.

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, FL is from Florida.
0.472
2020 Wage GINI in Florida
0.473
2019 Wage GINI in Florida

In 2020, the income inequality in Florida was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.289% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.84%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.51%)

In 2020, 77.8% of workers in Lee County, FL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.84%) and those who worked at home (7.51%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

27.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, FL have a longer commute time (27.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.19% of the workforce in Lee County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lee County, FL have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 17.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 3.37%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, FL (88.3k out of 747k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lee County, FL is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 18.6% of the children was living in poverty in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 348 in Lee County, FL. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 35.3 per 100,000 population.

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86.6% of the population of Lee County, FL has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 21.5% on Medicare, 16.9% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Florida was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see 1528 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.972% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2007 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 877 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Florida, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,528 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, FL

Primary care physicians in Lee County, FL see an average of 1,528 patients per year. This represents a 0.972% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 18.8% under 18 years, 16.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 28.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

13.4%
Uninsured
33.9%
Employer Coverage
13%
Medicaid
21.5%
Medicare
16.9%
Non-Group
1.32%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, FL grew by 0.296% from 13.3% to 13.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lee County, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 51.2 in Lee County, FL.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 25% in Lee County, FL.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 19.3% in Lee County, FL.

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