Naples, Florida, downtown skyline at dusk.

Naples, Florida

Naples is a small city situated in Collier County in the US State of Florida. It serves as the main city of the "Naples-Marco Island, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area" and is mainly known for its high-priced homes, golf courses, and white-sand beaches. Naples is also known for being appealing to retirees, that make up a large percent of the city's population. The city is self-titled "Golf Capital of the World," having the most holes than any city in Florida and the second most holes per capita out of all communities.

Geography And Climate Of Naples

Aerial view of Naples, Florida
Aerial view of Naples, Florida, Gordon Pass Inlet, and luxury waterfront homes. 

Naples is situated in Florida's southwestern part along the Gulf of Mexico at the edge of Big Cypress Swamp, between Miami to the east and Fort Myers to the north. Naples covers a total area of 42.5 sq. km, of which 31.9 sq. km is occupied by land while 10.7 sq. km is occupied by water.

According to the Köppen Climate Classification, Naples has a Tropical Savanna Climate. This climate is characterized by having an average temperature above 18°C in every month of the year and typically a pronounced dry season. The driest month in such areas has precipitation less than 60 mm. As for Naples, the average temperature for the year is 23.9°C. August is considered the warmest month of the year as it has an average high temperature of 28°C, while January is the coolest month of the year, with an average low temperature of 18.1°C. The city receives an average precipitation of 1318.3 mm per year. Naples experiences an average of 85.7 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in September and the least rain occurring in November. 

Brief History Of Naples

The Calusa Indians and later the Seminoles inhabited the region where Naples was built. In 1886, the former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman founded Naples. Naples was named for the Italian city and planned as a winter resort in the late 1880s. The newspapers published lots of articles about the weather in the region to encourage tourism. Moreover, the arrival of the railroad and the construction of the Tamiami Trail, a road connecting Miami and Naples, helped the city’s development as a tourist destination. The city was incorporated in May of 1949.

The Population Of Naples 

Naples, Florida town skyline and city plaza at twilight.
Naples, Florida town skyline and city plaza at twilight. 

Naples has a total population of 22,265 people with a median age of 66 and a population density of 599.81 people per square kilometer. The majority of the people in the city are retirees. The largest ethnic groups in Naples are White, most of whom are considered non-Hispanic, and they account for 88.8% of the city’s population. Then comes the Hispanic community at 4.45%, followed by Black or African Americans at 4.42%. The minor ethnic groups in Naples include Two or more races that makeup 1.04% of Naples’ population, Asians at 0.83%, Others at 0.43%, and Native Americans at 0.02%.  Naples’ population has increased by 13.96% since the last census, which recorded a population of 19,537 in 2010. Approximately 94 % of the residents in Naples are U.S. citizens, and as of 2019, 13.1% were born outside the United States. The most common hometown of these foreign-born residents of Florida is Cuba, followed by Haiti, and then Colombia

The Economy Of Naples

A luxury waterfront villa in Naples, Florida
A luxury waterfront villa in Naples, Florida. Editorial credit: Philip Lange /

Naples is one of the US's wealthiest cities. The median household income in Naples is $107,013, which is higher than the median income across the entire United States. The city is currently growing at 0.27% annually, and the city's economy employs around 7,000 people in different industries. The most prominent industries in Naples include Retail Trade, Health Care & Social Assistance, and Professional & Scientific & Technical Services. The highest paying industries in Naples include Finance & Insurance, Real Estate & Rental & Leasing, and Professional & Scientific & Technical Services.

Visiting Naples 

Naples Pier and beach in Naples, Florida on a sunny day.
Naples Pier and beach in Naples, Florida on a sunny day.

Tourists who come to Naples often take a stroll along the iconic Naples Pier, which was constructed in 1888 to serve as a dock for freight and passengers. It had a narrow-gauge train line that helped transport baggage and cargo in the 1900s. The original pier has been wrecked by several hurricanes and destroyed by fire, but it has always been rebuilt as the symbol of Naples’ history and resilience. 

Corkscrew Swamp

A Black-crowned night heron in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary of Naples, Florida
A Black-crowned night heron with a crawfish in its mouth as it hunts in a pond in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary of Naples, Florida. 

The Corkscrew Swamp is also one of the top attractions in the city. It consists of more than 50 sq. km of magnificent wetlands, a marsh, Flatwoods, a wet prairie, and the largest North American old growth Bald Cypress Forest. 

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