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Collier County, Florida


Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded May 8, 1923
Named for Barron Collier
Seat Naples
Largest city Naples
 • Total 2,304.93 sq mi (5,970 km2)
 • Land 2,025.34 sq mi (5,246 km2)
 • Water 279.59 sq mi (724 km2), 12.13%
 • (2010) 321,520
 • Density 159/sq mi (61.28/km²)
Congressional district , ,
Time zone

Collier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau 2010 estimate for the county is 321,520.[1] Its county seat is Naples.[2]

Collier County is coextensive with the Naples-Marco Island, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used for statistical purposes by the Census Bureau and other agencies. Naples and Marco Island are designated as the MSA's principal cities. The Naples, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area was first defined in 1990. Marco Island was added as a principal city and the name changed to its present form in 2003.


Collier County was created in 1923 from Lee County. It was named for Barron Collier, a New York City advertising mogul and real estate developer who had moved into Southwest Florida and established himself as a prominent land owner. He agreed to build the Tamiami Trail for what was then Lee County (Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades & Charlotte Counties) in exchange for favorable consideration with the state legislature to have a county named for him. After the county was named, Collier was quoted as saying "When I first came here on holiday with Juliet, I never expected that I would buy a whole region of it, nor did I expect to pay for the new Tamiami Trail, or half the things I've done. But I really didn't expect to have a whole county named after me."


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 2,304.93 square miles (5,969.7 km2), of which 2,025.34 square miles (5,245.6 km2) (or 87.87%) is land and 279.59 square miles (724.1 km2) (or 12.13%) is water.[3] This makes Collier county the second largest county in the state of Florida (Palm Beach County being the largest). Virtually the entire southeastern portion of the county lies within the Big Cypress National Preserve. The northernmost portion of Everglades National Park extends into the southern coastal part of the county.

Collier County is the sole county in the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent counties

Collier County is located at the southern end of Florida's Gulf Coast, and bounded by:

National protected areas

Major highways

  • Interstate 75
  • U.S. Route 41
  • State Road 29
  • State Road 84
  • State Road 951


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2012332,4273.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 251,377 people, 102,973 households, and 71,257 families residing in the county. The population density was 124 people per square mile (48/km²). There were 144,536 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (28/km²).

As of 2000, 86.06% of the population was non-Hispanic White, 19.61% was Hispanic or Latino of any race, 4.54% was Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.19% from other races, and 2.23% from two or more races. Languages spoken: 75.3% spoke English, 17.8% Spanish, 2.3% French Creole and 1.2% German as their first language.

In 2000 there were 102,973 households out of which 22.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.79.

The county's population distribution by age was spread out but older than the U.S. as a whole, with 19.90% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 24.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.1 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,289, and the median income for a family was $54,816. Males had a median income of $32,639 versus $26,371 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,195. About 6.60% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 4.30% of those age 65 or over.

The county continues to experience significant growth and is becoming increasingly diverse. As of the 2010 census, the county's population had increased to 321,520, an increase of 27.9% over the 2000 census. As of 2012, the United States Census estimates the county's population at 332,427, an increase of 3.4% since the 2010 census. As of the 2010 census, 65.7% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 25.9% was Latino or Hispanic, 6.6% was African-American and 1.1% was Asian.[7] For the 2010 census, the Latino or Hispanic ethnic group represented the greatest source of population growth since the 2000 census, growing from 49,000 (19.6% of the total population) to 83,177 (25.9% of the total population. As of the 2010 census, the greatest source of population growth in the county since the 2000 census came from the Latino or Hispanic population which grew from 49,296 (19.6% of the total population) to 83,177 (25.9% of the total population).



Unincorporated communities


The county's public schools are operated by the District School Board of Collier County.


Collier County Presidential elections results
Year Winner Loser Other
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 60.8% 38.4% 0.8%
2004 65.0% 34.1% 0.9%
2000 65.6% 32.5% 1.9%
1996 58.7% 32.0% 9.3%
1992 53.4% 26.1% 20.5%
1988 74.9% 24.6% 0.5%


The Collier County Public Library System consists of 10 branches. All locations offer public internet stations, printing, photocopying, wi-fi, and 24/7 dropboxes for book and video returns.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
East Naples 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 Closed Closed Closed
Estates 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 Closed Closed Closed
Everglades City 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:30 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:30 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:30 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:30 9:00-12:00; 1:00-4:30 Closed Closed
Golden Gate 10:00-6:00 9:00-7:00 10:00-6:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed
Headquarters 9:00-8:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 1:00-5:00
Immokalee 11:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 11:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 Closed Closed
Marco Island 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 Closed Closed
Naples Regional 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed
South Regional 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed
Vanderbilt Beach 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 10:00-7:00 Closed Closed Closed

In popular culture

Collier County was featured in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) as the home of fictional athlete Ray Finkle, described in the film as "the only professional athlete to come out of Collier County." Ace visits Collier to find Ray's family.

It was also shown in the Showtime series Dexter at the rest stop meeting between Dexter and the Trinity Killer.

See also

Florida portal


External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

  • Collier County official website / Board of County Commissioners official website
  • Collier County Supervisor of Elections
  • Collier County Property Appraiser
  • Collier County Sheriff's Office
  • Collier County Tax Collector

Special districts

  • Collier County Public Schools
  • South Florida Water Management District

Judicial branch

  • Collier County Clerk of Courts
  • Lee Counties
  • Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit
  • Circuit and County Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Recycling Center

  • Naples Computer Recycling

Tourism links

  • Naples Marco Island Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Naples Florida

Coordinates: 26°05′N 81°24′W / 26.08°N 81.40°W / 26.08; -81.40

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