Cost of Living in Southwest Florida

Know how far your paycheck will stretch in your new city


If you’ve ever had to make a big cross-country move, you’ve likely done your homework on the city to which you are relocating. After all, knowing how far your paycheck will stretch—the cost of living—in your new city is an important consideration for any family or individual.

What does it cost for housing, groceries, health care, and all of the other items that make up our monthly budgets? In some metropolitan areas, your paycheck may go farther than in other regions. One of the biggest monthly expenditures is the cost of rent or mortgage—and housing costs are high in both Collier and Lee counties compared to the rest of the Sunshine State, according to Florida Realtor’s 2020 analysis. The median price for a single-family home in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro was $285,000. In the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area, it was $490,000—the highest price in the state. The median single-family home price statewide was $288,500 in 2020.

Sperling’s BestPlaces tracks information about cities and zip codes in the United States including climate, economy, population, demographics, education, cost of living, and employment. The index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, minus taxes and non-consumer expenditures.

The charts on the opposite pages show how Collier and Lee counties rank against other large metro areas. You’ll notice that it’s more expensive to live in Collier County due to the high cost of housing compared to Lee County.


Assuming a $60,000/year salary
Naples / Collier County Fort Myers / Lee County
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Atlanta$63,224 Atlanta$54,697
Boston$40,176 Boston$34,758
Chicago$61,935 Chicago$53,582
Cleveland$94,630 Cleveland$81,868
Dallas$67,744 Dallas$58,607
Denver$50,596 Denver$43,773
Detroit$77,288 Detroit$66,864
Los Angeles$37,396 Los Angeles$32,353
Nashville-Davidson$66,087 Nashville-Davidson$57,174
New York City$34,859 New York City$30,158
Philadelphia$65,848 Philadelphia$56,968
Phoenix$64,339 Phoenix$55,661
Pittsburgh$77,452 Pittsburgh$67,006
Raleigh$65,730 Raleigh$56,865
Salt Lake City$57,539 Salt Lake City$49,779
San Diego$41,104 San Diego$35,561
San Francisco$23,945 San Francisco$20,715
Seattle$35,765 Seattle$30,941
St. Louis$82,255 St. Louis$71,161
Washington, D.C.$41,955 Washington, D.C.$36,297
Note: Assumptions include being a homeowner. Child care and taxes are not considered in the calculations.
Source: Sperling’s BestPlaces


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