Collier County, Florida

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Collier County, Florida
Naples, FL, Courthouse, Collier County, 04-18-2010 (1).JPG
The Collier County courthouse in April 2010.
Flag of Collier County, Florida
Seal of Collier County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Collier County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting 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 districts 19th, 25th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Collier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 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[edit]

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

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,883
1940 5,102 77.0%
1950 6,488 27.2%
1960 15,753 142.8%
1970 38,040 141.5%
1980 85,971 126.0%
1990 152,099 76.9%
2000 251,377 65.3%
2010 321,520 27.9%
Est. 2012 332,427 3.4%
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[edit]


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


Collier County has historically been a Republican stronghold. It voted for the Republican candidates with 50 percent or more of the vote in the past 7 elections.

Collier County Presidential elections results
Year Winner Loser Other
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 64.6% 34.6% 0.7%
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 ten locations servicing the entire county. All locations offer public internet stations, printing, photocopying, free Wi-Fi, and 24/7 dropboxes for book and video returns. Users also can download music, e-books, and audiobooks from the library's website.[8] All Collier County residents and property owners may receive a free library card granting them access to all library services. Non-residents must pay $10 per month for library membership.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ 2010 US Census, Retrieved July 18, 2013
  8. ^ "Locations, hours, maps". Collier County Public Library. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Card Policies". Collier County Public Library. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 

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Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Recycling Center[edit]

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