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Collier County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 321,520. Collier County was
created on May 8, 1923 from Lee County. The county
seat is East
Naples, where the county offices were moved from Everglades in 1962.
This county is named for Barron Collier (1873-1939), an
advertising entrepreneur who developed much of the land in southern
Collier County comprises the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples, FL Combined Statistical Area
The county is 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.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Collier County was created in 1923 from Lee County.
The county is named for Barron Collier, a New York City advertising
mogul and real estate developer.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,305 square miles (5,970 km2), of which, 2,025 square miles (5,246 km2) of it is land and 280 square miles (724 km2) of it (12.13%) is water.
Collier county is located in south Florida. Florida Panther
National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge,
part of Big Cypress National Preserve, and part of the Everglades
National Park are located in Collier county.
Collier county is the second largest county in the state of Florida. Nearly
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.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The county's public schools are operated by the District School Board of Collier County.