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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

Lee County, Florida

Lee County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Fort Myers
Year Organized: 1887
Square Miles: 804
Court House:

P.O. Box 398
Fort Myers, FL 33902-0398

Etymology - Origin of County Name

General Robert E. Lee.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Lee County was created in 1887 from Monroe County. It was named for Robert E. Lee, Confederate general in the American Civil War.

Incorporated in 1886, Fort Myers is the center of a popular tourist area in Southwest Florida and the seat of Lee County. It is located about 120 miles south of Tampa at the meeting point of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,212 square miles (3,139 kmē), of which, 804 square miles (2,081 kmē) of it is land and 408 square miles (1,057 kmē) of it (33.69%) is water.

Lee County is located on the southwest coast of Florida.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Charlotte County
  • Northeast: Glades County
  • East: Hendry County
  • Southeast: Collier County
  • West: Gulf of Mexico

Cities and Towns:

- Bonita Springs city Incorporated Area
- Cape Coral city Incorporated Area
- Fort Myers (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Fort Myers Beach town Incorporated Area
- Sanibel city Incorporated Area

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"