Collier County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Florida. In 1950, Collier County had only 6,588 residents. Today Collier County boasts over 320,000 residents.
Many have flocked to Collier County due to the sub-tropical climate and location on the Gulf of Mexico. Areas of Collier County have become known as a playground for the rich and famous.
Collier County was created from Lee County in 1923. The county is named after Barron Collier, a prominent land owner in Collier County throughout its history.
Collier County consists of three municipalities; Everglades City, Marco Island and Naples. The county also has a multitude of unincorporated communities such as; Golden Gate, Immokalee, Ave Maria and more.
Collier County is the second largest county in regards to land mass in the state of Florida (Palm Beach County being the largest). Both the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades National Park have areas in Collier County.
The major interstate running through Collier County is Interstate 75, which runs north and south through the county.
Municipalities & Other Areas in Collier County
Collier County Demographics
According to the 2010 census report, the population of Collier County is 321,520 people, an increase of 27.9% since 2000. There are 197,298 total homes with 96,159 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Collier County in 2010 was;
- 83.9% Non-Hispanic White
- 6.6% African-American
- 25.9% Hispanic
- .3% American Indian
- 1.1% Asian
- 1.9% reporting two or more races
Collier County Government
The Collier County government is made up of five County Commissioners. Each commissioner is elected at large for a four-year term of office.
Collier County Schools
Public schools are under the direction of the Collier County School District.