Estero is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 33,871 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Estero is the 117th largest community in Florida. Much of the housing stock in Estero was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Estero economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Estero, where the median household income is $82,054.00.
Estero home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Estero real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Estero is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.91% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Estero is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Estero who work in sales jobs (19.71%), management occupations (15.75%), and office and administrative support (12.35%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.43% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Estero is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Estero’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
One of the nice things about Estero is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The education level of Estero ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Estero, 48.20% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Estero in 2018 was $53,678, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $214,712 for a family of four. However, Estero contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Estero home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Estero residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Estero include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Estero is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.