Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. As of 2015, the city's population was about 20,600. Naples is a principal city of the Naples-Marco Island, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of about 322,000 at the 2015 census. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, with the sixth highest per capita income in America, and the second highest proportion of millionaires per capita in the US. Real estate is among the most expensive in the country, with houses for sale in excess of $40 million.
The city of Naples was founded during the late 1880s by former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman, the publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Throughout the 1870s and '80s, magazine and newspaper stories telling of the area's mild climate and abundant fish and game likened it to the sunny Italian peninsula. The name Naples caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy". Major development was anticipated after the railroad reached Naples on January 7, 1927, and the Tamiami Trail linking Naples to Miami was completed in 1928, but did not begin until after the Great Depression and World War II. During the war the U.S. Army Air Forces built a small air field and used it for training purposes; it is now the Naples Municipal Airport.
Naples is located in southwest Florida at 26.139, −81.795 on U.S. Highway 41 between Miami to the east and Fort Myers to the north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.4 square miles (42.5 km2), of which 12.3 square miles (31.9 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), or 25.09%, is water. Naples experiences a tropical wet and dry or savanna type (Aw under the Köppen system) climate.
Tourism is a major industry for the city. The Naples area is home to several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is known not only for its 11,000 acres (45 km2) of landscape and wildlife, but for a two and a half-mile long boardwalk winding through the sanctuary. The Naples area is also home to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, which dates back to 1919.
The beach on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico is more than 10 miles (16 km) long and is noted for its cleanliness and pristine white sand. In 2005, Naples was voted the best beach in America by the Travel Channel.
With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled "Golf Capital of the World", claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.
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Naples Area Links
- Audubon Society of Florida
- Collier County Museums
- Collier County Public Schools
- Conservancy of SouthWest Florida
- Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
- Marco Island Chamber of Commerce
- Naples Botanical Gardens
- Naples Depot Museum
- Naples Fun Facts
- Naples Historical Society
- Naples Museum of Art
- Naples Parks & Recreation
- Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts
- Naples Princess
- Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
- Private Schools
- Universities, Colleges, & Public Schools
- Sugden Community Theater
- The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
- Tin City
- Trolley Tours in Naples
Naples Area Resources
- City of Naples
- Collier County Area Transit - CAT
- Collier County Building Dept.
- Collier County Clerk of Courts
- Collier County Flood Maps
- Collier County Property Appraiser
- Collier County School Board
- Collier County Sheriff
- Collier County Suprvsr. of Elections
- Collier County Tax Collector
- Florida DEP Application