Captiva is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. It is located on Captiva Island. As of the 2010 census the population was 583, up from 379 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
|Coordinates: 26°31′5″N 82°11′28″W|
|• Total||1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)|
|• Land||1.18 sq mi (3.06 km2)|
|• Water||0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|• Density||493/sq mi (190.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0280017|
Captiva's many large estates, condominiums, and businesses have recovered from the serious damage due to 2004's Hurricane Charley. Captiva is accessed by a small bridge that crosses Blind Pass from Sanibel Island. There is a toll to use the causeway that goes from the mainland to Sanibel Island.
Captiva is located in western Lee County at 26°31′5″N 82°11′28″W (26.518028, -82.191057). The CDP comprises the entire island, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and to the east by Pine Island Sound. Captiva Drive is the main road on the island, running from the town center south to the Blind Pass bridge to Sanibel. It is a 13-mile (21 km) drive from Captiva to the Sanibel Causeway and a total of 31 miles (50 km) by road from Captiva to the center of Fort Myers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Captiva CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) are land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 28.15%, are water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 379 people, 194 households, and 130 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 305.3 people per square mile (118.0/km²). There were 1,150 housing units at an average density of 926.2/sq mi (358.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.42% White, 0.79% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.
There were 194 households out of which 10.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 1.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.25.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 8.2% under the age of 18, 1.1% from 18 to 24, 14.2% from 25 to 44, 44.1% from 45 to 64, and 32.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $64,821, and the median income for a family was $120,488. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $44,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $76,139. None of the population or families were below the poverty line.
Travel, tourism and hospitality rank as the number one industry on Captiva Island (and its sister island immediately to the south, Sanibel). Noted guests to Captiva include Teddy Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh (who regularly landed his plane on the beach in front of 'Tween Waters Inn), Anne Morrow Lindbergh and J.N. "Ding" Darling. Both the Old Captiva House restaurant and a number of guest cottages have been designated historically-significant sites by Lee County, Florida. The Wall Street Journal selected Sanibel and Captiva Islands as one of the "10 Best Places for Second Homes" in 2010.
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