Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a planned community, the city's population has grown to be the 117th most populous city in the United States. Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami in both population and area. It is the largest and principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city has over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, more than any other city on earth.
The economy in Cape Coral is based on health care services, retail, and real estate/construction. The city's Economic Development Office promotes and incentives business relocation to Cape Coral. In 2016 the city's top five employers were the Lee Memorial Hospital, Lee County School System, Publix Supermarkets, City of Cape Coral and Walmart.
Cape Coral is ranked #165 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Cape Coral has a population of over 200,972 people. Cape Coral also forms part of the wider Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area which has a population of over 770,577 people. Cape Coral is the #176 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.599 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.