Matlacha, Florida

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Matlacha (pronounced "MAT-la-shay") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 735. It is part of the Cape CoralFort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community's name comes from a Caloosa word meaning "water to the chin."

Matlacha is one of five communities on Pine Island, although technically, it is located on a smaller island in Matlacha Pass, east of Pine Island. It is an "Old Florida" fishing village home to many brightly-colored art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Florida cottages.[3]



Matlacha is located at 26°37′49″N 82°4′24″W / 26.63028°N 82.07333°W / 26.63028; -82.07333 (26.630339, -82.073412)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 735 people, 409 households, and 213 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,878.7 people per square mile (1,891.9/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 3,843.3/sq mi (1,490.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.23% White, 0.27% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 409 households out of which 6.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.7% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.80 and the average family size was 2.33.

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