Home to 47,000 people, Bonita Springs strives to embody its motto: "Small town charm, big bright future." The beachfront city's economy owes much to the retail and service industries driven by tourism, but its economic development council also works to attract new industries and jobs to diversify the economic climate. With low business taxes and city programs in place to assist individual businesses, business districts, and business organizations, Bonita Springs is a business-friendly environment that believes economic opportunity for everyone provides a higher quality of life for the whole community. They also embrace art and culture; the Bonita Springs Art League hosts local artists and traveling exhibits, and murals around town provide opportunities for artists, students, and community volunteers to work together.
Bonita Springs was once just a small Florida town; however, the expansion of the railroad and the Tamiami Trail in the 1920s, as well as the popularity of roadside attractions in the 1930s, boosted its profile. It incorporated as a city briefly in the late 20s, then again for good in 1999. Homes in the area include high-rise condominiums and one- and two-story single-family homes for a wide range of budgets, many on the banks of the Imperial River or overlooking the dazzling Gulf of Mexico.SHOW MORE