The term “Naples” applies to two vastly different areas. Legally, Naples is a small incorporated city in the very south-western part of Collier County. Its population was estimated last year to be 20,600. It’s what we locally call “downtown” and includes some very luxurious waterfront communities such as Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Park Shore, and The Moorings. Naples is but 14.4 of the 2025.5 square miles of Collier County — about 7 tenths of one percent!
The primary cause of the confusion between Naples city and the rest of unincorporated Collier County stems from the US Post Office’s policy of attributing to anyone not living in the separate entities of Naples, Everglades City, Ave Maria, or Marco Island a Naples address — even in places that are an hour drive from the “real” Naples! Hardly any resident in the unincorporated area objects to the additional ‘prestige’ of being perceived as living in the tiny enclave of affluence known as Naples City — except those who actually live there. But it seems to be an issue of extremely low priority or consequence, even for the one person in 16 Collier County residents that actually lives in Naples.
So there! Naples is both very small and huge. As the lawyers all say, “It just depends.”