The Ft. Myers-Naples metropolitan area leads the state with the highest occupancy rate for apartments at 94.2%.

ALN, a Carrollton, Texas based company which tracks apartment rental data throughout the South reports that apartment occupancy grew in Southwest Florida by over 2% in the past year. During the same 12 months, average rent in the Ft. Myers/Naples area increased from $779.00 to $794.00 per month. A record number of foreclosures during the past five years in Lee and Collier Counties has changed the status of many residents from homeowner to tenant.

Here’s how Southwest Florida rental occupancy and average rent compares with other metropolitan areas around the state.

•  Fort Myers-Naples: 94.2, $794 •  West Palm Beach: 93.2, $1,091 •  Gainesville: 92.3, $907 •  Orlando-Daytona Beach: 91.9, $836 •  Tampa-St. Petersburg: 91.3, $816 •  Tallahassee: 89.3, $785 •  Melbourne: 89.1, $670 •  Pensacola: 87.6, $754 •  Jacksonville: 87.4, $751 Source: ALN Apartment Data