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 grew to a population of 154,305 by the year 2010. The city’s population estimate was 194,495 for 2019. With an area of 120 square miles, Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population estimate for the statistical area was 679,513 for 2014. The city has over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways.