Vital Signs – Indicators of Community Need

Vital Signs Report: A Data-Rich and Objective Look at Collier County

Vital Signs first report in 2012 began as a conversation starter to be used by planners, policymakers, nonprofit leadership and grantmakers like the Community Foundation of Collier County to move us forward. Today VitalSigns is an even more robust tool that provides the Community Foundation staff, its grantmaking committees, all civic leaders and the broader public with a tool to assess the need in our community. Each year we update the indicators of community needs or Vital Signs by partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University.

Vital Signs 2018- Click here to see latest 2017-18 summary Vital Signs in Collier County

For a full report of Vital Signs, please contact Laura Simmelink at or call 239.307.4514

Our thanks to the Florida Gulf Coast University for making this important publication possible.

2018 Community Needs Assessment: 

The results of the year-long community needs assessment study (CNA) project initiated by the Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are below. The results offer a portrait of Collier County and the needs of its residents by presenting data on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as an appraisal of economic, physical, service, and social environments.

This survey report was created because we know you care about needs in our community and how we can meet them—whether you call Collier County home seasonally or year-round.

Click here to view, download or print the report and learn what is working, what isn’t, and how we can improve.

Click here to view, download or print the executive summary

Click here to view, download or print the appendix report