North Port, Florida

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North Port, Florida

Introduction to North Port, Florida

North Port, Florida, in Sarasota county, is 27 miles SE of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 64 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The city is approximately 20 minutes from the scenic Gulf of Mexico. It contains the fifth largest land area in the state of Florida. The city includes a large state forest within its boundaries. North Port is known for its country lifestyle and excellent year-round climate.

North Port Activities and Attractions

Warm Minerals Springs and Park is enjoyed by thousands of visitors on a yearly basis. The city features a large state forest inside the city limits which is enjoyed for recreational activities. North Port provides direct access to the scenic Myakka River which features a variety of wildlife and can be explored with guided tours. Scenic cruises are available on the Intercoastal Waterway. Don Pedro Island State Park is a popular destination. Babcock Wildlife Management area is an excellent location for hiking, and bicycle riding and offers guided swamp buggy tours.

The close by Gulf of Mexico is well known for beautiful beaches and deep-sea fishing. The region is home to Port Charlotte Beach State Park and Stump Pass Beach State Park. It's a short drive to the popular Everglades National Park. The area offers a large number of quality golf courses. Kidstar Park is close by. Lake Manatee State Park is about 30 miles away. It's a short drive to the city of Sarasota which includes notable historic structures.

North Port Transportation

Air travel is provided at the nearby Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

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Comparative Profile of North Port, Florida

Comparing North Port to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 8
Age of the Population 9 6
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Racial Diversity 6 3
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 3 5
College Educated Adults 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 5 4
Public Transportation Use 4 4
Short Commute Times 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 5
Affordability of Rents 4 4
People Living Alone 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 7
Low Violent Crime 2 5

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North Port Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles SE of Sarasota, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Sarasota
Metro Area Sarasota - Bradenton
Standard Zip Codes 34286, 34287, 34288, 34289
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.043
Longitude -82.236

North Port Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station VENICE
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 73 F
Apr Temp 61 to 82 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 39.2 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 75 F
Apr Temp 63 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
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North Port Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,797 100%
Male 10,895 47.8%
Female 11,902 52.2%
Under 18 5,317 23.3%
18+ 17,480 76.7%
65+ 5,337 23.4%
Median Age 40.8
Average Family Size 2.87
White 21,127 92.7%
African-American 954 4.2%
Asian 115 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 53 0.2%
Other 163 0.7%
Mixed Race 382 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 739 3.2%

Estimated North Port Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 42,253
Growth 19,456
Growth % 85.3%

North Port Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 19.2%
Irish 11.9%
English 10.5%
US/American 10.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
Italian 8.7%
French (except Basque) 3.6%
Polish 3.4%
Ukrainian 3.2%
Jamaican 1.8%
Russian 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
French Canadian 1.5%
Dutch 1.3%
Hungarian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Portuguese 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
European 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
British 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
British West Indian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, North Port, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Northport (34286, 34288, 34289)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
North Port 22,797 $40,594
Punta Gorda 14,344 $54,879
Venice 17,764 $46,898
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North Port High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,509 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

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