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Overview

Introduction to Punta Gorda, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte county, is 26 miles N of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 74 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The city has a population of 14,344.

Punta Gorda History

The Howard brothers were the first settlers in Punta Gorda. They landed at Charlotte Harbor in the late 19th century. The initial settlers comprised 34 men, including 4 African-Americans. The town had its first railroads within ten years, which opened the way for land developers and tourists. The town was incorporated in 1900, 18 years after the first settlement.

Punta Gorda and nearby Attractions

  • Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area
  • Peace River Wildlife Center & Ponce De Leon Park
  • Fisherman's Village
  • International Sailing School
  • Twin Isles Country Club
  • Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center
  • Babcock Ranch
  • Peace River Wildlife Center & Ponce De Leon Park

Punta Gorda Activities

Punta Gorda offers wonderful opportunities for water sports, fishing and sightseeing. This makes it an excellent tourist spot. People come here to spend their vacations; they are drawn by the beautiful views of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. There are guided walks through nature trails displaying southwest Florida’s ecosystem in full glory. There is also a tour through the Telegraph Cypress Swamp called the Swamp Buggy Eco-tour.

Punta Gorda Transportation

Shell Creek Airpark serves the city’s needs.

Punta Gorda Higher Education

The Edison Community College provides adult education opportunities.

People

Total Population 16,984
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 51.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,858
Age of the Population 66

Families

% of people married 62.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,304
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,677

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,461
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 11.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $866
Median House Value $276,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 16.8%
Irish 15.5%

Punta Gorda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles N of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Charlotte
Metro Area Punta Gorda
Standard Zip Codes 33950, 33955, 33980, 33982, 33983
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33951
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.929
Longitude -82.045

Punta Gorda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PUNTA GORDA 4 ESE
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 75 F
Apr Temp 61 to 84 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station ARCADIA
Distance 22.7 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
Station VENICE
Distance 26.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 7,647 $33,505
Fort Myers 66,167 $46,423
North Fort Myers 39,143 $52,156
North Port 58,584 $57,900

Punta Gorda Hospitals

CHARLOTTE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
809 E MARION AVE
(941) 639-3131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Punta Gorda High Schools

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CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL
1250 COOPER STREET
941-575-5450
Serves 2,157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

KELLY HALL
2208 CASTILLA AVENUE
941-639-5535
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

CROSSENIOROADS WILDERNESS INSTITUTE
45991 BURMONT ROAD
941-575-5790
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

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