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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,721
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens54.1%
Employed Population 16+4,829
Age of the Population66

Families

% of people married64.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39%
Median Earnings25+$30,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,269
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,423

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,286
% Above Poverty Level90.9%
% Below Poverty Level9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home13.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$860
Median House Value$299,900

Ancestry

Irish16.8%
English16.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.9%
Italian8.1%
French Except Basque4.2%
Polish3.9%
Scottish2.5%
Norwegian1.8%
Swedish1.7%
Dutch1.5%
Russian1.3%
Canadian1.3%
Hungarian0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Danishn0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Czech0.6%
Haitian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Slovak0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
German0.3%
Bulgarian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Egyptian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Punta Gorda Almanac

CategoryValue
County Charlotte County
Standard Zip Codes33950, 33955, 33982, 33980, 33983
P.O. Box Zip Codes33951
Phone Area Codes941
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.89
Approximate Longitude-82.05

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)

StationPUNTA GORDA 4 ESE
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp52 to 75 F
Apr Temp61 to 84 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp67 to 86 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationARCADIA
Distance22.7 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp57 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 85 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationVENICE
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp52 to 73 F
Apr Temp61 to 82 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp66 to 85 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arcadia7,761$31,424
Fort Myers71,051$49,643
North Fort Myers40,642$53,293
North Port60,871$61,229

Punta Gorda Hospitals

Riverside Behavioral Center
733 E Olympia Ave
(941) 637-2474
Charlotte Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
809 E Marion Ave
(941) 637-3128

Punta Gorda Public Schools

Compass Learning Center
2208 Castillo Ave
ZIP: 33950
(941) 634-5535
Charlotte High School
1250 Cooper St
ZIP: 33950
(941) 575-5450
High
Total Enrollment 1928
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School
26300 Airport Rd
ZIP: 33950
(941) 637-5673
High
Total Enrollment 356
Baker/head Start
311 E Charlotte Ave
ZIP: 33950
(941) 575-5470
Primary
Total Enrollment 181
Punta Gorda Middle School
1001 Education Ave
ZIP: 33950
(941) 575-5485
Middle
Total Enrollment 1146
Sallie Jones Elementary School
1230 Narranja St
ZIP: 33950
(941) 575-5440
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
East Elementary School
27050 Fairway Dr
ZIP: 33982
(941) 575-5475
Primary
Total Enrollment 710
Ami Kids Crossroads
45991 Bermont Rd
ZIP: 33982
(941) 575-5790
Other
Total Enrollment 22
Crossroads Wilderness Institute
45991 Bermont Rd
ZIP: 33982
(941) 575-5790

Punta Gorda Private Schools

Good Shepherd Day School
1800 Shreve St
ZIP: 33950
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Gator Wilderness Camp School
44930 Farabee Rd
ZIP: 33982
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
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