Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community in Charlotte County, Florida. The population was 54,392 at the 2010 census. It is just north of Punta Gorda, south of North Port, and east of Englewood.
Port Charlotte was named to Forbes' list of "25 Best Places to Retire in 2015," and listed among the ten best places in the United States to retire for the year 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked at #1 in CNNMoney.com's 2009 list of 25 Best Places to Retire.
Part of the reason it is ranked so highly is its great weather, laid-back and recreational way of life, coupled with a very favorable cost of living. In-fact, Port Charlotte ranks 9% less expensive than the national average, which is based on living expenses and basic needs like groceries. Real estate is also very moderately priced here, which makes cost of living even better.
Things To Do and See
Found along Florida's welcoming Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is located about halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, perfectly positioned to offer every manner of water-borne activities. Port Charlotte more than 165 miles of waterways, providing access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico and many more miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka rivers. But that's not all. Seven of the 21 golf courses located in Charlotte County are found in Port Charlotte. Charlotte Sports Park is home to spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays. Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Port Charlotte offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing through 380 acres of scrub and pine flat-woods. Source: VisitFlorida.com
Climate and Weather
The good news is that Port Charlotte averages 0 inches of snow per year, while the US average is 28 inches of snow per year. Port Charlotte does however, get an average of 51 inches of rain per year, as compared to the national average of only 38 inches. Most of that rain comes in the summer months, when the weather is hot and humid, and afternoon thundershowers are a welcome cool down from the day’s heat. Even with all of the rain it gets, Port Charlotte is still much sunnier than the rest of the US, with an average of 262 sunny days per year, as opposed to 205 sunny days as the national average. Port Charlotte gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 99 days per year.
Port Charlotte’s History
The first people to call the Port Charlotte area home were the nomadic Paleo-Indians as they chased big game such as woolly mammoth southward during the last ice age around 10,000 BC.At the time, Port Charlotte was not a coastal area;the peninsula of Florida was much wider than it is today and much drier. As the ice melted, the sea level rose and Florida assumed the shape and climate it has today and the Paleo-Indians gave way to the Calusa, the "shell people." The Calusa thrived on the southwest Florida coast and numbered over 50,000 when the first Spaniards reached the peninsula in the 16th century.
In the 1950s, the now defunct General Development Corporation led by the Mackle brothers decided to take advantage of the Florida land boom and developed land primarily on both of Florida's coastlines. Among the areas they planned and developed was the Port Charlotte area. Ultimately, Port Charlotte became the most populous community in Charlotte County, although Port Charlotte remained an unincorporated community.
Business Opportunities In Port Charlotte
According Charlotte County Economic Development, “You can feel momentum in the air in Charlotte County, Florida. Things are happening. Just announced: A $1.7 million grant for an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics program. Punta Gorda Airport recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion. The economic climate is as sunny as the weather and the landscape looks like a tropical paradise. With a pro-business attitude, leaders willing to invest in the community and fast track approvals, your business can be cleared for takeoff in no time.”