County Seat:Punta Gorda
Nearest MSA:Punta Gorda MSA
Largest Cities:1 Punta Gorda
Miles* To:
Tallahassee...................................330
Orlando...................................132
Tampa...................................96
Jacksonville...................................266
Miami...................................167
Atlanta...................................542
Chicago...................................1266
Dallas...................................1240
New York...................................1249
*Miles are calculated from county seat.
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Time Zone:Eastern
Local Area Code(s):941
Charlotte
1980:58,460
1990:110,975
2010:152,814
2020(p):183,300
2040(p):219,300
(p) Denotes Projected Population
Florida
9,746,961
12,938,071
18,801,310
21,326,800
26,081,800
Average TemperatureHighLow
January:7453
July:9174
Florida Mean Annual Precipitation....................53
Average Annual Rain Days....................112
(2010)
In-Migration8,945
Out-Migration7,618
Net-Migration1,327
*Estimates based on IRS Statistics of Income data

(2010)
Labor Force 69,969
Labor Force % of County Population 43.7
Number in County Unemployed 8,684
Unemployment Rate 12.4%
N/D = No Data Charlotte Florida
(2006)
Average Annual Employment 39,946 7,109,630
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Construction 6.0% 5.0%
Manufacturing 1.3% 4.3%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 23.5% 21.2%
Information 1.1% 1.9%
Financial Activities 4.4% 6.6%
Professional & Business Services 7.9% 14.8%
Education & Health Services 21.4% 22.0%
Leisure & Hospitality 14.5% 13.2%
Other Services 3.6% 3.3%
Public administration 8.5% 6.6%
Unclassified N/D

Average Annual Wage
(2010)
All Industries $32,415
Construction $29,991
Education & Health Services $43,375
Financial Activities $39,018
Information $48,309
Leisure & Hospitality $15,548
Manufacturing $34,990
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Other Services $24,724
Professional & Business Services $36,406
Public administration $43,469
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $26,047
Unclassified $59,946
Charlotte Florida
2007 $35,787 $39,449
2008 $36,431 $40,133
2009 $35,858 $38,965
Major Private Sector Employers
Wal-Mart
Business Line: Retail
Number of Employees........ 1,424
Peace River Medical
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees......... 1,067
Charlotte Regional Healthcare
Business Line: Medical Healthcare
Number of Employees........... 984
Publix Supermarkets
Business Line: Grocer
Number of Employees......... 977
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees........... 716
Winn Dixie Stores
Business Line: Grocer
Number of Employees........... 352
The Home Depot
Business Line: Home Improvement Merchandise
Number of Employees........... 337
Suncoast Media Group
Business Line: Media Services
Number of Employees........... 325
Palm Auto Mall
Business Line: Auto Dealership
Number of Employees........... 262
Federal Interstates I-75
Federal Highways US-17; US-41
State Highways SR-31; SR-776
Railroads Seminole Gulf Railway
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commerical Airline Service: Southwest Florida International Airport
# Runways 1
Longest Paved Runway(ft.) 12000
General Aviation Airports Punta Gorda
Local Deep Water Port Port Manatee, Manatee County
Miles to Closest Port 54
COUNTY
Countywide Ad Valorem Millage Rates:
Government 6.4796
Schools 7.3440
Special 0.0394
Total 13.8630

Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 1.00
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone
STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Electric Companies:
  • Florida Power & Light
Natural Gas Companies:
  • TECO - Peoples Gas
Telephone Companies:
  • Sprint
Water & Sewer Companies:
  • Florida Water Services
  • Charlotte County Utilities
  • City of Punta Gorda
  • Englewood Water District
Exisiting Industrial Zoned Land Yes
Number of Acres 1,443
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 40
Industrial Parks Yes
Number of Acres 2,500
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 0
Foreign Trade Zones No
Zone Number(s)
Public
Schools
Teachers Enrollments
Totals: 25 1,206 16,640
Private Schools Available: Yes
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY:
Colleges/Universities:
  • University of South Florida
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • IMPAC University
  • New College
Junior/Community Colleges:
  • Manatee Community College
  • Edison Community College
Vocational/Technical Schools:
  • Charlotte Technical Center
Other Schools:
  • none listed

Cost of Living
Price Level Index, (2010)
Florida State Average = 100
Sample
2008 97.08
2009 97.25
2010 98.72
Medical Services:
  • Charlotte Regional Medical Center
  • Fawcett Memorial Hospital
  • Peace River Regional Medical Center
Recreational Opportunities:
  • Babcock Wilderness Adventures
  • Cedar Point Park
  • Charlotte County Stadium
  • Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
  • Florida Adventure Museum
  • Kidstar Park
  • Peace River WIldlife Center
  • The Visual Arts Center
Historical Points Of Interest:
  • A.C. Freeman House
  • Charlotte County Historical Center
  • El Jobean Post Office and General Store
  • Florida Military Heritage Museum
  • Historic Train Depot
  • Punta Gorda Historic Walking Tour
  • Punta Gorda History Park
Cultural Events/Festivals:
  • Art Sensation
  • Charlotte County Fair
  • Florida International Air Show
  • Greek Festival
  • Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant
  • Pioneers Day - Englewood
  • Punta Gorda Block Party

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