Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Florida (with Map & Photos)

Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated location (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, USA. The population at the 2010 census was 54,392.

It is part of the Statistical Zone of the City of Punta Gorda, Florida. Port Charlotte was listed on Forbes' 25 Best Cities to Retire, included in the US News & World Report's Top 10 Places to Avoid in 2012, and ranked # 1 on CNNMoney.com List of Top 25 Places to Retire for 2009.

Port Charlotte Florida
Port Charlotte Florida


The first to call the Port Charlotte area home were the nomadic Paleo-Indians who chased big game such as the woolly mammoth south during the last ice age around 10,000 BC.

Port Charlotte was not a coastal area at the time; the Florida Peninsula was much wider than it is today and much drier. As the ice melted, sea levels rose, and Florida took on the shape and climate it has today, and the Paleo-Indians gave way to the Caluze, the " shell people." Calusa flourished on the southwest coast of Florida and numbered over 50,000 when the first Spanish reached the peninsula in the 16th century.

The arrival of the Europeans was devastating to Calus, as diseases such assmallpox and measles, destroyed the population. Eventually the Seminoles will arrive from the points to the north and settle on the peninsula.

Port Charlotte Florida
Port Charlotte Florida


According to the US Census Bureau, the statistically isolated area of ​​Port Charlotte has a total area of ​​61.9 square kilometers, of which 57.76 square kilometers. kilometers is occupied by land and 4.14 sq. kilometers - water. The area of ​​the district's water resources is 6.69% of its total area.

The statistically isolated area of ​​Port Charlotte is located at an altitude of 1 m above sea ​​level.

Port Charlotte Map