Port Charlotte is a town located at the head of Charlotte Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is a census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County and is part of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The CDP occupies a total area of 32.3 square miles, of which 28.4 is land and 3.9, is water.
As of 2014, Port Charlotte has a population of 55,942 and has experienced a population growth of 4.14 percent since 2000. The population density is currently 1,968 people per square mile. The average household size is 2.32. There is a total of 23,997 households and 14,813 families. With a characteristically quiet and residential atmosphere, the CDP attracts a substantial percentage of retirees. 84.96% of people are white, 9.22% are black, 2.10% are Asian, 0.16% are Native American, and 1.16% claim 'Other'. Only 8.90% of the population claim Hispanic ethnicity.
The unemployment rate is 5.50 percent; which is fair when placed against the 6.30% U.S. average. The area has seen a 3.66% job growth recently, and employment opportunities are expected to rise by 41.80% in the next decade. Sales taxes are set at 7.00% and it is among the few States in the country that do not charge income tax. The income per capita is $22,681, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $40,049 while the median family income is $48,911. The majority of the earning population registers an income of between $15,000 to $50,000 annually.
The cost of living index is 91.90 which is much lower than the U.S. average of 100.
40.05% of the people in Port Charlotte are religious: 22.40% are Catholic; 0.53% are LDS; 4.68% are another Christian faith; 0.22% are Jewish; 0.00% are an eastern faith; and 0.87% affiliates with Islam. Almost 60% of the residents do not affiliate with any known religion.
Boating and golf are the main social activities in the CDP. It receives a large group of winter residents because of its bright, sunny, relatively dry winter climate. Because of its small town charm and low crime rates, it was featured on Forbes list of "25 Best Places to Retire in 2015".