Charlotte County is rich in Florida history. The county was the first major establishment in Southwest Florida due to its location on the Peace River.
Because of its long history, Charlotte County is the home of many historic sites, places, and homes.
Charlotte County was established as a county in 1921. The county derived its name from the Charlotte Harbor, located in the county.
Charlotte County is also a well known destination for nature lovers from across the world. Charlotte County boasts thousands of acres of natural, unspoiled lands where many of Florida’s native wildlife and vegetation call home.
Charlotte County consists of one incorporated municipality; Punta Gorda. The county also has a multitude of unincorporated communities such as; Charlotte Harbor, Port Charlotte, Englewood and more.
The main interstate running through Charlotte County is Interstate 75, which runs north and south through the county.
Charlotte County is the Major League Baseball spring training home to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Municipalities & Other Areas in Charlotte County
Charlotte County Demographics
According to the 2010 census report, the population of Charlotte County is 159,978 people, an increase of 13.0% since 2000. There are 100,632 total homes with 58,475 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Charlotte County in 2010 was;
- 90.0% Non-Hispanic White
- 6.4% African-American
- 5.8% Hispanic
- .3% American Indian
- 1.2% Asian
- 1.7% reporting two or more races
Charlotte County Government
Charlotte County government is made up of five County Commissioners. Each commissioner is elected at large for a four-year term of office.
Charlotte County Schools
Public schools are under the direction of the Charlotte County School District.