Charlotte County, Florida
|Charlotte County, Florida|
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 23, 1921|
|Largest city||Port Charlotte|
|• Total||859.12 sq mi (2,225 km2)|
|• Land||693.60 sq mi (1,796 km2)|
|• Water||165.51 sq mi (429 km2), 19.27%|
|• Density||231/sq mi (89.07/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Charlotte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2010, the population was 159,978. In 2005, the population of the MSA was 154,030. Its county seat is Punta Gorda, Florida.
Charlotte County is coextensive with the Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used by the Census Bureau and other agencies for statistical purposes. Punta Gorda is designated as the principal city of the MSA. The Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area was first defined in 1993.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Government
- 6 Politics
- 7 Library
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Charlotte County was established April 23, 1921. It was named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. "Charlotte" came from "Carlos" (Spanish), "Charles" (English), or "Calos" (Calusa Indian). In 1565, the Spanish named "Carlos Bay," followed by the English in 1775 who named the area Charlotte Harbor in tribute to the Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III. Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County.
Historic places in Charlotte County include the Old Charlotte County Courthouse as well as those on the List of Registered Historic Places in Charlotte County.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 859.12 square miles (2,225.1 km2), of which 693.60 square miles (1,796.4 km2) (or 80.73%) is land and 165.51 square miles (428.7 km2) (or 19.27%) is water. Charlotte Harbor Estuary is an important natural preserve and one of the most productive in Florida.
- Sarasota County, Florida - northwest
- DeSoto County, Florida - north
- Highlands County, Florida - northeast corner
- Glades County, Florida - east
- Hendry County, Florida - southeast corner
- Lee County, Florida - south
National protected area
As of the census of 2010, there were 159,978 people, 73,370 households, and 44,130 families residing in the county. The population density was 234 people per square mile (79/km²). There were 100,632 housing units at an average density of 115 per square mile (44/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.05% White, 5.68% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 5.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 92.3% spoke only English at home. 3.0% of the population spoke Spanish at home and 1.1% French.
There were 73,370 households out of which 17.66% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.56.
In the county the population was spread out with 14.30% under the age of 18, 5.38% from 18 to 24, 6.99% from 25 to 34, 17.50% from 35 to 64, and 34.12% who are 65 years of age or older (making this the county with the highest percentage of people over 65 in America). The median age is 56.43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.58 males.
The median income for a household (2007-2011) in the county was $45,112; median income for families (2007-2011) was $47,415. Males (2011) had a median income of $27,352 versus $26,861 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,875. About 5.30% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 5.60% of those age 65 or over.
According to an October 2001 Census Brief of the 2000 Census, Charlotte County had the highest median age of any U.S. county with a population of more than 100,000 people at 54.3. The median age in 2010 for Charlotte County was 55.9 years, second only to Sumter County in Florida.
Cities and towns
- Babcock Ranch Florida a proposed solar-powered city.
The county is governed by a five-person Commission, all of them elected to represent districts within the county for a four year term. The elections are partisan according to political party affiliation and primaries are held months earlier in the event there are numerous candidates. All registered voters in the county are allowed to vote for a candidate Commissioner in each the five districts, not just the voters living in a particular district.
The five current Commissioners for Charlotte County, Florida and terms of office expirations:
- Ken Doherty (R), District 1, November, 2016
- Christopher Constance (R), District 2, November 4, 2014
- Bill Truex (R) District 3, November, 2016
- Stephen R. Deutsch (R) District 4, November 4, 2014
- Tricia Duffy (R) District 5, November, 2016
The Charlotte County Library System consists of 4 library branches.
|Port Charlotte Public Library||Closed||10:00-6:00||10:00-6:00||10:00-6:00||10:00-5:00||Closed||Closed|
|Punta Gorda Public Library||Closed||10:00-6:00||10:00-6:00||10:00-7:00||10:00-5:00||Closed||Closed|
|Englewood Charlotte Public Library||Closed||10:00-6:00||10:00-6:00||10:00-6:00||10:00-5:00||10:00-2:00||Closed|
|Mid-County Regional Library||10:00-7:00||10:00-7:00||10:00-7:00||10:00-7:00||10:00-5:00||10:00-5:00||Closed|
- Florida’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Population - retrieved July 18, 2006
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
-  Last accessed November 16, 2012.
- Dave Leip's US Presidential Elections. Last accessed November 15, 2006.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte County, Florida.|
- Charlotte County Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Charlotte County Government / Board of County Commissioners Main Portal
- Charlotte County Property Appraiser
- Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
- Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections
- Charlotte County Geographic Information System
- Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
- Charlotte County Fire/EMS
- Charlotte County Public Schools
- South Florida Water Management District
- Southwest Florida Water Management District
- Charlotte County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties
- Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit
- Circuit and County Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida
||Sarasota County||DeSoto County||Highlands County|
|Gulf of Mexico||Glades County|
|Lee County||Hendry County|