Charlotte County, Florida

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Charlotte County, Florida
Seal of Charlotte County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Charlotte County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded April 23, 1921
Seat Punta Gorda
Largest city Port Charlotte
Area
 • 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%
Population
 • (2010) 159,978
 • Density 231/sq mi (89.07/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.charlottecountyfl.gov

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.[1] Its county seat is Punta Gorda, Florida[2].

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.

History[edit]

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.

On August 13, 2004 Charlotte County was devastated when Hurricane Charley came ashore near Port Charlotte as a Category 4 hurricane.

Historic places[edit]

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.

Geography[edit]

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.[3] Charlotte Harbor Estuary is an important natural preserve and one of the most productive in Florida.[citation needed]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,013
1940 3,663 −8.7%
1950 4,286 17.0%
1960 12,594 193.8%
1970 27,559 118.8%
1980 58,460 112.1%
1990 110,975 89.8%
2000 141,627 27.6%
2010 159,978 13.0%
Est. 2012 162,449 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] 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.[7] The median age in 2010 for Charlotte County was 55.9 years, second only to Sumter County in Florida.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated[edit]

New city[edit]

Unincorporated[edit]

Government[edit]

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

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results[8]
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 56.5% 42.3% 1.2%
2008 52.9% 45.7% 1.5%
2004 55.7% 42.9% 1.4%
2000 53.0% 44.3% 2.7%
1996 44.2% 43.0% 12.7%
1992 39.2% 36.9% 23.9%
1988 64.0% 35.4% 0.6%

Library[edit]

The Charlotte County Library System consists of 4 library branches.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florida’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas - Population - retrieved July 18, 2006
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ [1] Last accessed November 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Dave Leip's US Presidential Elections. Last accessed November 15, 2006.

External links[edit]

Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special Districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Animal Shelter[edit]

Coordinates: 26°54′N 81°57′W / 26.90°N 81.95°W / 26.90; -81.95