North Port, Florida

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North Port
Official seal of North Port
Seal
Official logo of North Port
Logo
Etymology: Shortened form of North Port Charlotte
Motto(s): 
Achieve Anything
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°3′58″N 82°10′19″W / 27.06611°N 82.17194°W / 27.06611; -82.17194Coordinates: 27°3′58″N 82°10′19″W / 27.06611°N 82.17194°W / 27.06611; -82.17194[1]
Country United States
State Florida
County Sarasota
IncorporatedJune 20, 1959 (1959-06-20)
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager government
 • City ManagerPeter D. Lear, CPA, CGMA
 • City MayorChristopher Hanks
Area
 • Total104.16 sq mi (269.8 km2)
 • Land99.58 sq mi (257.9 km2)
 • Water4.58 sq mi (11.9 km2)  4.40%
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total57,357
 • Estimate 
(2017)[3]
66,300
 • Density550/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34286–34291
Area codes941
FIPS code12-49675
GNIS feature ID0294334
Websitecityofnorthport.com
[4]

North Port is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The population was 57,357 at the 2010 US Census.[5] It is part of the North PortBradentonSarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was originally developed by General Development Corporation as the northern / Sarasota County portion of its Port Charlotte development, the other portion located in the adjacent Charlotte County. GDC dubbed it North Port Charlotte, and it was incorporated under that name through a special act of the Florida Legislature in 1959. By referendum in 1974, the city's residents approved a change to its name as North Port, dropping Charlotte from its name to proclaim the city as a separate identity.[6][7]

Geography[edit]

North Port is a municipality containing very large-scale residential subdivisions along with an extensive network of streets. The municipality has annexed nearby locales including the area known as Warm Mineral Springs, the location of a notable artesian spring as well as its own significant residential subdivision.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 104.16 square miles (269.8 km2), of which 99.58 square miles (257.9 km2) is land and 4.58 square miles (11.9 km2) (4.40%) is water.

City government[edit]

The city of North Port has its own police force, fire department, and waste management.[8] City Hall of North Port is located at 4970 City Hall Boulevard.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960178
19702,2441,160.7%
19806,205176.5%
199011,97393.0%
200022,79790.4%
201057,357151.6%
Est. 201766,300[3]15.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the 2010 US Census, there were 57,357 people and 27,986 households residing in the city. The population density was 576.0 inhabitants per square mile (222.4/km2). There were 27,986 housing units at an average density of 281.0 per square mile (108.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.[5]

Of the 22,431 households, 49.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.[5]

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 20, 4.4% from 20 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 1.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females, there were approximately 94 males. For every 100 females age 20 and over, there were approximately 97 males.[5]

As of 2010, the median income for a household in the city was $53,815. The per capita income for the city was $27,070. About 12.3% of people were below the poverty line.[11]

Schools[edit]

Entrance to North Port High School, home of the Bobcats

North Port has five elementary schools, one public charter school, two middle schools, one high school, and one college [12] operated by Sarasota County Public Schools.

  • Toledo Blade Elementary School (K-5)
  • Glenallen Elementary School (K-5)
  • Cranberry Elementary School (K-5)
  • Atwater Elementary School (K-5)
  • Lamarque Elementary School (K-5)
  • Imagine School at North Port (K-12)
  • Heron Creek Middle School (6-8)
  • Woodland Middle School (6-8)
  • North Port High School (9-12)
  • Suncoast Technical College

Sports[edit]

In 2020, North Port will be the Spring Training home for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will also hold extended spring training in North Port.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "North Port". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. October 19, 1979. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "North Port city, Florida". Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010; 2010 Demographic Profile Data. U.S. Census Bureau.
  6. ^ City of North Port History Book
  7. ^ City of North Port Charter, §1.02, City Ordinance 74-5
  8. ^ "City Services". City of North Port. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Contact us". City of North Port. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census Data for the City of North Port". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ North Port, FL : Education
  13. ^ Murdock, Zack (January 24, 2017). "Atlanta Braves executives 'can't wait' to land in North Port stadium". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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