The City of North Port is a young, emerging city whose image and personality have been defined as a community full of potential and vitality where anything is possible. Centrally located between Tampa and Fort Myers, the city is located in Sarasota County Florida, and has a population of more than 70,000 residents, and a land area of 104.1 square miles making it one of the largest cities in Florida. The city is growing and has recently become the lead city in the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
The community has been planning for the future and investing in the things that are essential to growth and viability to the tune of $1 Billion. Over the past 10 years we have endeavored to improve our roadways, expand our wastewater treatment capacity, build new fire stations, schools, parks and recreation facilities, and increase sewer and water infrastructure to accommodate new development opportunities while maintaining our unique, natural environment.
As a newly developing community with a blend of strong business leaders and an entrepreneurial spirit, North Port has been listed No. 1 in financial well-being in 2016 as well as No. 1 U.S. metro area for well-being by Gallup-Healthways in 2015. According to the U.S. Census in 2015, North Port is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation. Wallet Hub named North Port as the second best metro area in Florida to work for small business. North Port was recognized as a Playful City USA for the seventh consecutive year in 2014 by KaBoom!
Because of its unique, natural environment and its city leadership that pro-actively protects and preserves its tree canopies, bike and hike trails, fowl and fauna, waterways, etc., North Port is becoming known as an alternative tourist destination. The American Lung Association recognized North Port-Sarasota as one of the 15 cleanest cities in the United States in 2014.
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City of North Port Quick Facts
Updated as of: June 2016
Population: 62,235 residents (University of Florida Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 2015 Population Estimates)
The City of North Port is the largest city in Sarasota County in both land mass and population. The City of North Port is now the lead city in the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Median resident age: 42 years
Estimated median household income:
North Port: $52,260
Per capita personal income: $24,902
Per capita property tax revenue: n/a
Races in North Port (American Community Survey 2007-2011):
• White Non-Hispanic: 87.6%
• Black: 7.0%
• Hispanic: 8.7%
• Two or more races: 2.2%
• Some Other race: 2.3%
• American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
Ancestries: German (18.9%); Irish (16.9%); English (8.9%); Italian (9.6%); American (7.9%); Polish (5.3%); French (4.2%).
6,979 residents are foreign born
Elevation: 11 feet
Land area: 104 square miles. The City is one of the 10 largest in the state of Florida.
For population 25 years and older in North Port:
• High school or higher: 90.4%
• Bachelor’s degree of higher: 17.5%
• Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
• Unemployed: 5.3% [Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics April 2016]
• Mean travel time to work: 27.7 minutes.
Housing occupancy in North Port:
• Total housing units: 26,928
• Occupied housing units: 77.5%
• Vacant housing units: 22.5%
Percent of residents that are retirees: 17.9%
Average household size: 2.55
Percentage of family households: 72.2%
Residents with income below the poverty level within last 12 months: 7.0%
Median cost of a single-family dwelling: $ 152,500
Median monthly cost of a 2-bedroom apartment: $ n/a
Number of motel/hotel rooms: 46
• The City has excellent access to Interstate 75 and is located within 45 to 90 minutes of 3 international, 1 regional, and 2 municipal airport facilities
o Tampa International Airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport
o Charlotte County Airport, Venice Municipal Airport, Arcadia Municipal Airport
• The Port of Manatee, the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, is approximately an hour from North Port.
Sources: US Census 2010; 2007-2011 American Community Survey; Sarasota County Public Schools, University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research