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North Port is located in Sarasota County, Florida. The city is home to more than 74,000 residents. It is part of the North Port–Bradenton–Sarasota 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. It is home to the Little Salt Spring, an archaeological and paleontological site owned by the University of Miami.
North Port features large-scale residential subdivisions along with an extensive network of streets. The City includes the Wellen Park area (formerly known as the West Villages), which is one of the fastest growing planned communities in the country. Other areas include 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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
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.
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.
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.
North Port has five elementary schools, one public charter school, two middle schools, one high school, and one college 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