Charlotte County is located in southwestern Florida. The County Seat is Punta Gorda and the largest city is Port Charlotte. The Official Web Site is located at https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 168,474 and the 2010 census population was 159,989. The land area is 680.28 square miles and there are 235.2 persons per square mile.
90.7% of the population is White, 6.1% is Black or African American, 6.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.3% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 88.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 21.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $143,700, there are 70,545 households, an average of 2.24 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,286, the median household income is $44,378, and 12.6% of the persons in Charlotte County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 13,987. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,898,114, and sales per capita were $12,072. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.4%.
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