Port Charlotte is located in southwest Florida, along the Gulf Coast and approximately 28 miles north of Fort Myers and 26 miles southeast of Venice. The community is situated in Charlotte County and remains an unincorporated area to this day. Port Charlotte apartments for rent offer attractive options to those looking to join the growing population of an estimated 54,300 people. The community occupies roughly 28.43 square miles of land, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Port Charlotte sits on Charlotte Harbor and Alligator Bay, providing residents with a wide array of seaside attractions. Residents enjoy easy access to numerous major roads, including nearby Interstate 75, which crosses the bay and allows for convenient access to southern Florida. Charlotte County Airport is also just across the bay alongside Interstate 75 and Southwest Florida International Airport is less than 45 miles south.
According to Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce website, Port Charlotte is a relatively new community that wasn't developed until the late 1950s. While Port Charlotte is still unincorporated, it prides itself on offering all the services and amenities of a larger city. The community's education system includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. Residents also have access to numerous church-aligned schools, a technical center and three area hospitals.
Those looking for Port Charlotte apartments will be happy to discover that the cost of living in the community was assigned a value of 92.1 as of March 2012, which is 7.9 percent less than the national average of 100. A particularly popular part of town is the Murdock area in northern Port Charlotte, which is known to be a dynamic shopping and business center, the county website indicated.
There are many things to experience in this picturesque seaside community. The area features more than 165 miles of man-made waterways, with a majority of them allowing access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.
A day of prime recreation can be found in the community's numerous golf courses, yacht clubs, tennis courts, parks and boating facilities. Pool and beachside swimming is also a popular activity in Port Charlotte, as residents take advantage of the miles of natural shoreline.
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