Punta Gorda is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 18,150 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Punta Gorda is the 147th largest community in Florida.
Housing costs in Punta Gorda are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.
Punta Gorda is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Punta Gorda is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Punta Gorda who work in office and administrative support (19.88%), sales jobs (16.49%), and management occupations (12.49%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.22% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Punta Gorda has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Punta Gorda has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Punta Gorda than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Punta Gorda may be for you.
One of the nice things about Punta Gorda is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The population of Punta Gorda is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.45% of adults in Punta Gorda have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Punta Gorda in 2010 was $39,997, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,988 for a family of four. However, Punta Gorda contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Punta Gorda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Punta Gorda residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Punta Gorda include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Punta Gorda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hebrew.