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 19,761 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Punta Gorda is the 147th largest community in Florida.
Punta Gorda home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Punta Gorda real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Punta Gorda is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.41% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Punta Gorda who work in sales jobs (15.08%), management occupations (13.06%), and office and administrative support (12.77%).
Also of interest is that Punta Gorda has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.11% 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.
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Punta Gorda is worth considering.
Punta Gorda is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Punta Gorda are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.77% of adults in Punta Gorda have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Punta Gorda in 2010 was $43,555, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,220 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Punta Gorda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.