Punta Gorda, FL
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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.

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 86.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Punta Gorda is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Punta Gorda who work in office and administrative support (17.13%), sales jobs (14.34%), and management occupations (11.73%).

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: 12.25% 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.

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 education level of Punta Gorda citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.55% of adults in Punta Gorda have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Punta Gorda in 2010 was $43,667, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,668 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 French .

The most common language spoken in Punta Gorda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hebrew.