Punta Gorda, Florida
Punta Gorda City Hall
Punta Gorda was founded at the point where the Peace River meets Charlotte Harbor in 1875. Not much happened for the ten years, then the South Florida Railroad was extended to the site in 1886 to service local phosphate mining operations. That also brought land developers and tourists. Originally known as "Trabue," the settlement was renamed Punta Gorda with the filing of incorporation documents in 1887.
In those early days, Punta Gorda was at the end of the railroad line, and that location had a tendency to attract unsavory characters: between 1890 and 1904 there were 40 murders in town. Then in 1904, the railroad was extended to Fort Myers... In 1921, the first highway bridge connecting Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor was built as part of the creation of the Tamiami Trail.
Zip Codes: 33927, 33950, 33951, 33955, 33982, 33983
High School or Higher: 90.4%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 32.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 12.5%
Cost of Living Index for Punta Gorda: 94.4
Median Household Income: $54,850
Median Home Value: $310,500
Population Density: 1,208 People per Square Mile
Median Resident Age: 63.6 Years
Retail Services, Health Care, Social Services, Professional Services, Construction, Manufacturing, Real Estate Services, Transportation Services, Insurance & Financial Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government
Unemployed (June 2014): 9.0%