Located halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, Port Charlotte is known for its coastal lifestyle, small-town feel, and friendly community. The area offers affordable housing and plenty of outdoor activities, making it popular among families, retirees, and anyone who loves spending time on the water.

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Port Charlotte, you’re in the right place! Here’s a round-up of some of the most important things you need to know before you make your move.

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Many people move to Port Charlotte for the beautiful weather. While the summers can be long, hot, and very humid, there’s definitely no snow to shovel here! Average daily highs are around 90°F in the summer.

During the “winter” season, which runs from early December through the end of February, average highs are around 73°F and average lows are around 53°F. It rarely gets below 40°F. It also rains quite a bit between the end of May and the end of September, with the chance of rain being greater than 42% on any given day.  


If you’re thinking of moving to Port Charlotte with children, you’ll be glad to know that the schools here are above average. The city is served by the Charlotte County School District. There are approximately 15,284 students here, the student-teacher ratio is 22 to 1, and the average graduation rate is 86%. The top-rated public schools in Port Charlotte include:

  • Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School
  • Charlotte High School
  • Lemon Bay High School
  • Sallie Jones Elementary School
  • Deep Creek Elementary School
  • East Elementary School

There are also several excellent colleges and universities nearby, including Southwest Florida College (Fort Myers), Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota), State College of Florida Manatee Sarasota (Bradenton), South Florida Community College (Avon Park), and Hodges University (Naples).



When you start searching for a home in Port Charlotte, you’ll find that the property values are still affordable here. In January 2023, the median home sale price was just $294,500, significantly lower than in other cities nearby. However, the real estate market in Port Charlotte is somewhat competitive.

Homes that are considered “hot” often go pending in as little as six days, and multiple offers are possible. Average homes tend to go pending in around 26 days and sell for about 3% lower than the asking price. While there are many single-family homes in Port Charlotte, you’ll also find a decent selection of apartments, condos, and townhomes here as well.


Not only can you find affordable homes in Port Charlotte, but the average cost of living here is also 1.7% lower than the national average. The lack of a state income tax is also a significant benefit for those moving from high-tax states. However, it’s important to note that one of the reasons why things here are less expensive is because the average household income is $60,625, which is quite a bit less than the national average.


The population in Port Charlotte is 62,494 and it is growing at an annual rate of 1.01%. The city spans approximately 32 miles, giving it a population density of 2,194 people per square mile.

The median age here is 55.6 and the demographics are primarily white (83.73%), black or African American (8.82%), and multi-racial (4.11%). About 38.8% of the adult population is made up of senior citizens. Approximately 50% of the population is married and 78.9% own their homes.


Overall, Port Charlotte is a safe place to live, work, and raise your family. The city received a rating of B-minus from CrimeGrade.org. Residents here generally say the northwest part of the city is the safest. Here, there are about 31 crimes in a typical year, while in the eastern parts of the city, there are typically about 680 crimes per year.


Port Charlotte is located near U.S. 41, making north-south driving fairly easy. It’s just a short drive away from Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples, allowing for quick access to all of the amenities and entertainment options offered in these larger cities. Traffic can be heavy here, particularly during the peak tourist season, which typically runs from March through June.

Port Charlotte is also just 8 miles from Charlette County Airport (PGD), 42 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), and 55 miles from Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).


PORT CHARLOTTE DINING, Shopping, and Entertainment

If you like to spend time outdoors, you’ll love living in Port Charlotte. The city is close to the world-famous Siesta Key Beach as well as Boca Grande and Port Charlotte Beach State Park. Many residents enjoy being on the water, whether they are boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, or fishing.

The Tampa Bay Rays hold their spring training season at Charlotte Sports Park, and there are seven beautiful golf courses in Port Charlotte as well. The Port Charlotte Town Center Mall is a popular shopping location, and there are a wide range of wonderful restaurants both in Port Charlotte and in the nearby cities.

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