Port Charlotte, named the 2009 #1 Best Place to Retire by CNNMoney.com, was created and developed in the late 1950's. The population of the unincorporated area of Charlotte County, including Port Charlotte, is approximately 146,284 residents. An established, yet still growing area, Port Charlotte has the services and amenities necessary for the convenience and enjoyment of its residents and visitors.
Schools in the immediate Port Charlotte area include six elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and Technical Center, in addition to several church-related schools. Two of the three area hospitals are located in Port Charlotte.
The Murdock area of northern Port Charlotte is a dynamic, growing shopping-business center. Shopping areas, office complexes, financial institutions, theaters, restaurants, and motels have been built in recent years. A regional shopping mall anchors the area.
Recreational opportunities abound—golf courses, yacht clubs, tennis courts, parks, boating facilities, pool and beach swimming—and more. The unique Cultural Center of Charlotte County offers educational, recreational, and cultural activities almost every day of the week, 52 weeks of the year.
Port Charlotte has more than 165 miles of man-made waterways, many with access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. There are miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and Myakka Rivers.