North Port Lifestyle
North Port is the fourth largest city by land area in Florida; with 77 square miles of land and an 8,000-acre state forest within its limits, it is just a huge landmass.
There is another fact that amazes everybody: only ten percent of the whole area is populated. During season, the population still measures only 59,000. Thirty years ago, North Port had even less than 20,000 residents living within the cities boundaries. At that time is was really quiet in North Port. No big stores and no fun. Can you imagine to live in such a place?
That has changed dramatically. Today, North Port is a thriving community with plenty of job opportunities for younger people.
Fantastic job opportunities are paired with great leisure activities. This is a combination that is attracting young families, while the latter is appealing for retired folk as well.
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Dining and Shopping
Along U.S. 41 you find plenty of new stores, shops, restaurants, and cafés. Many of them are located in small or big neighborhood shopping plazas. Check out the menu of fine restaurants in North Port, Florida, here...
Parks and Recreation
There are plenty of parks, golf courses and walking trails in North Port which make living in this community even better.
The beautiful Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park offers walking trails, kayak/canoe launch, picnic shelters parking and restrooms. The Blue Ridge Park is a neighborhood park and provides water access to the Blue Ridge Water Trail, with playground, restrooms and fishing dock. However, North Port has many more parks waiting for visitors. Check them out here...
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North Port is conveniently located on the west coast of Florida, between Tampa and Fort Myers. There are currently three exits on Interstate 75 within city limits.
North Port’s stretch of U.S. 41 is attractive and booming, with street widening ready for new traffic. New stores, cafe's and restaurants are everywhere waiting for customers.
The three International Airports (Sarasota, Tampa and Fort Myers) are easy to reach. All Golf Coast Beaches (Englewood, Venice and Siesta Key) are also within a 30 minutes drive.
Information about the Area
North Port is wide awake and is “improving” every day. The city even became the “lead City” in the North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area.
However, keep in mind that the city with its numerous recreational opportunities and 1,000 acres of beautiful parks does not have a single foot of shoreline. Therefore, people have to face a 20 minute drive to reach the next beach, which is in Englewood.
Does that mean that there are no waterfront properties available? Yes, of course, there are plenty of waterfront properties, but they are all on freshwater canals, lakes, and along the harbor. But not a single one is facing the Gulf of Mexico.
So, Lakes and miles of freshwater canals provide ample of waterfront opportunities in North Port. There are also waterfront properties with direct access to the stunning Myakka River. This river is a designated “Wild and Scenic River” with alligators, aquatic birds and many more species of animals. So, what else do you need when you are a nature lover?
Small Businesses keep the Ball rolling
North Port has a small business/self-employed culture. It is not the “big guys” who are offering most of the jobs; the small businesses keep the economy of the area afloat.
This does by far not mean that there are no large companies offering employment, too, but there are just not enough of them there.
Both, the city of North Port and the Sarasota County government, do everything they can to attract and nurture new companies, and they are pretty successful with their efforts.
The economic development ad valorem tax exemption program, for example, actually designed for the entire Sarasota County, helps encouraging new businesses to relocate to the area. The program authorizes the City to grant qualifying businesses a property tax exemption for up to 100% for up to ten years on both, real and tangible, property.
Impact fees, utility and land cost are also very reasonable. Opportunities for additional education and training through local schools, colleges and Universities are great, too. All this is exactly what young families and startup companies are looking for.
North Port Demographics
Compared to many other cities in Florida, the population in North Port is a lot younger. The reason is that North Port is not all about recreation and retirement. When new businesses are popping up everywhere, that is exactly what is attracting a younger workforce. Especially with all the new construction, there is always a shortage of qualified employees.
Therefore the median age of the residents is somewhat around 40+. That is a lot younger when compared to other areas in Florida. The median age in Sun City (Florida) is 73. So, what do you say now?
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