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North Port, Florida
The North Port Public Library
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Official seal of North Port, Florida
Official logo of North Port, Florida
Etymology: Shortened form of North Port Charlotte
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Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Sarasota
Incorporated June 20, 1959 (1959-06-20)
 • Type Council–manager government
 • Total 104.21 sq mi (269.91 km2)
 • Land 99.38 sq mi (257.39 km2)
 • Water 4.83 sq mi (12.52 km2)  4.40%
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 74,793
 • Density 752.60/sq mi (290.58/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34286, 34287, 34288, 34289, 34290, 34291, 34293
Area codes 941
FIPS code 12-49675
GNIS feature ID 0294334

North Port is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The population was 74,793 at the 2020 US Census. It is part of the North PortBradentonSarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was originally developed by General Development Corporation as the northern / Sarasota County portion of its Port Charlotte development, the other portion located in the adjacent Charlotte County. GDC dubbed the city North Port Charlotte, and it was incorporated under that name through a special act of the Florida Legislature in 1959. By referendum in 1974, the city's residents approved a change to its name as North Port, dropping Charlotte from its name to proclaim the city as a separate identity. It is home to the Little Salt Spring, an archaeological and paleontological site owned by the University of Miami.


North Port is located at 27°03′58″N 82°10′19″W / 27.066004°N 82.172024°W / 27.066004; -82.172024.

North Port is a rapidly growing municipality (circa 2005) containing very large-scale residential subdivisions along with an extensive network of streets. The municipality has annexed nearby locales including the area known as Warm Mineral Springs, the location of a notable artesian spring as well as its own significant residential subdivision.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 75.5 square miles (196 km2), of which 74.8 square miles (194 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (1.02%) is water.

Little Salt Spring is located within North Port.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 178
1970 2,244 1,160.7%
1980 6,205 176.5%
1990 11,973 93.0%
2000 22,797 90.4%
2010 57,357 151.6%
2020 74,793 30.4%
U.S. Decennial Census 2020

As of the 2020 US Census, there were 74,793 people and 27,986 households residing in the city. The population density was 576.0 inhabitants per square mile (222.4/km2). There were 27,986 housing units at an average density of 281.0 per square mile (108.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.

Of the 22,431 households, 49.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population age was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 20, 4.4% from 20 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 1.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females, there were approximately 94 males. For every 100 females age 20 and over, there were approximately 97 males.

As of 2020, the median income for a household in the city was $62,097. The per capita income for the city was $30,384. About 7.5% of people were below the poverty line.


North Port is the Spring Training home for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves also hold extended spring training in North Port.


North Port High School Entrance
Entrance to North Port High School

North Port has five elementary schools, one public charter school, two middle schools, one high school, and one college operated by Sarasota County Public Schools.

  • Toledo Blade Elementary School (K–5)
  • Glenallen Elementary School (K–5)
  • Cranberry Elementary School (K–5)
  • Atwater Elementary School (K–5)
  • Lamarque Elementary School (K–5)
  • Imagine School at North Port (K–12)
  • Heron Creek Middle School (6–8)
  • Woodland Middle School (6–8)
  • North Port High School (9–12)
  • Suncoast Technical College

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