North Port, Florida

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North Port is a city in southern Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The population was 22,797 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 54,308.[1] It is part of the BradentonSarasotaVenice Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was originally developed by General Development Corporation as the northern or Sarasota County part of its Port Charlotte development. GDC dubbed it 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 simply North Port to proclaim its separate identity.[3][4]



North Port is located at 27°03′58″N 82°10′19″W / 27.066004°N 82.172024°W / 27.066004; -82.172024.[5]

North Port is a rapidly growing municipality (circa 2005) containing very large-scale residential subdivision 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 195.6 km² (75.5 mi²). 193.7 km² (74.8 mi²) of it is land and 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it (1.02%) is water.

Little Salt Spring is located within North Port.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 22,797 people, 9,111 households, and 6,632 families residing in the city. The population density was 117.7/km² (304.9/mi²). There were 10,302 housing units at an average density of 53.2/km² (137.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.67% White, 4.18% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

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