Punta Rassa, Florida

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Punta Rassa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,731 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cape CoralFort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Punta Rassa is located at 26°30′38″N 81°59′56″W / 26.51056°N 81.99889°W / 26.51056; -81.99889 (26.510444, -81.998808)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.6 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it (47.66%) is water.


Punta Rassa was an important cattle town in the 1800s, being the point where Florida's "crackers" would drive their cattle to ship to Cuba. The spot figured prominently in the historical novel "A Land Remembered," by Patrick D. Smith. Punta Rassa also held the telegraph office that first learned of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Cuba.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,731 people, 1,015 households, and 481 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 734.8 people per square mile (283.2/km²). There were 1,372 housing units at an average density of 582.4/sq mi (224.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.25% White, 0.35% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 1,015 households out of which 1.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 0.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.6% were non-families. 52.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 48.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.53 and the average family size was 2.09.

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