North Port

Population: 60,871Median home value: $147,100 86 Ranks better than 99% of areas

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A+ North Port Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ North Port Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Florida
North Port
1044% more expensive than the US average
Florida
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
North Port cost of living
A North Port Crime Total crime is 53% lower than Florida
Total crime
1,37150% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7350% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
North Port crime
D+ North Port Employment Household income is 10% higher than Florida
Median household income
$53,8153% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,0709% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%10% lower than the US average
North Port employment
B+ North Port Housing Home value is 12% lower than Florida
Median home value
$147,10020% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9854% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%17% higher than the US average
North Port real estate or North Port rentals
B+ North Port Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
85%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
61%23% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
North Port K-12 schools

Living in North Port, FL

North Port is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 60,871 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (86% White). Given that fact, North Port could be considered less diverse than other cities. North Port has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 80% of the population is classified as married and 71% have kids.

Living in North Port can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Florida, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in North Port and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Florida and national averages.

With a livability score of 86 out of 100, North Port is ranked #235 in the United States and #20 in Florida. Compared to the United States average, North Port ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! North Port is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that North Port has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (A+), education (B+) and housing (B+).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy North Port on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Warm Mineral Springs, Heron Creek Golf Course, and Bobcat Trail Golf and Country Club.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 168 crimes per 100,000 residents, North Port has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, North Port has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Assuming that North Port meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in North Port. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in North Port are simply unattainable. The median home price for North Port homes is $147,100, which is 11.8% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in North Port, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 20.6% lower than the Florida average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in North Port will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In North Port, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.8%.

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Compare North Port, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near North Port, FL

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North Port, FL86060,871
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Harlem Heights, FL8541.21,291
Ridge Wood Heights, FL8423.94,410
Punta Gorda, FL8314.117,721
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There are not many places in this country where you can buy a 4 bedroom home (fairly new) on .25 acres for under $200K, AND still get quality. You would think it's because it's a lower-income area, but it's not. The area is growing....slowly, which IMHO is a good thing. There is very low crime, affordable homes, lots of open, clean spaces, and it is relatively close to everything (beaches, shopping, dining, etc.) It's coined a 'bedroom community' because it's where people come home to from outside areas where they work. With only 45 minutes to Sarasota, people will commute, but know that home is a tranquil respite. It has its down-sides, but in relation to other cities, it's all based on your particular likes. If you are single and like night-life, you would hate it. If you were ambulatory and need many types of medical facilities or therapeutic facilities, you would hate it. It has no WOW factor, but it's clean, safe and quiet. One thing that I noticed being a little strange is that almost everyone has a well, septic, and water softner. A lot of people are converting to city water. Those are just other things to have to take of, which may be a turn-off to perspective buyers. As well, some streets are not in the best condition and there are a lot of empty lots just buzzin' with insects. It'll take time, but the streets and lots will get cleaned/cleared up. In the meantime, enjoy the solitude - if that's your cup of tea.
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North Port has been growing tremendously over the last 10 years since I have lived here. There is a Sarasota Memorial emergency room on Toledo Blade. There are medical offices, restaurants, schools, parks, shopping plazas, library, and more. There is a Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and the Cocoplum Villages Shops that keeps expanding. It is a very large shopping plaza and there are several other smaller plazas. There are fast food restaurants and several other restaurants that have been there a long time and new ones that keep coming in.

There is a North Port Performing Arts Center, Skate Park, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, playgrounds, parks with tennis courts, and Library. At City Center there is a police station, fire station, post office, and activity center. There is also a flea market, grocery stores, Walgreens and CVS and a large Goodwill store.

There are two exits to I-75, one on Sumter and one on Toledo Blade. It is convenient to drive to Port Charlotte for the mall, the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, the Charlotte baseball Sports Park, bars for nightlife and more. You can either go to Sarasota to the north or Ft Myers to the south for larger city type life, just a 30 to 45 minute drive.
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It's nothing special but it's close to a lot.

Attractions5/10
Community6/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
I have lived in North Port for almost my entire life and, while it has some pros, it is definitely not the city for me. North Port itself has no shopping mall or any major shopping at all. There is a brand-new strip mall with a Ross, Sports Authority and Hobby Lobby but that's the best shopping we have and, like I said, it's brand-new. There aren't really any good restaurants in North Port aside from an Applebees and a Panera Bread. You have to drive either 35 minutes to Sarasota or 35/45 minutes south to Punta Gorda/Fort Myers for any real restaurants, nightlife or shopping. North Port has a few sports bars and they are all on the same southern edge of town near the Port Charlotte / North Port line.

The best thing about North Port is the proximity to the beach. There are beaches as close as 20 minutes and Siesta Key beach (which is rated one of the top beaches in the country) is only about 30 minutes away in Sarasota. It is easy to go boating, scuba diving, kayaking, etc down here so if you are in to outside/water sports this is a great place to be. I'm not really much of a beachgoer so I don't love it here.

I was surprised to see the crime here rated a "C" because I've never seen any evidence of that. The worst thing down here is the drug problem, mostly prescription abuse, but that's everywhere. Violent crime is at a minimum and I've never once felt afraid in town. I've always felt very safe and protected. The North Port Police Department is actually known for their strict enforcement of the law and it's common to hear people say, "You've got to be careful in North Port. The police there are everywhere." which is a good thing if you're not up to trouble.

The cost of living isn't ridiculous according to Florida standards but it is hard to live in North Port because of the lack of jobs. Like I said above, North Port seriously lacks industry. There wasn't even a hospital in North Port until a few years ago and even now it's not a hospital so much as it is an emergency room. You still have to go to Port Charlotte or Sarasota for a full hospital. My doctors are in Port Charlotte and I have to drive 30 minutes to work in Punta Gorda. Unless you work in retail or for the city it will be difficult to find work here. You will end up driving 30-45 minutes to work in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda (to the south) or Venice or Sarasota (to the north). Sarasota is more expensive than North Port but it's easier to find work and there is much more shopping/nightlife/culture up there. I would recommend either looking into Fort Myers / Cape Coral in Lee County or Sarasota in Sarasota County. The Port Charlotte / North Port area needs to grow a lot before it really has anything to offer anyone.
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Source: The North Port, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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