North Port : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in North Port

North Port is a fast growing city of about 74,000 on Florida's West Coast, located just inland between Venice and Port Charlotte. It was originally developed by the General Development Corporation as part of Port Charlotte. For more about the area see our reviews of those towns.


Where to Retire in North Port and Home Prices

There are any number of active communities in this area. See our Florida Directory above using "Find a Community". The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price in the broader area to be $515,000 during the 2nd quarter of 2022 in the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota area, which reflects a 28.8% increase from a year earlier.


What Is Special about North Port

The New York Times named North Port as its #2 pick as a place for an empty nester looking for an affordable place to retire where they can leave the snow behind. Its cost of housing is lower than many other cities in the area. It has a very large and well used Community Center. North Port is the spring training home for the Atlanta Braves. 2 There are 2 adjacent parks: Warm Mineral Springs and Myakka State Forest.


What Is Not Special about North Port

The area is vulnerable to hurricanes.


Who Will Like Retirement in North Port

Those looking for a warm climate and a low cost of living may enjoy living here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, tourism, and retirees are important to the local economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 62 degrees, July's average temperature is 81 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

North Port has an art center, orchestra, and several parks with outdoor activities. It is home to the Little Salt Spring, an archaeological and paleontological site owned by the University of Miami. There is a large new library.



The crime rate is below average.


Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Port Charlotte and Venice.



The town does offer SCAT bus service; the nearest large airport is Charlotte County Airport 18 miles away, Sarasota's International airport is about 45 miles away.


Valuable Links

North Port Chamber of Commerce

City of North Port


What people are saying about North Port

No Comments

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of

Login Here


Create Your Free Membership Account

Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Copyright © 2006-2023 All Rights Reserved.