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Charlotte County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 159,978. Charlotte County was created on
April 23, 1921 from DeSoto County. The county
Punta Gorda, Florida. This county is named
from a version of the name of the Calusa, a group of Native Americans
from the area.
Charlotte County comprises the Punta Gorda, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the North Port-Sarasota, FL Combined Statistical Area.
The county is named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. "Charlotte" came from "Carlos" (English) or "Calos" (Calusa Indian).
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Charlotte County was established April 23, 1921. The county is named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. "Charlotte" came from "Carlos" (English) or "Calos" (Calusa Indian). In 1565, the Spanish named "Carlos Bay," followed by the English in 1775 who named the area Charlotte Harbor in tribute to the Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III. Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 859 square miles (2,225 km2), of which, 694 square miles (1,796 km2) of it is land and 166 square miles (429 km2) of it (19.27%) is water.
Charlotte county is located close to the center of Florida. Charlotte Harbor
Estuary is an important natural preserve and one of the most productive in Florida.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Florida SouthWestern State College maintains a campus in the county. Southern Technical College operates a campus in the county.