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Punta Gorda

The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama and on the west at the end of the panhandle by Alabama.
Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. It is the principal city and is included in the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,344 at the 2000 census and according to the census bureau the population was 17,215 in 2004. It is the county seat of Charlotte County. The census estimated the population of 17,111 inhabitants in 2005.
Punta Gorda was the scene of massive destruction after Hurricane Charley, a category 4 hurricane which came through the city on August 13, 2004. Charley was the worst tropical system to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. According to the United States census bureau, the city has a total area of 47.9 square kilometers out of which 36.7 square kilometers is land and 11.2 square kilometers that is 23.32 percent is water.
In the city the population was spread out with 8.2 percent under the age of 18, 2.1 percent from 18 to 24 years of age, 9.9 percent from 25 to 44, 33.4 percent from 45 to 64 and 46.4 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 64 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males and for every 100 females age 18 and over there were 88.9 males.

The city is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of Florida and is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The city has undergone some major improvement in various fields and enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers and has become a centre of industry, administration and culture.

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