As the future spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, North Port is a Florida city that is clearly on the move. In late September 2017, members of the North Port City Council passed a resolution that approved the constructions of a new baseball stadium that will be inaugurated in February of 2019. This development has been received with plenty of excitement by North Port residents who have been pleased with the direction their quiet city has taken over the last few years.
The Atlanta Braves are not the only ones who like what North Port has to offer; after all, this community is part of a metropolitan area that is currently ranked as the fifth most attractive in the United States for job seekers. The regional gross domestic product in 2016 was 3.5 percent, and it is projected to increase gradually until 2020 thanks to business expansion and a vibrant real estate market. This is a young community where nearly half of all households have at least one family member under the age of 18.
North Port offers the best of Sarasota and Charlotte counties; this city used to be mostly known for its affordable retirement communities, but in recent years it has emerged as a housing markets where first-time home buyers can acquire a nice home for less than $150K. As of 2017, life is very good for working families in North Port; the median income is higher than $52K and the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the Sunshine State. Since the year 2000, the North Port housing market has appreciated by nearly 60 percent while driving the home ownership rate to 73.7 percent, one of the highest in the United States.
Property investors have found that North Port is an ideal community for students who attend prestigious private colleges across Southwest Florida; these renters are attracted by the lack of traffic jams, low crime rates, opportunities for part-time employment, and abundant outdoor attractions such as the Myakka River State Park and the beaches of nearby Venice. Families like the quiet suburban ambiance and the opportunities for fishing, hiking, kayaking, and bike riding.
Although Sarasota is the crown jewel of the arts in Southwest Florida, North Port boasts its very own Performance Arts Center. As the city grows, more restaurants, breweries, cafes, movie theaters, parks, and other amenities are cropping up around the various neighborhoods as they prepare for the arrivals of the Atlanta Braves in 2019.