The cost of living in Punta Gorda is among the most attractive in Florida, and significantly below many metropolitan areas across the country.
According to BestPlaces.net’s cost of living calculator, living in Punta Gorda is nine percent less expensive than Sarasota, the next major Florida gulf coast city to the north. To the south, Naples, Florida is 19 percent more expensive than Punta Gorda. If you are looking to comparison shop with other Florida locations, CNN.com rates the Punta Gorda area cost of living below Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Tallahassee.
And if you’re thinking about Miami or Fort Lauderdale, there’s no comparison! You would need a 20 percent raise just to keep up!
How about the rest of the nation? Let’s put it this way. If you earned $100,000 in Punta Gorda, you would need to earn a quarter of a million dollars just to keep up in New York!