Punta Gorda is located in Southwest Florida, in Charlotte County. It is located about 30 miles north of Fort Myers and a couple hours south of Tampa, which means if you are spoiled, make a good paycheck or somehow know people out there you have some chances of enjoying yourself. I fit none of those criteria.
As a bit of a breakdown of ages, 8.3% of the residents are under the age of 18, while 2.1% of the residents are aged 18-24. So basically, after everyone graduates high school, a good 75% of them flee town as fast as they can. Can't blame them, since HALF the population is 65 years or older.
For anyone 50+ years of age, married and close to retirement, it's heaven on earth.
For any 20 year old single male without enough money to evacuate (temporarily or permanently), it's hell on earth.
Punta Gorda killed my hopes and dreams.
Parents: "Hey, we're moving to Punta Gorda. It's always warm there, and everything is cheaper!"
*Doesn't bother doing research of his own, takes their word for it*
1 year later:
"Fuck my life..."