North Port has recently completed some exciting economic development projects in response to the city's growth as a family community, with new shopping and consumer plazas, an impressive Performing Art Center and three new schools-- an elementary school opening 2004, Heron Creek Middle school opened in 2003, and North Port High School opened 2001. Due to the modern facilities, North Port is rapidly expanding as an ideal Florida city for young families.
North Port is an active community with many recreational opportunities. Easy access to the Myakka river through many waterways within the city, makes fishing and boating is a popular activity. There are several renowned golf courses within the community. The Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park has nature trails, while other parks have fields for soccer, baseball, football, tennis, basketball, and picnicing. The city maintains a beautification plan that has earned it the title as a Tree City USA. The allure of the area's hot springs attracts many to the Warm Mineral Springs Spa, a mineral-rich, naturally-heated lake, and Little Salt Springs.
Much of the appeal for young families are modern amenities, the appeal of the gulf of Mexico and numerous waterways, and surprisingly affordable housing. Housing in North Port has a blend of large luxury homes, newer homes in lower cost communities, and developments with acreage for horse-properties and estates.