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Overview

Introduction to Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida is known as one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family. This is due in large part to the city’s thriving recreational and cultural opportunities that offer something for everyone. The business scene is healthy and growing, and the city has top-quality schools and an affordable cost of living. Its rolling white-sand beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast create an atmosphere of luxury in a friendly community. There are a number of colleges in the area, including New College of Florida, Ringling School of Art and Design, the University of South Florida, Sarasota County Technical Institute and Keiser College.

Sarasota Culture

The Sarasota area has a wide variety of cultural activities similar to that of a large city. Museums, theaters, symphonies, galleries, ballet, opera and performances are just some of the major ways in which Sarasota has created a vibrant arts community. Sarasota County is known as Florida’s "Cultural Coast," and it is more extensive than many much larger counties. There’s the Ringling Museum of Art and the Florida State Art Museum. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a very notable attraction. In the galleries and museums, visitors can see everything from Asian art to Circus memorabilia. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall hosts a variety of performances. Other attractions include the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida West Coast Symphony, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Film Festival and Towles Court Art Association.

Sarasota Sports and Leisure

Sarasota’s climate offers year-round opportunities for everyone to enjoy the recreational activities they love. The city has 35 miles of waterfront and 13 public beaches, allowing residents to enjoy such activities as boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming or walking. Sarasota is also the perfect place to live for golf. There are more than 60 public and private golf courses, and nine of the Florida Golf News top 20 courses are in Sarasota County. And four of the local courses are in the top 100 in the state. Shopping is also a sport in Sarasota, with everything available from one-of-a-kind items to original artwork to antiques. And for spectator sports, residents can watch biking, tennis, baseball, football, polo and ice hockey.

Sarasota Outdoors

Natural beauty is an everyday affair in Sarasota, where kayaking or canoeing through tunnels of mangroves or checking out marine life on a bay cruise is par for the course. Windsurfing, parasailing and fishing are huge here, and there are plenty of places to go to participate in these types of activities. South Lido Park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay and Brushy Bayou, and it offers endless beach combing an nature trails.

Sarasota at Night

Sarasota has a vibrant nightlife scene that offers something for just about anyone who wants to have fun at night. There’s Captain Curt’s Back Room, a sports bar and lounge with a friendly atmosphere, live music, karaoke, seafood, ribs and satellite TV. Sunset Entertainment Cruises allow visitors the chance to enjoy their evening on a romantic cruise on Sarasota Bay featuring live island-style music and dancing. Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key is one of the hottest spots in the city for meeting new people in a friendly atmosphere.

People

Total Population 53,583
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 24.4%
Employed Population 16+ 23,783
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 39.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,547
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,669

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,494
% Above Poverty Level 80.5%
% Below Poverty Level 19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.2%
Median Gross Rent $933
Median House Value $169,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.9%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sarasota Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 42 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Sarasota
Metro Area Sarasota - Bradenton
Standard Zip Codes 34231, 34232, 34233, 34234, 34235, 34236, 34237, 34238, 34239, 34240, 34241, 34242, 34243
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34230, 34260, 34276, 34277, 34278
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.336
Longitude -82.53

Sarasota Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BRADENTON 5 ESE
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 72 F
Apr Temp 60 to 82 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Station MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 86 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 65 to 87 F
Annual Precip 58.9 inches
Station VENICE
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 73 F
Apr Temp 61 to 82 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sarasota, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Manasota (34260)

Pinecraft (34278)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bradenton 51,811 $50,217
Bradenton Beach 946 $53,056
Holmes Beach 4,045 $78,929
Longboat Key 7,072 $135,614
Palmetto 12,973 $46,486
Venice 21,402 $68,073

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sarasota Public Libraries

Library
Sarasota County Public Libraries
"TWIN LAKES PARK, 6700 CLARK ROAD"
Sarasota, Florida
(941) 316-1172

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Sarasota Hospitals

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF SARASOTA
(Proprietary)
5731 BEE RIDGE ROAD
(941) 342-1100
Emergency Service: No

SARASOTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1700 S TAMIAMI TRAIL
(941) 917-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sarasota High Schools

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SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL
1000 S SCHOOL AVENUE
941-955-0181
Serves 2,626 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
1 RAM WAY
941-923-1484
Serves 2,587 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

BOOKER HIGH SCHOOL
3201 N ORANGE AVENUE
941-355-2967
Serves 1,590 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

SARASOTA MILITARY ACADEMY
801 N ORANGE AVENUE
941-926-1700
A Charter School.
Serves 391 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

OAK PARK SCHOOL
7285 PROCTOR ROAD
941-361-6428
A Special Education School
Serves 380 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

CYESIS
4650 BENEVA ROAD
941-361-6240
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

ESE SPECIAL PROGRAMS
1960 LANDINGS BOULEVARD
941-361-6544
A Special Education School
Serves 102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

TRIAD
1960 LANDINGS BOULEVARD
941-927-9000
Serves 88 students.

RICHARD MILBURN ACADEMY OF FLORIDA
2207 INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD
941-355-0835
A Charter School.
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

GULF COAST VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE
1684 ELEVENTH STREET
941-361-6502
A Non-traditional School
Serves 38 students.

INFINITY MIDDLE SCHOOL/SARASOTA
705 S MCINTOSH ROAD
941-342-1844
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 33 students.

EASTER SEALS
401 BRADEN AVENUE
941-355-7637
A Special Education School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

CHARACTER HOUSE
25 NORTH SCHOOL AVENUE
941-927-9000
Serves 25 students.

SARASOTA COUNTY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
4748 BENEVA ROAD
941-924-1365
A Vocational School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.2

PINNACLE ACADEMY INC.
7715 WESTMORELAND DRIVE
941-355-4696
A Special Education School
Serves 6 students.

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