Introduction to Venice, Florida

Venice, Florida, in Sarasota county, is 17 miles S of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 58 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The city is included in the Sarasota Bradenton metropolitan area. 

Venice History

Venice had its first settlers in the late 1860s. John and Eliza Webb, a couple from New York, were the first people to settle in this area. Frank Higel, who contributed significantly in the development of Venice, was also instrumental in its naming. He was originally from Venice, Italy and suggested the name Venice because the intricately woven canals of the coastal town reminded him of his hometown. Later, in 1910, Bertha Palmer from Chicago bought 140,000 acres of land around this area. She helped in establishing a railroad terminal here. In the 1920s, Dr. Fred Albee got the famous city planner John Nolen to make plans for developing a large area of Venice. The plan was well thought out and executed, and a lot of the original plan can still be seen in the downtown area.

Venice and Nearby Attractions

  • Triangle Inn Museum.
  • Venice Municipal Beach.
  • Venetian Golf and River Club.
  • Waterway Park.
  • Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club.
  • Jacaranda West Country Club.

Venice Activities

Venice is also popular as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, because one can find an abundant amount of fossilized shark teeth strewn on its shores. Locals as well as tourists are fond of going on shark tooth hunts. The city people also celebrate an annual Shark Tooth Festival. Apart from that, a number of special events, concerts and art and crafts shows are organized throughout the year on Venice Avenue. People indulge in water sports on the beach and there are golf courses for golf enthusiasts as well.

Venice Transportation

General air travel services are provided by Tampa International Airport.

Venice Higher Education

Adult education is available from Manatee Community College.


Total Population 21,402
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 56.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,630
Age of the Population 67


% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $68,073
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 40.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,045
Median House Value $182,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 14.7%
Irish 16.9%

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

Venice Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles S of Sarasota, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Sarasota
Metro Area Sarasota - Bradenton
Standard Zip Codes 34285, 34286, 34287, 34288, 34289, 34292, 34293
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34284
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.099
Longitude -82.454

Venice Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station VENICE
Distance 1.3 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
Distance 36.3 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52 inches
Distance 37.1 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Northport (34286, 34288, 34289)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Longboat Key 7,072 $135,614
North Port 59,555 $58,793
Sarasota 53,583 $52,494

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

Venice Hospitals

(941) 485-7711
Emergency Service: Yes

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