According to the US Census Bureau, the Sarasota-Manatee region population is growing by leaps and bounds.  The region is comprised of the areas of Bradenton, Sarasota, North Port and Venice.

Population Expanding:

The Sarasota-Manatee area saw its overall population expand from 768,013 to 788,457 — a boost of 20,444 residents, more than enough to populate a small city.

Sarasota was named the #3 Happiest Seaside Town in 2017

Sarasota was named the #3 Happiest Seaside Town in 2017

With so many reasons behind the growth, like stellar weather and high quality of life and happiness, it is an easy choice for people looking to relocate. Harboring world-class beaches and a top-shelf arts and culture scene. Sarasota was named the #3 Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living in 2017.

Finding affordable housing could sometimes be a challenge, but there are many projects in the works from local and national developers, the options are expanding. The city of Sarasota also has hired Steven Cover as its first formal planning director since the position was eliminated as a cash-strapped City Hall contracted during the economic downturn in 2008. He will start April 12, according to a news release.

 

At a glance Sarasota County data

Population: 405,549

Households: 175,185

Median age: 54

Persons younger than 5: 3.7 percent

Persons 65 and older: 34.6 percent

Persons in poverty: 9.7 percent

Minority-owned firms (as of 2012): 5,731

Veteran-owned firms (as of 2012): 4,487

Housing units: 232,623

Owner-occupied homes: 73 percent

Median value of an owner-occupied home: $181,400

Monthly cost of an owner-occupied home with a mortgage: $1,404

Without a mortgage: $520

At a glance Manatee County data

Population: 363,369

Households: 134,725

Median age: 46.7

Persons younger than 5: 4.9 percent

Persons 65 and older: 25.9 percent

Persons in poverty: 14.8 percent

Minority-owned firms (as of 2012): 6,555

Veteran-owned firms (as of 2012): 3,250

Housing units: 182,119

Owner-occupied homes: 69.8 percent

Median value of an owner-occupied home: $169,000

Monthly cost of an owner-occupied home with a mortgage: $1,503

Without a mortgage: $481

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau