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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.

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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

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US News and World Report released their list of Best Places to Live and Sarasota was the #1 City in the state of FL, with Tampa coming in at #2.

The city has been growing by leaps and bounds and dealing with its own struggles with the expansion and quick growth. Sarasota has so much to offer, with gorgeous barrier islands like Siesta Key, which was named the #1 Beach in the US on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice as well as being named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach. You’ll find other pristine Gulf beaches on the adjacent islands of Lido Key, Longboat Key and Casey Key. Sarasota is an incredible place for culture and the arts along with exploration of State Parks and local attractions. Real estate is a hot topic with the market surging in recent sales and home values on the rise. Local Sarasota Schools were also ranked high Report.  Sarasota encompasses 27 public elementary, middle and high schools. Sarasota also has 57 private schools. Four high schools are recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings.

With a number of different criterion considered like schools, crime and the job market, Sarasota scored a 6.9 out of a possible score of 10.

  • Desirability
    8.2
  • Value
    5.1
  • Job Market
    6.1
  • Quality of Life
    7.4
  • Net Migration
    10.0

Sarasota, FL Quick Stats

METRO POPULATION 735,767
AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY $40,600
AVG HIGH/LOW TEMPS 81.7° / 64.1° 
MEDIAN AGE 50.7
MEDIAN HOME PRICE $224,613
AVG ANNUAL RAINFALL 53.0 INCHES
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 4.5%
AVG MONTHLY RENT $991
AVG COMMUTE TIME 23.5 MINUTES

For the complete list of Winners, see their website:
 https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live

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