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A midsize city on Florida’s iconic Suncoast, Sarasota provides residents with numerous ways to live their best life amid the sun, sand, and surf.

The view of Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota from the Bird Key Yacht Club.Courtesy of
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Located along Florida’s Suncoast, the City of Sarasota is about an hour south of Tampa and equally loved by tourists, retirees, and families. And with 35 miles of gleaming white-sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not hard to see why. Of course, the price for these advantages is high temps in the summer and the occasional hurricane.


Sarasota is an eclectic town, which contains everything from the world’s largest collection of works by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens to Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, a 56-room Venetian Gothic palace that also happens to be the former home of the founders of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. The city is a golfing haven, and was the first in the state to get a course in 1906. 


It’s also a thriving cultural center with opera, ballet, and contemporary dance. The Towles Court Artist Colony is brimming with galleries, studios, cafés, and more. 


Unlike many Florida cities, Sarasota is not just for retirees. It has seen an influx of younger residents over the past few years, bringing down the average age and sending home prices higher. (Between 2010 and 2020, the growth rate was nearly twice the national average.) There is also a flourishing LGBTQ+ community, which hosts the Harvey Milk Festival each year, supporting independent music and civil rights. —Chris Morris

Town information

Median sale price for single family residences (2022)$568,457
Median household income$64,142
Racial breakdownBlack: 15.2%, Asian: 2.1%, Hispanic: 16.6%, White, non-Hispanic: 64.9%
U.S. racial breakdownBlack: 13.6%, Asian: 6.1%, Hispanic: 18.9%, White, non-Hispanic: 59.3%
Sharecare Community Well-Being Index Score (out of 100)64
District high school graduation rate88.9%
Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles41
Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles46
Sources: Witlytic, ATTOM Data Solutions, STI: Popstats, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the Kaiser Family Foundation,, Healthgrades, and Sharecare.