Sarasota 71 Excellent
Sarasota Livability #505 ranked city in Florida#12,182 ranked city in the USARanks better than 58% of areas
A+ Sarasota Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Sarasota Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Florida
1022% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Sarasota cost of living
F Sarasota Crime Total crime is 47% higher than Florida
Total crime
3,72250% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2750% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Sarasota crime
D+ Sarasota Employment Household income is 11% lower than Florida
Median household income
$43,47721% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$32,1708% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%4% higher than the US average
Sarasota employment
C- Sarasota Housing Home value is 14% higher than Florida
Median home value
$190,5003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$951equal to the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Sarasota real estate or Sarasota rentals
B Sarasota Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%17% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Sarasota K-12 schools
D+ Sarasota User Ratings There are a total of 29 ratings in Sarasota
Overall user rating
57% 29 total ratings
User reviews rating
40% 10 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 19 total surveys
all Sarasota poll results

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      Living in Sarasota, FL

      Sarasota, Florida is a medium-sized city with a population of 54,425 residents. Sarasota has a population density of 3,704 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Sarasota is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 75% with kids under the age of 18, Sarasota could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Sarasota, Florida could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Sarasota, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing and more.

      Sarasota, FL receives 74 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #429 in Florida and #6,506 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Sarasota has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (A-) and education (B). On a less positive note, Sarasota does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F) and cost of living (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Sarasota has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Sarasota: Siesta Key Public Beach, St. Armands Circle, and St. Armands Circle.

      Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Sarasota is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

      Assuming that Sarasota meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Sarasota. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Sarasota are simply unattainable. The median home price for Sarasota homes is $190,500, which is 14.2% higher than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Sarasota, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 29.4% higher than the Florida average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Sarasota area were 5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Sarasota transportation information

      Average one way commute20min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.1%79.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.5%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.8%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.8%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.2%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home6.1%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Sarasota, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).