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.
|Average one way commute||20min||27min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||78.1%||79.5%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||8.5%||9.3%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||1.8%||2.1%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||1.8%||0.7%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||2.2%||1.5%||2.8%|
|Working from home||6.1%||5.4%||4.6%|
|Airports (within 30 miles of city center)||1 (1)||20||354|
|Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)||1 (2)||45||711|