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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Sarasota is a town in Florida with a population of 54,425. Sarasota is in Sarasota County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Sarasota offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sarasota there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Sarasota and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sarasota are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$190,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$951
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Sarasota Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    330
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    153
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    563
    500
  • Theft
    3,163
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,477
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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I will try to state facts and remain as neutral as possible in this review. I’m from DuPage county in Illinois (south suburb of Chicago.) We moved here for change of weather. I have two young children age 4/6. We have been in Sarasota 4 years.
Money talks. Which leads me to, if you are financially secure, you will love Florida. If you’re a working middle class family, forget it. I’ve come to terms with the many rude, homeless and arrogant folks here, but we are ready to leave. I miss the kind, neighborly feel of the north, and you will find it here as long as they haven’t been Floridian-ized. Far and few. Florida changes you. It will have you walking around, keeping up with the Jones.
Florida is a great place to visit, but I absolutely despise living here and can’t wait to leave!
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Sarasota,Fl is a beautiful city! A great place to live if you have the resources! We have great beaches, Sierra Key beach being ranked top 3 beaches in the nation. We have great schools, great neighborhoods and restaurants. The problem here is that the rich stay rich and the poor stays poor. No one is helping the poor to better themselves and teach them how to become part of society and not outcast from it. How do we help Sarasota become all the more beautiful by helping those in need?
Sarasota is one of the best cities, I love living here, and even though I have traveled to other states and countries Sarasota is my favorite spot! The beaches here are some of the best in the nation, apart from that it's a small town not a lot of traffic.