A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

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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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

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 a beautiful city on the gulf coast of Florida. The world renowned beaches are spectacular. The barrier islands are a joy for boating in Sarasota bay. We have safe areas for experiencing the outdoors such as Nathan Benderson park and recreation, home of the 2017 world rowing championship. The Rothenbach park is a best kept secret which is why the deer roam freely and majestically. The Celery Fields Hill Park is a 75 foot man made hill and lakes which provide a spectacular look out over western Sarasota. The lakes provide a natural flood storage function. The Audubon society compound is adjacent to the Celery Fields hill.
I would like to see Sarasota have more planning prior to the city issuing more building permits. The lifestyle and weather puts residents is ideal to walk, bike and run year round if the road and building system is built for pedestrian navigation.