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Sarasota offers its residents miles of world-class white-sand beaches, plenty of cultural and recreational activities and an excellent quality of life. Named the "Best Small City" in the U.S. and one of the best places in the nation to live and work, Sarasota offers the best of both worlds - small-town charm and big city amenities. Sarasota has been a favorite place for the rich and famous for many years.
Residents and visitors enjoy breathtaking sunsets from many beautiful beaches. View the diversity of natural beauty by canoe or kayak through South Lido's water way trail by natural bird sanctuaries and mangroves. Learn about the area history and marine life on a bay cruise, or viewing bromeliads growing in the wild along the new Canopy Walk at Myakka River State Park.
Sarasota offers more than 30 golf courses sprinkled throughout the county, challenging all levels of play and budgets. Readers of Florida Golf News voted for the "Top 20 Southwest Regional Golf Courses", and 9 of those 20 are in the Sarasota area. Additionally, there are four local courses that are in the top 100 places to play in Florida. So grab your clubs and enjoy a round!
You will never experience a dull moment! Choose from a full array of entertainment offerings in Sarasota. Enjoy operas, live theater and the community’s own ballet and symphonies in intimate settings. Cinema ranges from mainstream to independent films and festivals. There are more than thirty galleries and museums to visit. One-of-a-kind gifts are abundant on St. Armands Circle and dining experiences are as varied as you would like. he intimate glow of candles, with gauzy white drapes fluttering in the tropical breeze at night.
Make it a day to stretch yourself with windsurfing lessons, parasailing, boating, or fishing for the big ones. There are plenty of great courts serving up tennis, and don't miss the opportunity for an autograph when Major League Baseball begins spring training.
Home prices are very affordable. Condominiums and townhouses can be found beginning at $100,000 and running up to $3 million and more for large properties located in hi-rises on the coast. Single-family homes start at around $100,000 and range up to $5 million and more for estate properties with acreage located along the coast. There are many homes with gulf, bay and canal frontage as well as golf course and horse properties.
state of Florida has no personal income tax!
of Sarasota County benefit from a property tax millage rate that is
among the lowest in the state.
homestead exemption provision means that permanent residents don't pay
taxes on the first $25,000 of their home's appraised value.
almost every category, from groceries to healthcare, the daily cost of
living in Sarasota County is lower than in most metro areas.
|Population Projection: 2000: 327,608||Unemployment Rate: 3.1 percent|
|Median Age: 49 years||Poverty Level: 10.7 percent|
|Median Household Income: $30,662||Retail Sales: $6.9 billion|
|County Cost-of-Living Rank: 5th||College Graduates in County: 22 percent|
|Pop. in Cities: 83,247||Labor Force: 135,824|
|Pop. in Unincorporated Area: 197,527||Heath Care: 5 hospitals, 24 nursing homes|
Fixed dwelling: 86.7%
Mobile Home: 13.3%
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