May 22, 2024

Community Portrait

Sarasota County by-the-numbers

Seven things to know about Sarasota county; vital statistics; growth rate estimates; top 10 employers

Lynn Waddell | 8/30/2018

Sarasota (city)

Size: 14.7 square miles

Population: 56,994

White: 64.1%

Hispanic or Latino: 18.2%

Black/African- American: 14.8%

Other: 2.9%

Notable: Sarasota, including Lido and Bird Keys, is the county seat, financial center and shopping, entertainment and cultural heart of the area. The vibrancy of downtown and the city’s hospitality industry is reflected by the fact that revenue generated by dining and lodging in the city accounts for more than 40% of all revenue generated by the county’s hospitality industry.

Longboat Key

Size: 4.1 square miles

Population: 7,292

White: 95.9%

Non-White Hispanic: 1.8%

Other: 2.3%

Notable: Longboat Key is divided between Sarasota and Manatee counties. It’s retiree-heavy, with a median age of 71, less than 2% of residents under 18 and more than 68% over 65. Residents are also on average wealthier (per capita income of $97,221 in 2016) and more highly educated (63.1% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.)

North Port

Size: 103 square miles

Population: 66,300

White: 80.8%

Non-White Hispanic: 6.5%

Black/African American: 7.7%

Other: 5.0%

Notable: North Port is the fastest- growing city in Sarasota County and one of Florida’s largest cities by land mass. It grew 15.7% between 2010 and 2017 and surpassed Sarasota as the most populated municipality in the county. Its residents are also younger, with a median age of 45.9. Housing is more affordable than in the northern part of the county, with a median home value of just over $200,000, according to Zillow.


Size: 15.3 square miles

Population: 23,020

White: 94.6%

Non-White Hispanic: 2.3%

Black/African-American: 1.0%

Other: 2.1%

Notable: Venice’s population leans toward retirement age, with 58.8% of residents 65 or older, though residents on average are less affluent than in Longboat Key, the only municipality with a higher percentage of retirees; per capita income in 2016 was $32,450.

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