Sanibel, FL
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Sanibel is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 7,236 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Sanibel is the 243rd largest community in Florida.

Sanibel home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Sanibel real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Sanibel is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sanibel is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sanibel who work in sales jobs (18.12%), management occupations (17.77%), and office and administrative support (9.48%).

Also of interest is that Sanibel has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Sanibel is also a city of artists. Sanibel has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Sanibel’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 20.03% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Sanibel is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Sanibel’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Sanibel is worth considering.

Sanibel is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Sanibel is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

If knowledge is power, Sanibel is a pretty powerful place. 63.38% of the adults in Sanibel have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Sanibel in 2010 was $79,354, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $317,416 for a family of four. However, Sanibel contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Sanibel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sanibel residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Sanibel include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Sanibel is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Spanish.

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