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 93.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sanibel is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sanibel who work in management occupations (23.36%), sales jobs (19.77%), and office and administrative support (10.64%).

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Sanibel telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 20.06% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

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.

As is often the case in a small city, Sanibel doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

If knowledge is power, Sanibel is a pretty powerful place. 63.73% 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 $81,744, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $326,976 for a family of four.

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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