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Sanibel, FL
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Sanibel profile

Living in Sanibel

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 6,482 people and three associated neighborhoods, Sanibel is the 258th 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.

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: 31.87% 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.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Sanibel has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Sanibel has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Sanibel than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Sanibel may be for you.

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.

If knowledge is power, Sanibel is a pretty powerful place. 59.16% 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 2022 was $114,484, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $457,936 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sanibel include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.

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

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