Sanibel, FL

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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 7,401 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 91.51% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sanibel is a city of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sanibel who work in sales jobs (20.64%), management occupations (19.03%), and business and financial occupations (9.21%).

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: 26.18% 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 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.

One of the nice things about Sanibel is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Being a small city, Sanibel does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Sanibel. 61.13% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Sanibel in 2018 was $88,413, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $353,652 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Sanibel include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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