Sarasota is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 58,285 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Sarasota is the 57th largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sarasota is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sarasota is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sarasota who work in food service (11.58%), sales jobs (11.28%), and office and administrative support (10.97%).
A relatively large number of people in Sarasota telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.59% 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.
Sarasota 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The population of Sarasota is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.45% of adults in Sarasota have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Sarasota in 2018 was $40,470, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,880 for a family of four. However, Sarasota contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Sarasota is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sarasota home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sarasota residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Sarasota also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sarasota include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Sarasota's cultural character, accounting for 18.04% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Sarasota is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.