Sarasota, FL
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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 55,118 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Sarasota is the 57th largest community in Florida.

Housing costs in Sarasota are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities 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 sales jobs (13.60%), office and administrative support (10.53%), and food service (10.35%).

One of the nice things about Sarasota 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.

In terms of college education, Sarasota is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.67% of adults in Sarasota have a college degree.

The per capita income in Sarasota in 2010 was $29,969, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $119,876 for a family of four. However, Sarasota contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sarasota is a somewhat 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 18.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sarasota include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

In addition, Sarasota has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.44%).

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