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, Sarasota isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Sarasota are a mix 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 (11.71%), food service (10.77%), and office and administrative support (10.45%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.62% 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.
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.
The education level of Sarasota citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.13% of adults in Sarasota have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Sarasota in 2018 was $37,220, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,880 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 16.19% 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 17.35% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Sarasota is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.