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.
Sarasota is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.02% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (12.96%), office and administrative support (11.02%), and food service (10.21%).
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 overall education level of Sarasota citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.11% of adults in Sarasota have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Sarasota in 2010 was $32,322, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,288 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 17.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sarasota include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Sarasota's cultural character, accounting for 17.32% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Sarasota is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.