The small city of Sarasota, Florida is home to slightly more than 54,000 people. Retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (27%) here than nationally (14%), while young adults are less well-represented. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 46, skews older than most cities in Florida. Renters tend to be in the minority in the city, and 56% of residents own their homes. The average rent of $1,063 per month is just below the state average.
Sarasota has an average commute time of about 22 minutes, faster than the state average of about 29 minutes. Many residents (37%) drive themselves to work, while public transit isn't extensively used. Walking isn't a common method of commuting to work.
There are three primary industries in Sarasota: entertainment, healthcare, and retail. Together, these industries account for 20% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 7% of residents work in sales, making it the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of just over $64,000, Sarasota workers bring in roughly the same as the average Florida resident. However, Sarasota compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345. Sarasota has a relatively high percentage of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 8% possess a Master's or a Doctoral degree. Further, 16% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.