Sarasota Named on Forbes' Best Places To Live In Florida In 2023

Florida has been a long-time favorite destination for retirees. In the past few years, working households have been flocking to the state for promising career opportunities, a relatively low cost of living and no state income tax. Not to mention the mild winters and approximate 825 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico that sprawl across the peninsula and panhandle.

Sarasota has been named in the Top 10 best places to live in Florida by Forbes Advisor. Forbes analyzed cities by pulling recent data on key lifestyle factors such as the area’s median home price, personal income per capita, and the unemployment and crime rate.

About Sarasota

Population 54,764
Median home price $550,000
Estimated monthly expenses $7,081
Median income $56,093
Unemployment rate 2.6%
Community wellness score 61/100
Criminal offenses reported 1,971

Consider living in Sarasota if you want to live in a central Florida beach town that’s family-friendly and also has a sizable local working population.

When you need to visit a big city, the bustling Tampa metro area is only 60 miles to the north. As a quick comparison, the Sarasota metro area has about 750,000 residents while the greater Tampa consists of almost 3 million.

Job opportunities in Sarasota include healthcare, manufacturing and insurance. Full-time residents typically enjoy Siesta Beach and Lido Key. Sarasota is also the center of Florida’s Cultural Coast with two art museums along with ballet and opera performances.

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