Living In Sarasota, Florida

Latitude 27.3º N, Longitude 82.5º W

Midway on Florida’s Western Coast

Sarasota County is located in the middle of Florida’s western coast near the northern edge of the subtropics, 60 miles south of Tampa Bay. Sarasota County enjoys Florida’s proximity to the Caribbean, Central and South American markets, and the Panama Canal gateway to the Pacific Rim. Four international airports and two of Florida’s deepwater seaports are within a 90-minute drive.

One of Florida’s 67 counties, Sarasota County includes the municipalities of Longboat Key, North Port, Venice and Sarasota. The City of Sarasota, often proclaimed the “arts capital” of Florida, is the county seat. Venice is an island city on the coast. The southern half of Longboat Key, a barrier island, lies in Sarasota County. North Port, which has the largest population in the county, dominates Sarasota County’s southern landscape. Incorporating five square miles, it is Florida’s third-largest city based on acreage.  


Sarasota County has a population of more than 390,000 full-time residents with an interesting mix of business owners, working families and young-at-heart retirees. From January through April, sun-seekers from the Northeast and Midwest join international tourists at the county’s beaches, golf courses and attractions.

For details on population, demographics and other useful facts and figures, please refer to our Fast Facts publication.

Florida Trend’s View of Sarasota County

Sept 2015 Florida Trend

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