Cost of Living

Fine beaches, weather and unique communities included, Sarasota County's cost of living is still competitive with other Florida cities.

Aerial view of Longboat Key
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How Sarasota County Compares with Other Florida Cities

Below is a quick comparison between some of our Florida neighbors as published by


Comparison: relatively no difference

60 miles from the center of Sarasota County, Tampa has over 350,000 residents and many of the draws of a larger metropolitan area.


Comparison: 8.6% less than Sarasota County.

Tallahassee, our state’s capital, has a lower cost of living than Sarasota County that’s driven mostly by the difference in housing costs (Tallahassee’s housing costs are on average 37.4% less than Sarasota’s).

Fort Myers

Comparison: 3.4% less than Sarasota County.

A cousin (of sorts) to Sarasota County, Fort Myers is a bit closer to Miami, but further away from the large regional markets that make Sarasota County an ideal place for business.


Comparison: 3.2% more expensive than Sarasota County.

Central Florida’s largest city, Orlando’s cost of living is slightly more expensive than Sarasota County due to its higher cost of transportation (19%) and utilities.


Comparison: 20.6% more expensive than Sarasota County

3.5 hours drive from Sarasota County, Miami is the largest metropolitan with a housing market that is 27.3% more expensive than Sarasota County.


Comparison: 9.3% less than Sarasota County.

Located in the Northeast corner of Florida, Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in America by landmass.

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Schroeder Manatee Ranch
Ringling College
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PGT Windows
Michael Saunders & Company
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