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The name "Zarazota" was mentioned on a map already in 1763 for the first time. But "real" settlement did not start before 1860. It took another 60 years before Sarasota County was finally created. That was the year 1921. Several thousand people lived there at that time. Almost 100 years later a population of 380,000 permanent residents lives in the county. This is Sarasota County, not the city. The city of Sarasota has only a little over a tenth of that number and is not part of the county.
Once Winter arrives it will all be different again
Once the snow and the cold wind has arrived further north, locking everybody up in in their homes, the number of residents in Sarasota County goes through the roof. The threshold is 450,000 residents and even more during the winter months. Well, life is good in Sarasota County and people love that little paradise. No snow, no ice, no salt on the roads. There is only a little salt in their margaritas.
The area spreads out from the southern border of Manatee County all the way south to Englewood and North Port. Adjacent counties are Manatee County to the north, DeSoto County to the east and Charlotte County to the south.
Now, what about the neighbor to the west? Correct, that neighbor is the Gulf of Mexico. A quiet neighbor most of the time.
Cities and Neighborhoods in Sarasota County
Four incorporated cities (City of Sarasota, City of Longboat Key, Venice and North Port) and 23 unincorporated neighborhoods belong to Sarasota County. But that is only statistics. Who cares about statistics? There is more important stuff to report.
The county has a lot to offer: more than 30 miles of white beaches, world-class museums and libraries, excellent schools, colleges and a branch of the University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee, the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota International Airport, interesting restaurants and a night life is all Sarasota has to offer. Not enough?
Sarasota County has also some of the most exclusive parks in Florida, including the beautiful Myakka River State Park. Here the visitor can discover what Florida looked like when the conquistadors arrived many centuries ago.
This State park is a "must see". Follow the narrow road through the "jungle" and discover the wildlife. Best time to go on a tour is on a quiet morning or evening. When there are not so many noisy visitors around, the nature lover has an excellent chance to meet more animals than only those gators and turkeys. There is a stunning variety of animals in the park.
What other People say about Sarasota
Surveys show that a high number of Sarasota County residents rate the quality of life either excellent - or very good. But those people are "insiders". So, what do more "independent" people have to say? People who do not necessarily live here year round but frequently come to visit Sarasota County. Let's have a look, you will be surprised:
- "Dr. Beach" rated Siesta Key Beach #2 Beach in America (Best Beach in America). That rating is because of the unique sand content.
- "Relocate America" puts Sarasota in the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" category. That is nice!
- "Money Magazine" ranks the city "7th for Top Places to retire Young". Who doesn't like to retire young?
- One out of 100 " Best Communities for Young People". Well said. Sarasota is not only a retirement community.
- "Forbes," says Sarasota is #11 in "Best Cities for Jobs". That's a nice compliment.
- "Inc. Magazine": 8th for "boomtown". Boomtown sounds dynamic - and that is what Sarasota is.
- "Tampa Bay Region is #2 in Lowest Business Cost". Always good to do business in an environment where you are not getting ripped off.