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Sarasota County Census Data

HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES: From 2005-2007 there were 168,000 households in Sarasota County. The average household size was 2.2 people.

Families made up 61 percent of the households in Sarasota County. This figure includes both married-couple families (50 percent) and other families (11 percent). Nonfamily households made up 39 percent of all households in Sarasota County. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

The Types of Households in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Married-couple families
50%
Other families
11%
People living alone
32%
Other nonfamily households
7%
Percent of households

NATIVITY AND LANGUAGE: Twelve percent of the people living in Sarasota County from 2005-2007 there were foreign born. Eighty-eight percent was native, including 20 percent who were born in Florida.

Among people at least five years old living in Sarasota County from 2005-2007, 13 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 45 percent spoke Spanish and 55 percent spoke some other language; 42 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

GEOGRAPHIC MOBILITY: From 2005-2007, 82 percent of the people at least one year old living in Sarasota County were living in the same residence one year earlier; 10 percent had moved during the past year from another residence in the same county, 3 percent from another county in the same state, 4 percent from another state, and 1 percent from abroad.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Same residence
82%
Different residence, same county
10%
Different county, same state
3%
Different state
4%
Abroad
1%
Percent of people age 1 year and over

EDUCATION: From 2005-2007, 89 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 29 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Eleven percent were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.

The total school enrollment in Sarasota County was 63,000 from 2005-2007. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 7,400 and elementary or high school enrollment was 42,000 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 13,000.

The Educational Attainment of People in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Graduate or professional degree
11%
Bachelor's degree
18%
Associate's degree
7%
Some college, no degree
22%
High school diploma or equivalency
31%
Less than high school diploma
11%
Percent of people 25 years and over

DISABILITY: In Sarasota County, among people at least five years old from 2005-2007, 19 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 10 percent of people 5 to 15 years old, to 12 percent of people 16 to 64 years old, and to 34 percent of those 65 and older.

INDUSTRIES: From 2005-2007, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Sarasota County were Educational services, and health care, and social assistance, 20 percent, and Retail trade, 15 percent.

Employment by Industry in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining 0%
Construction
12%
Manufacturing
6%
Wholesale trade
2%
Retail trade
15%
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities
3%
Information
2%
Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing
9%
Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services
11%
Educational services, health care, and social assistance
20%
Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation, and food services
11%
Other Services (except public administration)
6%
Public administration
3%
Percent of employed people 16 years and over

OCCUPATIONS AND TYPE OF EMPLOYER: Among the most common occupations were: Management, professional, and related occupations, 32 percent; Sales and office occupations, 29 percent; Service occupations, 18 percent; Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations, 13 percent; and Production, transportation, and material moving occupations, 8 percent. Eighty-two percent of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 9 percent was Federal, state, or local government workers; and 8 percent was Self-employed in own not incorporated business workers.

TRAVEL TO WORK: Seventy-eight percent of Sarasota County workers drove to work alone from 2005-2007, 11 percent carpooled, 1 percent took public transportation, and 4 percent used other means. The remaining 6 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 21.4 minutes to get to work.

INCOME: The median income of households in Sarasota County was $49,030. Sixty-three percent of the households received earnings and 28 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Forty-five percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $16,654. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

POVERTY AND PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS: From 2005-2007, 9 percent of people were in poverty. Thirteen percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 7 percent of people 65 years old and over. Five percent of all families and 18 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

Poverty Rates in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
People age 65 and over
7%
Related children under 18 years
13%
All families
5%
Female householder families
18%
Percent below poverty level

POPULATION OF Sarasota County: From 2005-2007, Sarasota County had a total population of 368,000 - 192,000 (52 percent) females and 176,000 (48 percent) males. The median age was 49.7 years. Seventeen percent of the population was under 18 years and 30 percent was 65 years and older.

The Age Distribution of People in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
65 and over
30%
45 to 64
27%
25 to 44
21%
18 to 24
6%
Under 18
17%
Percent of population

For people reporting one race alone, 92 percent was White; 4 percent was Black or African American; less than 0.5 percent was American Indian and Alaska Native; 1 percent was Asian; less than 0.5 percent was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2 percent was Some other race. One percent reported Two or more races. Seven percent of the people in Sarasota County was Hispanic. Eighty-seven percent of the people in Sarasota County was White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS: From 2005-2007, Sarasota County had a total of 215,000 housing units, 22 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 65 percent was in single-unit structures, 24 percent was in multi-unit structures, and 10 percent was mobile homes. Thirty-one percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

The Types of Housing Units in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Single-unit structures
65%
In multi-unit structures
24%
Mobile homes
10%
Percent of housing units

OCCUPIED HOUSING UNIT CHARACTERISTICS: From 2005-2007, Sarasota County had 168,000 occupied housing units - 130,000 (77 percent) owner occupied and 38,000 (23 percent) renter occupied. Five percent of the households did not have telephone service and 5 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Thirty-eight percent had two vehicles and another 12 percent had three or more.

HOUSING COSTS: The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,506, nonmortgaged owners $512, and renters $975. Forty-seven percent of owners with mortgages, 18 percent of owners without mortgages, and 53 percent of renters in Sarasota County spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Sarasota County, Florida in 2005-2007
Owners with mortgage
47%
Owners without mortgage
18%
Renters
53%
Percent paying 30 percent or more of income for housing

Social Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Average household size

2.16

(X)

2.60

+/-0.03

Average family size

2.69

(X)

3.19

+/-0.05

Population 25 years and over

285,434

+/-206

High school graduate or higher

(X)

89.4

84.0%

(X)

Bachelor's degree or higher

(X)

28.8

27.0%

(X)

Civilian veterans (civilian population 18 years and over)

49,488

16.1

10.4%

+/-1,519

Disability status (population 5 years and over)

65,770

18.9

15.1%

+/-2,564

Foreign born

44,494

12.1

12.5%

+/-2,499

Male, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

88,785

58.8

52.6%

+/-2,184

Female, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

89,364

53.3

48.5%

+/-2,287

Speak a language other than English at home (population 5 years and over)

47,302

13.4

19.5%

+/-2,572

Household population

363,641

+/-147

Group quarters population

(X)

(X)

(X)

(X)

Economic Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

165,830

52.7

64.7%

+/-2,249

Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over)

21.4

(X)

25.1

+/-0.5

Median household income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

49,030

(X)

50,007

+/-932

Median family income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

60,981

(X)

60,374

+/-1,360

Per capita income (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars)

32,306

(X)

26,178

+/-641

Families below poverty level

(X)

5.4

9.8%

(X)

Individuals below poverty level

(X)

8.7

13.3%

(X)

Housing Characteristics

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Total housing units

215,496

+/-92

Occupied housing units

168,014

78.0

88.4%

+/-2,269

Owner-occupied housing units

130,138

77.5

67.3%

+/-1,903

Renter-occupied housing units

37,876

22.5

32.7%

+/-2,020

Vacant housing units

47,482

22.0

11.6%

+/-2,276

Owner-occupied homes

130,138

+/-1,903

Median value (dollars)

253,200

(X)

181,800

+/-6,451

Median of selected monthly owner costs

With a mortgage (dollars)

1,506

(X)

1,427

+/-33

Not mortgaged (dollars)

512

(X)

402

+/-11

Demographic Estimates

Estimate

Percent

U.S.

Margin of Error

Total population

368,116

*****

Male

176,401

47.9

49.2%

+/-202

Female

191,715

52.1

50.8%

+/-202

Median age (years)

49.7

(X)

36.4

+/-0.1

Under 5 years

16,143

4.4

6.9%

+/-157

18 years and over

307,341

83.5

75.3%

+/-158

65 years and over

108,712

29.5

12.5%

+/-78

One race

364,201

98.9

97.9%

+/-607

White

334,779

90.9

74.1%

+/-1,252

Black or African American

16,189

4.4

12.4%

+/-604

American Indian and Alaska Native

511

0.1

0.8%

+/-219

Asian

4,303

1.2

4.3%

+/-223

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

80

0.0

0.1%

+/-82

Some other race

8,339

2.3

6.2%

+/-1,310

Two or more races

3,915

1.1

2.1%

+/-607

Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

24,669

6.7

14.7%

*****



Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey

Explanation of Symbols:
'***' - The median falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution. A statistical test is not appropriate.
'*****' - The estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate.
'N' - Data for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.
'(X)' - The value is not applicable or not available.
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