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Sarasota County Profile

County Seat: Sarasota
Nearest MSA: Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice
Largest Cities: 1 Sarasota
2 North Port
3 Venice
Miles* To:
Tallahassee ................................... 242
Orlando ................................... 110
Tampa ................................... 45
Jacksonville ................................... 217
Miami ................................... 181
Atlanta ................................... 460
Chicago ................................... 1044
Dallas ................................... 933
New York ................................... 1045
*Miles are calculated from county seat.
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Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 941
Sarasota
1980: 202,251
1990: 277,776
2007: 372,073
2015(p): 436,100
2030(p): 529,800
(p) Denotes Projected Population
Florida
9,746,961
12,938,071
18,251,243
20,955,900
25,340,700
Average Temperature High Low
January: 71 49
July: 91 73
Florida Mean Annual Precipitation 53
Average Annual Rain Days 107
(2006)
In-Migration 23,797
Out-Migration 20,142
Net-Migration 3,655
*Estimates based on IRS Statistics of Income data
(2007)
Labor Force 178,448
Labor Force % of County Population 48.0
Number in County Unemployed 7,699
Unemployment Rate 4.3%
N/D = No Data Sarasota Florida
(2006)
Average Annual Employment 170,749 7,952,023
Natural Resources & Mining 0.2% 1.2%
Construction 10.5% 8.0%
Manufacturing 5.1% 5.1%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 17.2% 20.8%
Information 1.7% 2.1%
Financial Activities 6.2% 6.9%
Professional & Business Services 14.1% 17.0%
Education & Health Services 14.7% 18.4%
Leisure & Hospitality 11.5% 11.4%
Other Services 4.0% 3.1%
Public administration 4.1% 5.8%
Unclassified 0.1% 0.1%

Average Annual Wage
(2006)
All Industries $37,363
Construction $38,938
Education & Health Services $39,261
Financial Activities $60,155
Information $61,494
Leisure & Hospitality $19,969
Manufacturing $45,630
Natural Resources & Mining $31,012
Other Services $24,487
Professional & Business Services $38,222
Public administration $45,117
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $32,462
Unclassified $26,861
Sarasota Florida
2004 $46,361 $32,618
2005 $49,455 $34,798
2006 $52,772 $36,720
Major Private Sector Employers

Publix
Business Line: Grocery Store Chain
Number of Employees - 3,300

PGT Industries
Business Line: Window & Door Manufacturer
Number of Employees - 1,870

Wal-Mart
Business Line: Retail Store Chain
Number of Employees - 963

Nielsen Media Research
Business Line: Media Research
Number of Employees - 716

Venice Regional Medical Center
Business Line: Not-For-Profit Hospital
Number of Employees - 702

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Business Line: Newspaper Publisher
Number of Employees - 674

FCCI Insurance Group
Business Line: Insurance
Number of Employees - 670

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Business Line: For-Profit Hospital
Number of Employees - 628

The Home Depot
Business Line: Retail - Home Improvement
Number of Employees - 550

The Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota
Business Line: Hotel & Resort
Number of Employees - 530

Federal Interstates I-75
Federal Highways US-41, US-301
State Highways SR-72, 681, 773, 776, 777, 780
Railroads CSX Transportation, Seminole Gulf Railway
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commerical Airline Service: Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport
# Runways 2
Longest Paved Runway(ft.) 9500
General Aviation Airports Sarasota Bradenton International Airport; Venice Municipal Airport

Local Deep Water Port Manatee County Port Authority
Miles to Closest Port 15
COUNTY
Countywide Ad Valorem Millage Rates:
Government 3.3384
Schools 7.1230
Special 1.5154
Total 11.9768

Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 1.00
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone EZ-5801
STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Electric Companies:
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Peace River Electric Co-op, Inc.

  • Natural Gas Companies:
  • Teco People's Gas Systems, Inc.

  • Telephone Companies:
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • KMC Telecom
  • AT&T
  • MCI

  • Water & Sewer Companies:
  • Sarasota County


  • Exisiting Industrial Zoned Land Yes
    Number of Acres 4,549
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 0

    Industrial Parks Yes
    Number of Acres 1,897
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 0

    Foreign Trade Zones No
    Zone Number(s)
    Public
    Schools
    Teachers Enrollments
    Elementary: 22 1,210 19,193
    Secondary: 16 1,111 22,820
    Totals: 38 2,321 42,013

    Private Schools Available: Yes
    POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY:

    Colleges/Universities:
  • Ringling School of Art & Design
  • Keiser College
  • Eckerd College
  • New College of Florida
  • University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

  • Junior/Community Colleges:
  • Manatee Community College

  • Vocational/Technical Schools:
  • Sarasota County Technical Institute

  • Other Schools:
  • Webster University
  • Argosy University
  • International College
  • Everglades University

  • Cost of Living
    Price Level Index, (2007)
    Florida State Average = 100
    Sample
    Total 97.94
    Food 101.61
    Housing 95.05
    Medical Care 97.02
    Personal Goods and Services 103.42
    Transportation 97.65
    Medical Services:
  • Bon Secours Vencie Hospital
  • Doctors Hospital of Sarasota/Columbia HCA
  • Englewood Community Hospital
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital

  • Recreational Opportunities:
  • Cincinnati Reds Spring Training
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Myakka River State Park
  • Polo
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

  • Historical Points Of Interest:
  • Ringling Museum
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum
  • Spanish Point
  • Warm Mineral Springs

  • Cultural Events/Festivals:
  • Asolo Theatre
  • Ballet
  • International Film Festival
  • Opera
  • Symphony
  • World Class Performing Arts Hall
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