As a Home Pick, What Makes Sarasota Tick?


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 23rd 2017 – Recent data from U.S. News & World Report reaffirm that the dynamics of population growth, job creation and other economic factors are at work in the Sarasota metro area to make it one of the best places to live in the country.

In an analysis to identify the 25 best places to live in the U.S. in 2017, U.S. News ranked the Sarasota metro no. 21 with an overall rating of 6.9 out of 10. The publication noted that due to net migration, the metro’s population has grown by 10.7 percent from 2011 to 2015. This recent growth is notably the second fastest in the nation, next only to Fort Myers.

The other factors considered in the U.S. News ranking, which covered 100 U.S. metro areas, include cost of living, availability of superior health care services, crime rate and quality of education. Also amongst the criteria is job growth, an area where the Sarasota metro has exhibited strength recently.

Job Growth Drivers

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In a separate analysis in August last year, Forbes listed the North Port‒Bradenton‒Sarasota metropolitan statistical area as one of the “10 best cities for job growth.” The magazine’s ranking was based on a study by Moody’s Analytics on the 200 largest U.S. metro areas which considered employment projections over the next three years.

Naples and Cape Coral are two other Southwest Florida cities which were on the Forbes list. The magazine noted that the positive employment outlook in the five metro areas of the Sunshine State is mainly driven by the continued significant growth of their retiree population and the jobs required to service them.

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the Sarasota metro ranks as the 11th fastest growing urban areas in the country. Sarasota’s population, as of July 2015, has been estimated at 768,918 residents.

A Happy Seaside Town

Besides these quantitative terms, Sarasota likewise excelled in a recent qualitative poll conducted online by Coastal Living Magazine. In this survey, Sarasota emerged as the third happiest town seaside town.

To pre-determine the nominees to this poll, the magazine first considered Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Its factors include the geographic diversity, percentage of sunny days, beach health, air quality, commute times, crime rate, walkability, cost of living, and the locals’ financial well-being.

Quaint Old-school Homes

In Sarasota, Coastal Living notes, life is “sweet, easy and an aesthetic joy,” with its world-class beaches and premier arts and culture scene. It also cites a local collection of old-school neighborhoods with quaint small-scale homes which brings to mind communities like Paver Park and Bungalow Hill.

Located in east downtown, Paver Park is not only rich in Sarasota history. It also features quaint Sarasota homes for sale of 1950s vintage as well as residences of more contemporary builds. Pricing levels here too aren’t too steep at the $200s and the $300s.

At Bungalow Hill, the choices may not be as plenty but this neighborhood is likewise worth putting on a watch list of Sarasota homes for sale. Platted in 1921, this subdivision near the Hudson Bayou overlooks Sarasota Bay and is also the domain of old-school bungalows from which it drew its name. There are newer, upscale builds here as well with pricing typically in the million-dollar range that too is an affirmation of the best that Sarasota can offer.