Sarasota County, FL

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Population

426,718

1.81% growth

Median Age

56.5


Median Household Income

$61,683

5.62% growth

Poverty Rate

10.5%


Number of Employees

178,458

5.88% growth

Median Property Value

$261,400

3.32% growth

About

In 2018, Sarasota County, FL had a population of 427k people with a median age of 56.5 and a median household income of $61,683. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Sarasota County, FL grew from 419,119 to 426,718, a 1.81% increase and its median household income grew from $58,400 to $61,683, a 5.62% increase.

The population of Sarasota County, FL is 82.9% White Alone, 9.34% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.26% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Sarasota County, FL speak a non-English language, and 95% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sarasota County, FL are Suncoast Technical College (383 degrees awarded in 2017), Ringling College of Art and Design (237 degrees), and New College of Florida (171 degrees).

The median property value in Sarasota County, FL is $261,400, and the homeownership rate is 74.8%. Most people in Sarasota County, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Sarasota County, FL is 2 cars per household.

Sarasota County, FL borders Charlotte County, FL, DeSoto County, FL, and Manatee County, FL.

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Economy

The economy of Sarasota County, FL employs 178k people. The largest industries in Sarasota County, FL are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,605 people), Retail Trade (25,166 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (18,935 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($77,982), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,566), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,162).

Median household income in Sarasota County, FL is $61,683. Males in Sarasota County, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,612. The income inequality in Sarasota County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.474, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,683

2018 value

± $1,789

5.62%

1 Year Growth

± 5.84%

Households in Sarasota County, FL have a median annual income of $61,683, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,400 in 2017, which represents a 5.62% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,257

Average Male Salary

± $878

$46,612

Average Female Salary

± $604

In 2018, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $56,219 ± $3,256

  2. White

    $51,352 ± $590

  3. American Indian

    $40,596 ± $5,196

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sarasota County, FL is from Florida.

0.474

2018 Wage GINI

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Florida was 0.474 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.214% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8.01

  2. Census Tract 8.02

  3. Census Tract 19.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sarasota County, FL was Census Tract 8.01 with a value of $140,833, followed by Census Tract 8.02 and Census Tract 19.03, with respective values of $112,500 and $107,031.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sarasota County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sarasota County, FL (41.9k out of 399k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    32,588 ± 1,518

  2. Black

    6,493 ± 767

  3. Hispanic

    6,336 ± 787

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sarasota County, FL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

178k

2018 Value

± 8,116

5.88%

1 Year growth

± 6.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sarasota County, FL grew at a rate of 5.88%, from 169k employees to 178k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sarasota County, FL, are Sales & Related Occupations (25,194 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,451 people), and Management Occupations (17,495 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (25,194 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,451 people), and Management Occupations (17,495 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sarasota County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.56 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.5 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sarasota County, FL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,052), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($73,529), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,364).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

178k

2018 Value

± 8,116

5.88%

1 Year growth

± 6.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sarasota County, FL grew at a rate of 5.88%, from 169k employees to 178k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sarasota County, FL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,605 people), Retail Trade (25,166 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (18,935 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sarasota County, FL, though some of these residents may live in Sarasota County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sarasota County, FL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,605 people), Retail Trade (25,166 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (18,935 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sarasota County, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.87 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.49 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sarasota County, FL, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($77,982), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,566), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($55,162).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $63.5B

  2. $51.6B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $63.5B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($51.6B) and Electronics ($41.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$497B

2020 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

43.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Florida trade was $497B. This is expected to increase 43.6% to $714B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $19.5B

  2. $16.6B

  3. $11.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $19.5B, followed by Texas with $16.6B and California and $11.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.9% of the population of Sarasota County, FL has health coverage, with 31.1% on employee plans, 9.66% on Medicaid, 27.3% on Medicare, 18.8% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sarasota County, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Sarasota County, FL see 1263 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.29% decrease from the previous year (1306 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1384 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 606 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,263 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sarasota County, FL see an average of 1,263 patients per year. This represents a 3.29% decrease from the previous year (1,306 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sarasota County, FL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.1%

Uninsured

31.1%

Employer Coverage

9.66%

Medicaid

27.3%

Medicare

18.8%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sarasota County, FL grew by 1.46% from 10.9% to 11.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sarasota County, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sarasota County, FL is home to a population of 427k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2017, 12% of Sarasota County, FL residents were born outside of the country (50.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sarasota County, FL is composed of 354k White Alone residents (82.9%), 39.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.34%), 18.2k Black or African American Alone residents (4.26%), 7.26k Asian Alone residents (1.7%), 6.23k Two or More Races residents (1.46%), 747 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.175%), 458 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.107%), and 157 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0368%).

Age

Age by Nativity

57

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

55

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Sarasota County, FL was 56.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 57, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 55. But people in Sarasota County, FL are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Sarasota County, FL residents was 56.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

50.2k people

11.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

48.8k people

As of 2017, 12% of Sarasota County, FL residents (50.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sarasota County, FL was 11.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    1,028,508 ± 24,290 people

  2. Haiti

    339,246 ± 14,186 people

  3. Colombia

    285,400 ± 13,028 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 1,028,508 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 339,246 and Colombia with 285,400.

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Citizenship

95%

2018 Citizenship

95.1%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95% of Sarasota County, FL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Sarasota County, FL was 95.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    354k ± 351

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    39.8k ± 2.5k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    18.2k ± 1.39k

In 2018, there were 8.88 times more White Alone residents (354k people) in Sarasota County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.8k Hispanic or Latino and 18.2k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sarasota County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    16,166 ± 1,785

  2. Korea

    5,874 ± 1,164

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,315 ± 1,663

Sarasota County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Sarasota County, FL awarded 1,110 degrees. The student population of Sarasota County, FL is skewed towards women, with 1,570 male students and 2,628 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sarasota County, FL are White (694 and 65.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (151 and 14.2%), Black or African American (143 and 13.4%), and Asian (36 and 3.38%).

The largest universities in Sarasota County, FL by number of degrees awarded are Suncoast Technical College (383 and 34.5%), Ringling College of Art and Design (237 and 21.4%), and New College of Florida (171 and 15.4%).

The most popular majors in Sarasota County, FL are Illustration (83 and 7.48%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (80 and 7.21%), and General Cosmetology (71 and 6.4%).

The median tuition costs in Sarasota County, FL are $40,900 for private four year colleges, and $5,227 and $27,159 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Sarasota County, FL was Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects with 58 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Sarasota County, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 383 degrees awarded

  2. 237 degrees awarded

  3. 171 degrees awarded

$5,227

Median In-State Public

$40,900

Median Private

In 2017, the Sarasota County, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Suncoast Technical College with 383 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

390

Degrees Awarded to Men

720

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 390 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sarasota County, FL, which is 0.542 times less than the 720 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    694 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    151 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    143 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sarasota County, FL were to White students. These 694 degrees mean that there were 4.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 151 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sarasota County, FL was $261,400 in 2018, which is 1.14 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $253,000 to $261,400, a 3.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Sarasota County, FL is 74.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sarasota County, FL have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sarasota County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$261,400

2018 Median

± $11,270

$253,000

2017 Median

± $9,816

In 2018, the median property value in Sarasota County, FL grew to to $261,400 from the previous year's value of $253,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sarasota County, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sarasota County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$61,683

Median Household Income

± $1,789

184k

Number of Households

± 7,395

In 2018, the median household income of the 184k households in Sarasota County, FL grew to $61,683 from the previous year's value of $58,400.

The following chart displays the households in Sarasota County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sarasota County, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sarasota County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

74.8%

2018 Homeownership

74.7%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 74.8% of the housing units in Sarasota County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sarasota County, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sarasota County, FL have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.34% of the workforce in Sarasota County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Worked At Home

    8.86%

  3. Carpooled

    6.85%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Sarasota County, FL was Drove Alone (81.5%), followed by those who Worked At Home (8.86%) and those who Carpooled (6.85%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sarasota County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sarasota County, FL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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