Sarasota County Florida Located in West Florida
Sarasota County Cities
||Warm Mineral Springs
|Gator Creek Estates
Sarasota Real Estate
Land area (rank): 573 square miles (50)
Population 1993 (rank): 290,612 (14)
Population density 1993 (rank): 507 persons per square mile (8)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 37.3% (28)
Sarasota County is on the Gulf coast, south of the Tampa-St.
Petersburg-Bradenton area and is bordered by Charlotte, De Soto,
and Manatee counties. The county has 32 square miles of water.
The average January temperature is 61.5 degrees F, and the average
August temperature is 80.1 degrees F. The average annual rainfall
is 57.11 inches.
Sarasota County was established in 1921 from a portion of Manatee
County. The exact meaning of the name is unknown and may be of
Indian origin. The name was first applied to a prominent part
of the county's shoreline known as Point O' Rocks. Early versions
of the name include "Sarasote," "Sarazota,"
and "Sara Zota."
Most of Sarasota County's population is along the coast. The
incorporated place with the greatest population is the city of
Sarasota, which in 1993 had a population of 50,820, followed by
Venice, with a 1993 population of 17,768, and North Port, with
a 1993 population of 13,591. Nearly 70% of Sarasota County's population
was in unincorporated areas in 1993. In 1990 the largest unincorporated
place in Sarasota County was Sarasota Springs with a population
of 16,088, followed by South Venice with a population of 11,840.
The U.S. Bureau of the Census has designated Sarasota County as
the Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1993, 95% of Sarasota
County's population was white and 5% was nonwhite. In 1990, 2.1%
of the population was Hispanic. Of the population increase between
1980 and 1990, 100.0% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth
rate was 9.2 live births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death
rate was 14.3 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality
rate was 8.2 per 1,000. The leading causes of death in 1993 were
heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 64.5% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 2.1%. In
1990, 81.3% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 21.9% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Manatee Community College (Manatee
County); University of South Florida, Sarasota and New College
campuses; Ringling School of Art and Design, University of Sarasota,
The per capita income in Sarasota County for 1993 was $27,492
(3rd highest in the state). The median household income was $29,919
in 1989. In 1989, 4.6% of families had incomes below the poverty
level. In 1990, 17.6% of personal income in Sarasota County was
derived from transfer payments. In 1992 there were 328 farms in
Sarasota County, totalling 151,242 acres (41% of land in the county).
In 1991, 130,027 pounds of fish and 31,302 pounds of shellfish
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $87,200
Median monthly rent 1990: $458
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 13.3
Housing starts 1992: 2,420
Housing starts 1993: 2,591
In 1992 the price level index for Sarasota County was 101.90
(7th highest in the state).
Sarasota is a charter county. In 1993, the ad valorem millage
rate was 3.7989, and the total taxable value of property was $15,489,379,289.
Taxable sales totalled $2955.70 million in 1992 and $3108.40 million
in 1993. Lottery sales totalled $36,533 thousand in 1992-93. In
1990-91 Sarasota County's revenues totalled $235,841 thousand
($832.9 per capita) and its expenditures $236,291 thousand ($834.5
per capita). Of those 18 years of age and older, 76.5% were registered
to vote in 1992. Of these, 32.7% were registered Democrat and
59.3% were registered Republican. In the 1992 presidential election,
42.8% of the votes were cast for Bush, 34.9% for Clinton, and
21.9% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Medieval Fair, March, Children's Art Festival, April, Sarasota
Jazz Festival, April, Summer Music Festival, June, Sailing Squadron
Labor Day Regatta, French Film Festival, November, Sarasota; Sand
Sculpture Contest, Siesta Key Beach; Bellm's Cars and Music of
Yesterday, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Lionel Train
and Seashell Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota.