The accolades for Sarasota's lifestyle continue to grow, with Bankrate citing our city as the second-best place to live in the United States and the top-ranking place to live in Florida.
Sarasota's diverse population, with retirees, families, and young professionals creates a vibrant year-round scene as well as an active tax base that supports quality schools and municipal improvements that contribute to the quality of life. Our renowned cultural enterprises, including the professional ballet, the opera, and numerous theatre companies, plus the world-class art museums (the Ringling Museum and Sarasota Art Museum) are highly appealing to residents relocating from big cities. The opportunity to enjoy cosmopolitan dining and entertaining even after relocating from a city like New York or San Francisco comes at a fantastic value because of Sarasota's relative affordability.
Luxury home choices abound and there are more and more residential options with new construction Downtown and on the keys. For those not in the highest buyer bracket, there is a range of purchase prices in neighborhoods that offer school choices, walking distance to the water, great views, parks and more.
Notably, Sarasota's population increase has skyrocketed more than any other city on Bankrate's list. The growth of our city population is propelling the growth of our city itself, with new buildings and developments like The Quay taking shape to satisfy increased demand. Low unemployment and a growing number of working professionals illustrates that our economy is thriving and that the year-round energy we enjoy will continue to strengthen as new businesses and projects launch.