Sarasota, Florida Population 2018

Sarasota is a city located in the state of Florida. Specifically, it is located in Sarasota County, where it is the county seat. Sarasota is located along Florida’s southwestern coat and includes the Sarasota Bay and multiple barrier islands. According to recent estimates, the city’s population is 56,610, reflecting significant growth since the last official census.

Sarasota History

Sarasota’s history began over 10,000 years ago, with research showing that it was occupied by native people. The area was first discovered by Europeans in the early 1500s. In 1539, the area was named “ZaraSota” by Hernando de Soto. At this time, Sarasota was not settled but was instead a place for fishing camps.

During the 1800s, Sarasota was the site of Fort Armistead. Because of epidemics, however, the fort was abandoned. Many of the natives were also killed by these illnesses, while the remaining inhabitants were forced to move south.

European cities began arriving to what was now known as Zara Zote during the 1840s. As the area was settled, it took on the name Sara Sota before becoming Sarasota. The village was incorporated as a town in 1902. It was later incorporated as a city in 1913.

Throughout the early 20th century, the city began to expand, taking over the neighboring communities. The city grew with the development of grand estates along Shell Beach, a hotel, and the railroad. An interesting fact is that Sarasota attracted members of the Ringling family of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

After World War I was when the city really began to see growth, with many moving here to find jobs. Unfortunately, the city was affected like so many others by the Great Depression. Many of the city’s richest residents went into bankruptcy following the market crash. However, just as other cities did, Sarasota did recover from this financial crisis. However, many years later, an economic crisis would once again plague the city. Sarasota is believed to be an epicenter of the real estate crash of 2008, which affected much of the United States.

Today, the city is a mix of past history and modern attractions. Many historic homes and neighborhoods remain intact, while other areas of the city have been updated with shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. The city’s economy is primarily based on tourism, with many coming to the city to enjoy the beautiful beaches and all that Sarasota has to offer.

Sarasota Demographics

The city of Sarasota has a population of almost 52,000 people, according to the most recent estimates. The city is over 25 square miles and has a population density of 3,856 people per square mile.

Breaking down the city by race shows that the over 65% of residents are white, over 15% are black, 2.3% are mixed race, and 16.6% are Hispanic or Latino. There are more females than males, making up 52% of the population. About 30% of the people in Sarasota County are at least 65 years old, making up the largest age group. Just 17% are under 18 years old. Over 16% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Some of the city’s top employers include Board’s Head, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Aviation Recorders, and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

Sarasota Population Growth

Sarasota has primarily seen growth in its population since the 1910 census. The city’s population was over 11,000 by 1940 before tripling in 1960. The city reached over 50,000 residents at the time of the 1990 census and continued to grow through the next decade. However, at the time of the 2010 census, the population had dropped by 1.5%. However, current estimates show that the population has since rebounded and has grown by 9% since the last census, indicating that this coastal city has a lot of growing in its future.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201756,9946031.07%
201656,3911,4252.59%
201554,9669391.74%
201454,0278751.65%
201353,1522120.40%
201252,9404500.86%
201152,4903080.59%
201052,182-533-0.10%
200052,7151,7540.34%
199050,9612,0930.42%
198048,8688,6311.96%
197040,2376,1541.67%
196034,08315,1876.08%
195018,8967,7555.43%
194011,1412,7432.87%
19308,3980.00%

Sarasota Population in 2018Source: By Roger from Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A. (Sarasota from Condominium (2003)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White43,563
Black or African American8,057
Two or More Races1,113
Some Other Race803
Asian723
American Indian and Alaska Native166

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Sarasota Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Sarasota Median Age

46.5


Total

43.7


Male

49.6


Female

Sarasota Adults

There are 45,935 adults, (13,715 of which are seniors) in Sarasota.

Sarasota Age Dependency

68.7

Age Dependency Ratio

42.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Sarasota Sex Ratio

Female

28,031

51.50%

Male

26,394

48.50%

Sarasota Households and Families

Sarasota Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sarasota Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.3%28.7%
All54.2%45.8%
Non Family47.6%52.4%
Male40.9%59.1%
Female35%65%

54.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sarasota Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,4822.1754.2
Non Family11,6611.2947.6
Married8,2402.8371.3
Female2,8033.5935
Male7783.440.9

2.92

Average Family Size

2.17

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.8%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sarasota Households

Sarasota Education

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7424.22%
9th to 12th Grade2,9087.04%
High School Graduate11,63128.14%
Some College8,42520.39%
Associates Degree2,5526.18%
Bachelors Degree8,30820.10%
Graduate Degree5,76013.94%

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,12027,56512,514
Hispanic5,8364,117790
Black5,4814,215495
Other Race56939984
Asian529453171
Multiple Races489431177
Native American1068731

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.66%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 42.97%.

Sarasota Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,536$29,749$26,468
Less Than High School$18,694$19,433$17,394
High School Grad$22,412$23,116$21,829
Some College$27,073$30,080$26,046
Bachelors Degree$38,881$45,155$32,181
Graduate Degree$51,789$56,673$49,906

$27,536

Average Earnings

$29,749

Average Male

$26,468

Average Female

Sarasota Language

Sarasota Language by Age

Sarasota Language

78.67% of Sarasota residents speak only English, while 21.33% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.63% of the population.

Sarasota Poverty

Sarasota Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White32,6723,88411.89%
Hispanic9,6823,04231.42%
Black7,7642,84336.62%
Multiple1,01136636.20%
Other78514618.60%
Asian68113619.97%
Native1664627.71%

19.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.19%

Male Poverty Rate

20.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sarasota

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is Black, with 36.62% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is White, with 11.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.59%.

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.74%
High School19.87%
Some College13.71%
Bachelors or Greater8.09%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed50.21%
Female Unemployed40.82%
Female Employed11.70%
Male Employed9.60%

Sarasota Income

Sarasota Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,477$70,134
Families$55,641$90,985
Married Families$68,583$
Non Families$32,270$46,794

Sarasota Marital Status

Sarasota Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.4%

Male Marriage Rate

36.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Sarasota Married by Age and Sex

Sarasota Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Sarasota Marital Status by Race

Sarasota Veterans

Sarasota Veterans by War

4,341

Number of Veterans

3,985

Male Veterans

356

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,460
First Gulf War604
World War II592
Korea513
Second Gulf War420

Sarasota Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,571
65 to 741,094
55 to 64772
35 to 54627
18 to 34277

Sarasota Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7369.96%
Black5388.49%
Hispanic1802.68%
2 or More426.39%
Indian2520.49%

Sarasota Veterans by Education

8.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sarasota Employment Status

Sarasota Employment by Age

56.8%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

8.5%

Unemployment Rate

Sarasota Employment by Race

Sarasota Employment by Education

Sarasota Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

30.63%

Born in Florida

82.07%

Native Born

17.93%

Foreign Born

11.23%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

82.07% of Sarasota residents were born in the United States, with 30.63% having been born in Florida. 11.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.