Sarasota 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 Growth Rate

Sarasota Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American8,08914.29%
Two or More Races1,0431.84%
Some Other Race7251.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native740.13%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander0.00%

Population Pyramid

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Sarasota Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
Total Housing Units

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Sarasota for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6% and the labor force participation rate is 58.2%.

Sarasota Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size