Sarasota, Florida Population 2019

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 57,000 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
White44,721
Black or African American7,675
Two or More Races988
Some Other Race788
Asian767
American Indian and Alaska Native164

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Sarasota Population Pyramid 2019

5001,0001,5002,000 Male Population5001,0001,5002,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Sarasota Median Age

47.2


Total

44.6


Male

50.3


Female

Sarasota Adults

There are 46,761 adults, (14,575 of whom are seniors) in Sarasota.

Sarasota Age Dependency

71.2

Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Sarasota Sex Ratio

Female

28,172

51.13%

Male

26,931

48.87%

Sarasota Households and Families

Sarasota Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Sarasota Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.2%27.8%
All55.6%44.4%
Non Family48.7%51.3%
Male46.5%53.5%
Female39.4%60.6%

55.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sarasota Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,7322.1855.6
Non Family11,9791.2948.7
Married8,1572.8472.2
Female2,7933.6239.4
Male8033.5946.5

2.96

Average Family Size

2.18

Average Household Size

5.3%

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 Grade1,9854.71%
9th to 12th Grade3,0367.20%
High School Graduate11,50327.29%
Some College8,45620.06%
Associates Degree2,5215.98%
Bachelors Degree8,73420.72%
Graduate Degree5,91514.03%

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,87628,20013,141
Hispanic6,2104,363853
Black5,1463,767394
Asian598537181
Other Race57943983
Multiple Races440368138
Native American857036

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.39%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 43.99%.

Sarasota Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,170$31,812$27,830
Less Than High School$20,878$23,626$16,969
High School Grad$25,169$26,063$22,169
Some College$29,825$31,958$27,042
Bachelors Degree$40,946$49,426$34,105
Graduate Degree$51,633$62,904$46,887

$30,170

Average Earnings

$31,812

Average Male

$27,830

Average Female

Sarasota Language

Sarasota Language by Age

Sarasota Language

77.97% of Sarasota residents speak only English, while 22.03% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.71% of the population.

Sarasota Poverty

Sarasota Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White33,5683,60410.74%
Hispanic9,8382,98930.38%
Black7,3422,81138.29%
Multiple86928432.68%
Other77215319.82%
Asian73512817.41%
Native1575635.67%

18.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.62%

Male Poverty Rate

19.56%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sarasota

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is Black, with 38.29% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is White, with 10.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.89%.

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.93%
High School20.35%
Some College13.57%
Bachelors or Greater6.57%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed44.01%
Female Unemployed38.45%
Female Employed11.49%
Male Employed8.94%

Sarasota Income

Sarasota Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,073$73,885
Families$60,074$97,630
Married Families$73,293$
Non Families$33,584$48,677

Sarasota Marital Status

Sarasota Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.8%

Male Marriage Rate

36.0%

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


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Sarasota Veterans

Sarasota Veterans by War

4,476

Number of Veterans

4,060

Male Veterans

416

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,553
First Gulf War624
Korea577
World War II492
Second Gulf War434

Sarasota Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+1,593
65 to 741,240
55 to 64749
35 to 54611
18 to 34283

Sarasota Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,92110.15%
Black5348.86%
Hispanic1592.27%
2 or More213.61%

Sarasota Veterans by Education

7.23%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sarasota Employment Status

Sarasota Employment by Age

54.9%

Labor Force Participation

51.3%

Employment Rate

6.7%

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

30.13%

Born in Florida

81.12%

Native Born

18.88%

Foreign Born

11.63%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.12% of Sarasota residents were born in the United States, with 30.13% having been born in Florida. 11.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.