Sarasota, Florida Population 2020

59,218
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Sarasota is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 59,218, it is the 54th largest city in Florida and the 656th largest city in the United States. Sarasota is currently growing at a rate of 1.27% annually and its population has increased by 14.06% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,917 in 2010. Spanning over 24 miles, Sarasota has a population density of 4,023 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sarasota is $79,614 with a poverty rate of 17.11%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,069 per month, and the median house value is $239,600. The median age in Sarasota is 48.4 years, 45.4 years for males, and 51.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.

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 coast and includes the Sarasota Bay and multiple barrier islands.

Sarasota Population Statistics

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 much growth in its future.

Sarasota’s history began over 10,000 years ago, with research showing that native people occupied it. Europeans first discovered the area in the early 1500s. In 1539, the city 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 at 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 began to see growth, with many moving here to find jobs. Unfortunately, the city was affected by the Great Depression, like many others. Many of the city’s wealthiest 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 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sarasota was:

  • White: 81.36%
  • Black or African American: 13.65%
  • Two or more races: 1.74%
  • Asian: 1.58%
  • Other race: 1.41%
  • Native American: 0.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sarasota, Florida is 59,218, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 57,738.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,917.

Sarasota, Florida Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020854,44116,4341.92%
2019838,00716,4341.96%
2018821,57316,4342.00%
2017805,13916,7102.08%
2016788,42921,0002.66%
2015767,42920,0122.61%
2014747,41715,4872.07%
2013731,93011,5791.58%
2012720,35110,5791.47%
2011709,7726,4080.90%
2010703,3640.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White45,64281.36%
Black or African American7,66013.65%
Two or More Races9741.74%
Asian8861.58%
Some Other Race7911.41%
American Indian and Alaska Native1490.27%
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Sarasota Population Pyramid 2020

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Sarasota Median Age

48.4


Total

45.4


Male

51.4


Female

Sarasota Adults

There are 47,945 adults, (15,371 of whom are seniors) in Sarasota.

Sarasota Age Dependency

72.2

Age Dependency Ratio

47.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25

Child Dependency Ratio

Sarasota Sex Ratio

Female

28,762

51.27%

Male

27,340

48.73%

Sarasota Households and Families

Sarasota Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sarasota Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.9%25.1%
All57.5%42.5%
Non Family50.2%49.8%
Male49.2%50.8%
Female38.5%61.5%

57.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,4162.1657.5
Non Family12,5601.2950.2
Married8,4542.8574.9
Female2,5643.7238.5
Male8383.3849.2

2.97

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.8%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Sarasota Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,8684.30%
9th to 12th Grade3,1147.17%
High School Graduate11,80127.17%
Some College8,61019.82%
Associates Degree2,7886.42%
Bachelors Degree8,89220.47%
Graduate Degree6,36814.66%
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Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White31,76729,79013,762
Hispanic5,8284,216794
Black4,8953,705462
Other Race66151380
Asian606511158
Multiple Races34622345
Native American1058968

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.78%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 64.76%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,328$34,039$28,668
Less Than High School$18,048$23,950$15,660
High School Grad$27,090$28,160$25,904
Some College$31,514$35,603$27,364
Bachelors Degree$41,948$49,364$36,761
Graduate Degree$54,385$73,438$45,724

$31,328

Average Earnings

$34,039

Average Male

$28,668

Average Female

Sarasota Language

Sarasota Language by Age

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Sarasota Language

79.90% of Sarasota residents speak only English, while 20.10% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.59% of the population.

Sarasota Poverty

Sarasota Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White35,5093,67510.35%
Black7,2622,70037.18%
Hispanic8,8702,35526.55%
Multiple84127532.70%
Asian80514718.26%
Other78913817.49%

17.11%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.16%

Male Poverty Rate

18.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sarasota

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is Black, with 37.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is White, with 10.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.28%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.39%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.91%
High School18.05%
Some College13.83%
Bachelors or Greater4.78%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.54%
Male Unemployed33.52%
Female Employed11.44%
Male Employed7.54%

Sarasota Income

Sarasota Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,884$79,614
Families$65,511$108,428
Married Families$78,588-
Non Families$35,295$50,509
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Sarasota Marital Status

Sarasota Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.5%

Male Marriage Rate

36.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Sarasota Married by Age and Sex

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Sarasota Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Sarasota Marital Status by Race

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Sarasota Veterans

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4,927

Number of Veterans

4,425

Male Veterans

502

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,788
First Gulf War751
Second Gulf War613
Korea588
World War II502
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Age Group Veterans
75+1,698
65 to 741,387
55 to 64803
35 to 54672
18 to 34367
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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,45411.11%
Black4297.44%
Hispanic2493.79%
2 or More448.91%

Sarasota Veterans by Education

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8.74%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.56%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sarasota Employment Status

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54.7%

Labor Force Participation

51.9%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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30.31%

Born in Florida

82.65%

Native Born

17.35%

Foreign Born

10.00%

Non Citizen

7.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.65% of Sarasota residents were born in the United States, with 30.31% having been born in Florida. 10.00% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202059,2187401.27%
201958,4787401.28%
201857,7385520.97%
201757,1867401.31%
201656,4461,4832.70%
201554,9639441.75%
201454,0198681.63%
201353,1511980.37%
201252,9534330.82%
201152,5203040.58%
201052,216-499-0.10%
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%