Sarasota, Florida Population 2022

55,426
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Sarasota is a city located in Manatee County and Sarasota County Florida. It is also the county seat of Sarasota County. With a 2020 population of 55,426, it is the 75th largest city in Florida and the 781st largest city in the United States. Sarasota is currently growing at a rate of 0.53% annually and its population has increased by 1.06% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 54,842 in 2020. Spanning over 24 miles, Sarasota has a population density of 3,765 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sarasota is $87,493 with a poverty rate of 15.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,177 per month, and the median house value is $291,500. The median age in Sarasota is 49.2 years, 46.2 years for males, and 52.4 years for females.

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 Sarasotawas:

  • White: 77.70%
  • Black or African American: 15.17%
  • Two or more races: 3.72%
  • Asian: 2.07%
  • Other race: 1.06%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sarasota, Florida is 55,426 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 54,842.

Sarasota, Florida Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010703,3540.00%
2011709,7756,4210.90%
2012720,28110,5061.46%
2013731,79611,5151.57%
2014747,22815,4322.07%
2015767,30920,0812.62%
2016788,34121,0322.67%
2017805,18616,8452.09%
2018820,71615,5301.89%
2019836,99516,2791.94%
2020853,27416,2791.91%
2021869,55316,2791.87%

Sarasota Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White44,89977.70%
Black or African American8,76615.17%
American Indian and Alaska Native1620.28%
Asian1,1962.07%
Some Other Race6151.06%
Two or More Races2,1493.72%
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Sarasota Population by Race

Sarasota Population Pyramid 2022

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Sarasota Median Age

48.9


Total

46.1


Male

52.1


Female

Sarasota Adults

There are 49,373 adults, (16,196 of whom are seniors) in Sarasota.

Sarasota Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

48.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Sarasota Sex Ratio

Female

30,312

52.45%

Male

27,475

47.55%

Sarasota Population by Age

Sarasota Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sarasota Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.1%27.9%
All58%42%
Male53.6%46.4%
Non Family53.5%46.5%
Female35.9%64.1%

58.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sarasota Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All25,2092.1558
Married8,8282.8272.1
Male6983.4453.6
Female2,9483.5435.9
Non Family12,7351.353.5

2.92

Average Family Size

2.15

Average Household Size

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Sarasota Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7523.88%
9th to 12th Grade2,7696.13%
High School Graduate12,07726.75%
Some College8,59419.03%
Associates Degree3,1727.03%
Bachelors Degree9,50921.06%
Graduate Degree7,27816.12%
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Sarasota Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Native American1159573
White32,23830,47414,576
2+ Races1,151884421
Asian761699238
Hispanic6,2324,6801,223
Other Race55642681
Black5,6424,583568

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.53%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 63.48%.

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,516$35,597$30,354
Less Than 9th Grade$17,445$23,981$16,029
High School Graduate$30,320$30,935$29,655
Some College$31,869$37,516$28,408
Bachelors Degree$40,665$53,252$32,954
Graduate Degree$60,410$71,197$52,962

$32,516

Average Earnings

$35,597

Average Male

$30,354

Average Female

Sarasota Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sarasota Language by Age

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Sarasota Language

80.06% of Sarasota residents speak only English, while 19.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.68% of the population.

Sarasota Language

Sarasota Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black8,3072,83534.13%
Hispanic9,2801,84019.83%
Asian1,08220619.04%
Multiple2,03126713.15%
White35,4363,5299.96%
Other98NaN%

15.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.70%

Male Poverty Rate

16.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sarasota

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is Black, with 34.13% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.16%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.15%.

Sarasota Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.63%
High School19.79%
Some College12.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.40%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.93%
Male Unemployed35.27%
Female Employed9.06%
Female Unemployed42.20%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sarasota Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,093$94,355
Families$72,828$124,821
Married Families$93,016-
Non Families$40,003$62,404
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Income by Household Type

Sarasota Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.2%

Male Marriage Rate

36.3%

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 45-54.

Sarasota Marital Status by Race

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Sarasota Marital Status

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4,056

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War759
First Gulf War707
Vietnam1,178
Korea496
World War II326

Sarasota Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34406
35 to 54672
55 to 64498
65 to 74950
75+1,530

Sarasota Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,6789.18%
Black2944.68%
Other Race162.79%
2+ Races685.12%
Hispanic2693.84%

Sarasota Veterans by Race

Sarasota Veterans by Education

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10.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sarasota Veterans by Education

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53.6%

Labor Force Participation

51.6%

Employment Rate

3.7%

Unemployment Rate

Sarasota Employment by Age

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Sarasota Employment by Race

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Sarasota Employment by Education

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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30.92%

Born in Sarasota

83.31%

Native Born

16.69%

Foreign Born

9.18%

Non Citizen

7.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.31% of Sarasota residents were born in the United States, with 30.92% having been born in Florida. 9.18% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sarasota Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19308,3980.00%
194011,1412,7432.87%
195018,8967,7555.43%
196034,08315,1876.08%
197040,2376,1541.67%
198048,8688,6311.96%
199050,9612,0930.42%
200052,7151,7540.34%
201051,917-798-0.15%
201152,2092920.56%
201252,5012920.56%
201352,7932920.56%
201453,0852920.55%
201553,3772920.55%
201653,6692920.55%
201753,9612920.54%
201854,2532920.54%
201954,5452920.54%
202054,8422970.54%
202155,1342920.53%
202255,4262920.53%

Sarasota Population by Year