Sarasota, Florida Population 2021

59,363
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Sarasota is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 59,363, it is the 53rd largest city in Florida and the 647th largest city in the United States. Sarasota is currently growing at a rate of 0.92% annually and its population has increased by 14.34% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,917 in 2010. Sarasota reached it's highest population of 59,363 in 2021. Spanning over 24 miles, Sarasota has a population density of 4,033 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sarasota is $87,493 with a poverty rate of 15.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,134 per month, and the median house value is $268,400. The median age in Sarasota is 49.2 years, 46.2 years for males, and 52.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.0 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: 80.57%
  • Black or African American: 14.23%
  • Two or more races: 1.94%
  • Asian: 1.66%
  • Other race: 1.31%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sarasota, Florida is 59,363, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 57,746.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,917.

Sarasota, Florida Population 2021

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

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

Sarasota Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White45,86180.57%
Black or African American8,10014.23%
Two or More Races1,1071.94%
Asian9461.66%
Some Other Race7471.31%
American Indian and Alaska Native1580.28%
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Sarasota Population by Race

Sarasota Population Pyramid 2021

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Sarasota Median Age

49.2


Total

46.2


Male

52.4


Female

Sarasota Adults

There are 48,909 adults, (15,549 of whom are seniors) in Sarasota.

Sarasota Age Dependency

70.6

Age Dependency Ratio

46.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24

Child Dependency Ratio

Sarasota Sex Ratio

Female

29,182

51.27%

Male

27,737

48.73%

Sarasota Population by Age

Sarasota Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sarasota Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.1%26.9%
All57.6%42.4%
Male52.2%47.8%
Non Family51.1%48.9%
Female38.1%61.9%

57.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sarasota Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All24,4472.1957.6
Non Family12,6351.3251.1
Married8,6592.8873.1
Female2,4713.8238.1
Male6823.3852.2

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Average Family Size

2.19

Average Household Size

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Sarasota Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7613.95%
9th to 12th Grade2,9466.61%
High School Graduate11,58926.01%
Some College9,14920.54%
Associates Degree2,8676.44%
Bachelors Degree9,48221.28%
Graduate Degree6,75515.16%
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Sarasota Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White32,09730,22314,139
Hispanic6,3244,6791,067
Black5,1974,130531
Other Race689535110
Asian668625304
Multiple Races456364153
Native American1119373

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.16%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 65.77%.

Sarasota Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,653$34,400$29,157
Less Than High School$17,199$22,708$15,604
High School Grad$28,180$29,458$26,683
Some College$31,774$35,667$29,474
Bachelors Degree$40,550$48,588$32,158
Graduate Degree$56,907$80,656$48,423

$31,653

Average Earnings

$34,400

Average Male

$29,157

Average Female

Sarasota Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sarasota Language by Age

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Sarasota Language

80.12% of Sarasota residents speak only English, while 19.88% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.94% of the population.

Sarasota Language

Sarasota Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White35,3873,3039.33%
Black7,7022,84536.94%
Hispanic9,4342,04421.67%
Multiple98617617.85%
Asian85216419.25%
Other7459913.29%

15.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.72%

Male Poverty Rate

16.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sarasota

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is Black, with 36.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sarasota is White, with 9.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.23%.

Sarasota Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.73%
High School18.02%
Some College13.27%
Bachelors or Greater4.28%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed39.45%
Female Unemployed39.01%
Female Employed9.31%
Male Employed7.46%

Sarasota Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sarasota Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,669$87,493
Families$70,436$117,898
Married Families$81,200-
Non Families$39,707$57,352
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Income by Household Type

Sarasota Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.1%

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 Marital Status

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4,662

Number of Veterans

4,165

Male Veterans

497

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,569
Second Gulf War680
First Gulf War633
Korea553
World War II503

Sarasota Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,682
65 to 741,212
55 to 64807
35 to 54601
18 to 34360

Sarasota Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,23110.41%
Black3596.00%
Hispanic2583.64%
2 or More609.68%
Other121.61%

Sarasota Veterans by Race

Sarasota Veterans by Education

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11.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sarasota Veterans by Education

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54.5%

Labor Force Participation

52.3%

Employment Rate

4%

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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29.93%

Born in Florida

81.96%

Native Born

18.04%

Foreign Born

10.32%

Non Citizen

7.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

81.96% of Sarasota residents were born in the United States, with 29.93% having been born in Florida. 10.32% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202159,3635390.92%
202058,8245390.92%
201958,2855390.93%
201857,7465610.98%
201757,1857451.32%
201656,4401,4842.70%
201554,9569411.74%
201454,0158661.63%
201353,1491950.37%
201252,9544270.81%
201152,5273080.59%
201052,219-496-0.09%
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 by Year