Welcome to Sarasota County

Sarasota County Gulf CoastWelcome to Sarasota County…a Tranquil Getaway on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast.

The origin of the name Sarasota is unknown. It may be named for a word in the indigenous Calusa language, meaning “point of rocks”. Some believe it was named after the daughter of famous explorer Hernando de Soto’s daughter Sara. According to the Florida League of Cities, the name first appeared in print as “Zarazote” on a 1763 land grant map.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 725 square miles, of which, 572 square miles of it is land and 154 square miles of it is water. A place where the pace of life moves with the rhythm of the tides and hospitality is measured in warm, friendly greetings.

Sarasota County is one of America’s best kept secrets. This part of the Sunshine State is host to great lifestyle of great work and recreational opportunities. The Southwest Florida Corridor is world-famous for its sun-kissed beaches, azure Gulf waters and coveted subtropical climate. Big-city amenities combined with the small-town ease of living have made Sarasota County a very desirable place to visit and reside.Sarasota County Median Income

Sarasota County is one of America’s best kept secrets. This part of the Sunshine State is host to great lifestyle of great work and recreational opportunities. The Southwest Florida Corridor is world-famous for its sun-kissed beaches, azure Gulf waters and coveted subtropical climate. Big-city amenities combined with the small-town ease of living have made Sarasota County a very desirable place to visit and reside.

Sarasota County is home to various cultural and art venues, including the famous Ringling Museum of Art, Internationally recognized for its important Baroque paintings collection. This creative community boasts its own opera, ballet and symphonies, live theatre, as well as numerous other art galleries.

The natural endowments of the area invite a wealth of activities, from water craft, deep sea fishing, kayaking, golf and tennis to such eco-friendly activities as cycling, birding and hiking. Plenty of opportunities await the sports enthusiast, from professional volleyball and hockey to major league baseball spring training. Sarasota County boasts a thriving economy, nationally ranked public school system and medical facilities, as well as world-class shopping and diverse dining venues.

The Best Place to Live in the South

Sarasota County boasts an unbeatable combination of reasons that make it “The Best Place to Live in the South”.

  •  Sunny, sub-tropical climate
  •  Clean air and water
  •  125 square miles of open, navigable waters
  •  Affordable housing
  •  Projected job growth nearly triple the national average
  •  Wide variety of recreational activities
  •  Low crime rate (59% below the national average)

Sarasota County Schools District Ranked 8 Out of 10

Sarasota County is host to over 50 public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Florida elementary and middle schools are graded by the Florida Department of Education according to the FCAT results. High school grades are computed on FCAT and several other factors [graduation rate (overall and at-risk populations), participation and performance in rigorous advanced courses, college readiness (Reading and Math)]. Florida has an open enrollment policy, which means that if your child attends or is assigned to a low-performing school in the district, you have the right to use an Opportunity Scholarship to attend a higher-performing school (called intradistrict choice), including public schools, public charter schools and private schools, as long as there is space. Some districts will allow your child to attend a school in a neighboring district (called interdistrict choice).

Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, students attending a Title I school designated as “in need of improvement” have the right to attend a higher performing school in the district.