Sarasota and its barrier islands are on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast. Sarasota's pristine, white sand beaches with sky blue waters and warm climate are the city's main attractions.
Nearby Myakka River State Park, Florida's largest state park, and the barrier islands make for a winter wonderland for many migratory bird species.
Sarasota is home to a satellite campus of the University of South Florida.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Sarasota ranks high in medical care, home energy use and demographic diversity. Sarasota ranks low in family income and water quality.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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