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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Historic interest
-Leisure activities

Cons

-Cost of living
-Tourist impact
-Crime rates


What Bert Has To Say About North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metro Area


Sarasota is an affluent resort community with an interesting history. In the late 1880’s, golf was introduced to the area from Scotland, and today, there are more than 30 golf courses near downtown. Leftover Scottish influence defines the appearance of many buildings. Led in part by the Ringling family of circus fame, the area became a top resort and real estate investment attraction in the 1920’s.

Today the area is booming once again as a pleasant residential area and retirement destination, and this has impacted housing and living costs. Bradenton is more residential and close enough to the Tampa area that some make the commute, while also being close enough to that area that many weekenders make the trip south to enjoy Bradenton’s beaches. Venice is a small coastal city some 12 miles south of Sarasota.

The downtown areas of all three cities are pleasant and walkable, with plain, sprawling suburbs surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota towards the north-south I-75 corridor. Although the economy in general and future job growth projections are strong, this is not a great area for the career-minded to settle; much of the area’s wealth and economic base are brought in from elsewhere, and employment is heavily centered on healthcare, government and retail. There is plenty to do, and the area is strategically to provide a smaller city lifestyle while taking advantage of the greater set of city services available in the Tampa-St Petersburg area.

Located on the shore of Sarasota Bay, Sarasota sits on level, sandy terrain across from a long, narrow barrier island. There are areas of banyan trees and other tropical plants. Inland sections contain agriculture and orchards. The climate is subtropical with a substantial Gulf influence. Summers are long, warm, and humid, with afternoon highs of 90 or more and warm evenings in the 70’s. Afternoon sea breezes and frequent thunderstorms moderate temperatures. Winters are quite mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s and lows rarely below 50. Invasions of cold northern air produce an occasional light frost and a cold winter morning or two.


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Quick Facts About Palmetto


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Palmetto is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Palmetto jobs have Increased by 5.19 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Palmetto's cost of living is 6.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Palmetto's population is 12,761 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -3.38 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Palmetto is $135,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.10 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Palmetto public schools spend $11,065 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17 students per teacher in Palmetto.

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Palmetto's town keeps trying and developing.
I am a 40yr old single female who moved to Palmetto about 6 years ago. Since I have been here, I have seen the change in the town. Despite a bad economy, Palmetto... (read more)
Poor Schools
My husband and I are moving from this area because the schools are more than poor. With almost no after school activites or diverse educational choices. If you child... (read more)
Live in suburbs
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