Sarasota, FL Economy


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Sarasota, FL is a vibrant city known for its bustling cultural scene and gorgeous beaches. The 2 bedroom rent in Sarasota is slightly higher than the average US rent at $1,580 compared to $1,430. Additionally, the Grocery Cost Index in Sarasota is 107 versus the national average of 100. Residents enjoy a plethora of cultural activities such as visiting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, or taking a tour of one of the many local breweries like Motorworks Brewing or JDub’s Brewing Company. There are also plenty of corporate headquarters based out of Sarasota such as Data Alliance Corporation, Atlas Professionals Inc., Bausch Healthcare Companies Inc., and more that provide employment opportunities to locals.

Sarasota has an unemployment rate of 4.6%. The US average is 6.0%.

Sarasota has seen the job market increase by 2.6% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 44.6%, which is higher than the US average of 33.5%.

Tax Rates for Sarasota
- The Sales Tax Rate for Sarasota is 7.0%. The US average is 7.3%.
- The Income Tax Rate for Sarasota is 0.0%. The US average is 4.6%.
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Income and Salaries for Sarasota
- The average income of a Sarasota resident is $48,380 a year. The US average is $37,638 a year.
- The Median household income of a Sarasota resident is $62,615 a year. The US average is $69,021 a year.

Income by Population Percent

  EconomySarasota, FloridaUnited States
  4.66
  -6.0%-6.2%
  44.6%33.5%
  7.0%6.2%
  0.0%4.6%
  $48,380$37,638
  $62,615$69,021
  $78,851$85,028
  Population by Occupation
  0.6%1.2%
  0.1%0.5%
  7.8%6.8%
  4.5%10.0%
  2.8%2.5%
  10.6%11.0%
  3.5%4.8%
  0.5%0.8%
  2.4%1.9%
  3.3%4.7%
  3.2%1.9%
  7.3%7.6%
  0.2%0.1%
  6.8%4.2%
  7.0%9.3%
  15.6%14.0%
  4.1%2.1%
  11.9%7.0%
  5.2%4.8%
  2.5%4.7%
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Sarasota is my home from birth but those of us who have lived here long enough to have seen the devolution of what was once an easy to navigate, clean, low crime beach  More

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Starting to love Sarasota: Wife and I moved to Osprey- a small suburb between Sarasota and Venice. We're about 13 miles to downtown Sarasota, so not "city dwellers".   More

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As always, anyone considering moving to anyplace new, including Sarasota, needs to come down and spend a month or two before actually moving here. The city is overrun  More

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