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Sarasota is a city on the southwestern coast of Florida. Sarasota is best known for beaches and resorts and is located north of Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. The constant sun and warm weather allows for outdoor activities and an abundance of retirees.
Climate & Geography
Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate closely bordering a tropical savanna climate. The rainy season lasts from June to September and the dry season lasts from October to May. The average annual high temperature is in the low 80s and the average low temperature is in the low 60s. The average annual precipitation is around 52 inches of rainfall.
The geographical limits of Sarasota include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Active adults spend their constant sunny days outdoors by visiting Myakk River State Park, The Celery Fields, and South Lido Park. Residents also enjoy visiting landmarks such as the Ca d’Zan, Ed Smith Stadium, St. Armands Circle, and the Unconditional Surrender Sculpture. There are many indoor activities to enjoy on hot days such as the Art Center Sarasota, the AlexArt International Art Gallery, the Nontando, and the Towles Court Artist Colon.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home value in Sarasota is just above the national median. Social Security and other retirement income is not taxed since Florida is one of the few states with no income tax.
The Florida law caps increases in a home’s assessed value for full time residents at 3 percent a year or the CPI, whichever is lower.
Sarasota is ranked 9th in well-being based on data collection in 2017 and 2018 as part of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index with a score of 63.6.
There are four medical centers and hospitals in Sarasota; Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is regionally ranked and rated High Performing in nine adult procedures/conditions.