Sarasota is known for its cultural and environmental amenities, including its beaches, resorts, parklands, and a high quality of living. Sarasota was incorporated in 1902, but the region first experienced commercial and residential activity when it became a home for Scottish immigrants in 1885.

Sarasota offers over 20 miles of frontage on the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Much of the city was expanded in the 20th century to include Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Casey Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. The city is home to several beaches, including Lido Key Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortex Beach, and Sarasota Beach. Marina Jack, the full-service marina and yacht club, is centrally located in downtown Sarasota.

A bustling city and the economic hub for Sarasota County, Sarasota’s unemployment rate is significantly lower than the U.S. average, and the city’s job growth is higher than the national average. Further, the tax rate is lower than the national average, and household income is slightly higher. Such factors combine to create a strong and dependable local economy.

There are several schools in Sarasota, with some earning national renown, like the Sarasota School of Architecture. 

Sarasota ranks high for having some of the best golf courses in the state, with at least ten such courses making TripAdvisor’s list. Some of these courses include the University Park Golf Club, Rolling Green Golf Club, and Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club.

Sarasota residents and visitors alike appreciate the city’s open, welcoming nature, including the long list of dog-friendly restaurants and cafes. Nearby Myakka River State Park is a popular local attraction, one of Florida’s most beautiful natural wonders. In addition to parks, beaches, and great shopping centers, the City of Sarasota puts on frequent events and local happenings to bring residents together. The city’s website hosts an updated schedule of events.