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County Demographics and Statistics

Sarasota County is located in the southwestern part of the Florida peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico, between Manatee and Charlotte counties. 

Our economy is largely service-oriented, driven by tourism and the migration of retirees, with the major industries including health care, retail trade, and hospitality. 

The 2017 population of the county is estimated to be approximately 407,000 permanent residents. During the winter months, however, the local population can increase to over 500,000. 

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Sarasota County's Youth
While Sarasota County is known for its older, retired population, almost one out of every five households in the county has at least one child under 18. Learn more about Sarasota County's youngest residents by exploring the latest Demographic SNAPshot. View the full Sarasota County's Youth infographic.

Sarasota County Youth demogrphics