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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
  • Hospitality

The 2019 county population is estimated to be approximately 426,000 permanent residents. During the winter months, however, the local population can increase to over 500,000.

Sarasota County Summary Statistics

Source: Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, 2019 (Resident Population). All other values: U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

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Much has changed since Sarasota County had its first census in 1930 when only 12,440 residents lived here! This featured infographic offers a glimpse of Sarasota County's demographics during the previous censuses and how conducting the census has evolved through the decades.

View the infographic here or visit the Sarasota County 2020 Census page (external) for an interactive version (select Timelines from the menu).

Path to the 2020 Census Infographic

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