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Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition has it that the name derives from Spanish for "place of dancing"

The latitude of Sarasota is 27.336N. The longitude is -82.53W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 23 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 53,259.


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Median household income
Local
$34,077
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Sarasota demographic reports
Sarasota is on Sarasota Bay, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico
Winter home of John Ringling and his circus. Ringling developed the area as a cultural center before the 1920s land boom
Public transportation: Sarasota County Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 566. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 10.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1952 movie, "The Greatest Show on Earth"
· 1998 movie, "Great Expectations"
Well-known residents have included:
· Emmett Kelly Sr., clown
· Monica Seles, tennis player
· Paul Reubens, actor (Pee-Wee Herman)
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Sarasota County Fair - March 16-25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Sarasota web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Opera
Nearby parks & recreation: Myakka River State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota attractions: Circus Sarasota, Mote Marine Aquarium, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sports teams: Reds (minor league baseball), GCL Reds (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Ringling Museum of Art, Museum of Asian Art, Art Center Sarasota
Colleges and universities: University of South Florida, Ringling School of Art And Design, New College of the University of South Florida
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 161

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Sarasota demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Sarasota County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Sarasota-Bradenton area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 34236 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Sarasota residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sarasota ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sarasota was $23,197, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

26% of Sarasota residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Sarasota include Burns Court Historic District, Caples' - Ringlings' Estates Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Sarasota, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $566.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $912.


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Libraries in Sarasota include Fruitville Public Library, Gulf Gate Library, Selby Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Sarasota include Sarasota Herald-Tribune

TV stations in Sarasota include WWSB.

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Sarasota County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sarasota political report.

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Sarasota restaurants taking online reservations include Cafe L'Europe - St Armand's, Cru Bistro & Wine Bar, Michael's at Van Wezel, Roessler's, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Sarasota, Selva Grill, Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe - Sarasota ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Sarasota workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 30 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sarasota between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 5.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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