City Information of Sarasota, Florida, USA
Sarasota, Florida, is a county seat of Sarasota County that is located on the southwest coast of Florida that is known for its cultural amenities, beaches, natural resorts, and the well-known Sarasota School of Architecture. The city is located north of Punta Gorda Fort Myers and includes Sarasota Bay and some other islands lying near the Gulf of Mexico as well.
By 2013, the population of the city has reached 53,326 people. The population density is believed to be 3,541.4 inhabitants per square mile.
The city is located in proximity to the islands that are separating Sarasota Bay and are known as ‘keys': Siesta Kay and Lido Ley. Those islands are also known for the quality of their sandy beaches. The keys lying within the borders of the city are Otter Key, Coon Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, and some of Siesta Key.
The city was enormously extended after the real estate rush reaching the total area of 180 square kilometers. However, the boundaries started shrinking again in 1926 when the speculation boom took place. Now the overall area of the city is 65.31 square kilometers, 38.02 square kilometers are covered by land, and 27.28 square kilometers are covered by water respectively.
The economy of the city is primarily based on the tourism; thus, the leading employers located in the town conclude Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, APAC Customer Services, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, L-3 Aviation Recorders, The Zenith, and Capgemini.
Public education of the city is provided by the Sarasota County Public Schools school district. The elementary schools available in Sarasota are Alta Vista Elementary, Ashton Elementary, Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, Brentwood Elementary, Emma E. Booker Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, Gocio Elementary, Gulf Gate Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Laurel Nokomis School, Phillippi Shores Elementary, Southside Elementary, Tatum Ridge Elementary, Tuttle Elementary, and Wilkinson Elementary.
Middle schools located in the city are Laurel Nokomis, Booker Middle, Brookside Middle, McIntosh Middle, and Sarasota Middle.
High schools available include Riverview High, Sarasota High, Suncoast Polytechnical High School, Booker High, Sarasota Military Academy, and Oak Park School.
Moreover, Sarasota is home to the New College of Florida, Keiser University of Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, Eckerd College, Florida State University College of Medicine, and many more.