Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the Gulf Coast of Florida state and is known for numerous aspects of its culture and environment that have proven popular with tourists and transplants from other states, such as its beaches and resorts.
According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Sarasota has a population of 54,842 and 25,209 households, with the city itself encompassing a total area of 24.08 square miles, which is comprised of 14.70 square miles of land and 9.39 square miles of water.
Sarasota has a tropical climate with warm winters typically devoid of snow and very hot summers where the heat index can often be pushed over 100 °F due to high humidity levels.
The median rent in Sarasota is currently $1,177, the median price of a single-family home is $491,913, and the median household income is $56,093, with 15.6 percent of the city’s population living below the line for poverty.
Sarasota has a municipal government that was originally incorporated in 1913, with the city also serving as the seat of Sarasota County itself.
The city has a “no lodging out-of-doors” ordinance that was adopted in August 2005, which prohibits sleeping on public property without prior permission.