Sarasota, A Boomer’s Paradise

August 10, 2007

siesta-key-real-estate-buyers3.jpgsiesta-key-real-estate-buyers3.jpgSarasota, with its vibrant cultural offerings, world famous beaches and numerous golf courses has long been attractive to retirees. It is no surprise that AARP named Sarasota number 4 on its list of “The 15 Best Place to Reinvent Your Life.” In recent years, however the median age has be declining as many younger people have been attracted to the area because of the high quality of life and strong job markets. Sarasota County, which includes the city of Venice and parts of North Port ranks number 7 on the list of Top 10 U.S. counties with the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older. In 2000, census data placed Sarasota in the number 5 spot. It is expected that Sarasota’s influx of younger people will soon be out paced by aging boomers in the next few years. Currently 29.4% of Sarasota county’s population is 65 years or older. Nationally the percentage of people 65 years or older is 12.4% and in Florida the number is 16.8%

Top 10 U.S. Counties by percentage of persons over 65.

  1. Charlotte County 31.2%
  2. Highlands County 31%
  3. Lancaster County, VA 30.4%
  4. LaPaz County, AZ 30.3%
  5. Citrus County, FL 30.1%
  6. Llano County, TX 29.6%
  7. Sarasota County, FL 29.4%
  8. Sierra County, NM 28.1%
  9. Alcona County, MI 27.9%
  10. Northumberland County, VA 27.8%

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