Sarasota County is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa and includes 725 square miles, of which 556 square miles is land and 169 square miles is water. With more than 35 miles of Gulf beaches, most residents are within a 15 minute drive to the most spectacular white sand beaches in the world. The average year-round temperature is a pleasant 72 degrees; averaging a high of 71 degrees in January and a high of 91 degrees in August. The average annual rainfall is 53 inches. The county is home to approximately 400,000 residents with a median age of 52 years.
The city of Sarasota is at the northern end of the county and North Port and Englewood are at the southern end. Other communities in Sarasota County are Osprey, North Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, and the barrier islands of Longboat Key, St. Armands Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key. Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway form the county’s western edge. The county is home to many lakes, rivers, preserves and parks.