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Fast, Fun Facts About Living in the Sarasota Destination

Enjoy this quick-hitting guide to some of the many fun statistics and accolades Sarasota County earns worldwide

There are so many reasons to relocate to Sarasota County beyond just its beautiful beaches, friendly people and strong economic opportunities. We’ve collected some of the most fun and interesting facts, as well as recent, top-rated accolades, for a quick and easy reference.

Favorite Facts


  • Home to Florida’s #2 public school, Pine View School for the Gifted
  • A+ school rating
  • Average SAT scores exceed the national average
  • Home to four esteemed colleges and universities: Ringling College of Art & Design, New College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida


Famous Sarasotans

  • John and Mable Ringling
  • Bertha Palmer
  • Paul Reubens
  • Stephen King
  • Jerry Springer
  • Brian Johnson of AC/DC
  • Nick Wallenda
  • Dick Vitale