Sarasota metropolitan area
Sarasota metropolitan area
|Core city and largest metropolitan area||Sarasota|
|Largest city||North Port|
|• Total||1,295.8 sq mi (3,356 km2)|
|• Rank||71st in the U.S.|
|• Density||542.0/sq mi (209.3/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|Telephone numbering plan||239, 863, 941|
The Sarasota metropolitan area is a metropolitan area located in Southwest Florida. The metropolitan area is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area as a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) consisting of Manatee County and Sarasota County. The largest cities in the MSA are North Port and Sarasota (both in Sarasota County) and Bradenton (in Manatee County). At the 2020 census, the MSA had a population of 833,716.
The federal government defines the North Port–Sarasota combined statistical area as a combined statistical area (CSA) consisting of the combination of the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton MSA, the Punta Gorda, Florida MSA (Charlotte County), and the Arcadia, Florida, micropolitan statistical area (DeSoto County). At the 2020 census, the CSA had a population of 1,054,539.
History of the metropolitan area designations
The Sarasota standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA) was first defined in 1973, and included only Sarasota County. The Bradenton SMSA was defined after the 1980 United States census, and included only Manatee County. The two MSAs were combined in 1993 as the Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area. Venice was added as a principal city after the 2000 census. In 2007, the MSA was renamed the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice MSA because Bradenton's population then exceeded that of Sarasota. In 2009, the area was designated the North Port–Bradenton–Sarasota MSA after North Port qualified as a "principal city" under the metropolitan statistical area definition and was determined to be the largest of the area's three principal cities. As of 2013, the MSA was renamed to its current name: North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area.
The North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton MSA is a component of the larger North Port–Sarasota combined statistical area (CSA), which also includes the Punta Gorda, Florida MSA, and the Arcadia, Florida, micropolitan statistical area (μSA).
(2010 to 2020)
|Metropolitan statistical area[a]||702,281||833,716||+18.72%|
|Combined statistical area[b]||897,121||1,054,539||+17.55%|
- Population of Sarasota County and Manatee County combined.
- Population of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties combined.
(2010 to 2020)
Other cities and towns
(2010 to 2020)
Census designated places
(2010 to 2017)
|8||Gulf Gate Estates||Sarasota||10,911||10,650|
|19||Warm Mineral Springs||Sarasota||5,061||5,305|
|29||Ridge Wood Heights||Manatee||4,795||3,878|
The Sarasota metropolitan area, like most of Florida, is located in the humid subtropical zone (Köppen climate classification: Cfa), closely bordering on a tropical climate like Southern Florida. There are hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and relatively drier and mild winters.
- State Road 37
- State Road 62
- State Road 64
- State Road 70
- State Road 72
- State Road 681
- State Road 684
- State Road 758
- State Road 776
- State Road 777
- State Road 780
- State Road 789
- List of county roads in Charlotte County, Florida
- List of county roads in DeSoto County, Florida
- List of county roads in Manatee County, Florida
- List of county roads in Sarasota County, Florida
Both Sarasota and Manatee counties have their own transit networks, SCAT and MCAT, which runs bus services in the area. Amtrak does operate a Thruway Route going through the area starting in St. Petersburg-Clearwater and ending in Fort Myers, with Sarasota and Ellenton operating as stops along the route.
- Anna Maria Island Sun
- Bradenton Herald
- Business Observer, a business newspaper that is published in Sarasota, but serves several other regions of Florida.
- East County Observer
- Longboat Observer
- The Bradenton Times, an online newspaper.
- The Islander
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Siesta Key Observer
- Sarasota Observer
- Tempo News
- Venice Gondolier Sun
- WDIZ (AM)
- WRUB (FM)
- WSMR (FM)
- WSRQ (AM)
- WWPR (AM)
Colleges and universities
The following college/university campuses exist in the metropolitan area.
- Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
- East West College of Natural Medicine
- Everglades University
- Florida State University College of Medicine
- Keiser University
- Ringling College of Art and Design
- New College of Florida
- State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee
- USF Sarasota-Manatee
Recreation and culture
- Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
- Florida Maritime Museum
- Florida Railroad Museum
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Palmetto Historical Park
- Sarasota Classic Car Museum
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- Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area definitions