Siesta Key, Florida

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Siesta Key, Florida
Census-designated place
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.55250°W / 27.27528; -82.55250Coordinates: 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.55250°W / 27.27528; -82.55250
Country United States
State Florida
County Sarasota
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (9.0 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,565
 • Density 2,775/sq mi (1,071.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34242
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-66000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1802950[2]

Siesta Key is a barrier island off the southwestern coast of Florida in the United States. It is situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sarasota County. After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and the bay, the key was originally named "Sarasota Key" by European cartographers during exploration beginning in 1513. That name can be seen on maps from the early 18th century as well as on all local maps drawn before the name change to "Siesta Key" in the 1920s. The population was 6,565 at the 2010 census.[3]

Siesta Key is part of the BradentonSarasotaVenice Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Siesta Beach[edit]

Siesta Beach is one of the great landmarks of Sarasota. Known for its miles of white sands, Siesta Beach has been recognized for many awards including #1 U.S. Beach from TripAdvisor in 2015. Siesta Beach hosts around 350,000 tourists every year.

Crescent Beach[edit]

Crescent Beach is located on the southern end of Siesta Beach. Crescent Beach has the same pure, white sand that is at Siesta. There are a couple of beach accesses at this location.

Turtle Beach[edit]

Turtle Beach is known for the large number of turtles that nest on the shore. It has roughly 2,600 feet of beach front that is accessible to the public as well as camping, picnic areas, and a play area for kids. It is located on the southern end of Siesta Key.


Siesta Key is located at 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.55250°W / 27.27528; -82.55250 (27.275150, -82.552631).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2), or 32.08%, is water.[3] It contains a suburban residential area located on the Siesta Key barrier island on the West coast of Florida, just west of the town of Sarasota. The community on Siesta Key consists of single family homes, condominiums, retail shops and art galleries.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 4,460
1980 7,010 57.2%
1990 7,772 10.9%
2000 7,150 −8.0%
2010 6,565 −8.2%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,150 people, 3,783 households, and 2,273 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,120.1 people per square mile (1,205.5/km²). There were 7,885 housing units at an average density of 3,440.9/sq mi (1,329.4/km²). There were 3,783 households out of which 9.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.89 and the average family size was 2.34.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 9.0% under the age of 18, 1.8% from 18 to 24, 15.6% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 39.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $66,397, and the median income for a family was $81,345. Males had a median income of $55,240 versus $32,263 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $53,290. About 3.0% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]


  • Explore Sarasota and Vicinity, Kenneth F. Tricebock, copyright 1988

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