Venice, Florida

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Venice, Florida
Shark Tooth Capital of the World[1]
"City on the Gulf"[2]
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°6′N 82°26′W / 27.100°N 82.433°W / 27.100; -82.433Coordinates: 27°6′N 82°26′W / 27.100°N 82.433°W / 27.100; -82.433
CountryUnited States
Horse and Chaise1800s
IncorporatedMay 9, 1927, by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
 • Total16.81 sq mi (43.5 km2)
 • Land15.44 sq mi (40.0 km2)
 • Water1.37 sq mi (3.5 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total22,465
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,455.46/sq mi (561.95/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34284, 34285, 34292, 34293
Area code(s)941
FIPS code12-73900[5]
GNIS feature ID0292749[6]

Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call "Venice Island", a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially created Intracoastal Waterway. The city is located south of Nokomis and north of Englewood. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,746.[7] It is noted for its large snowbird population and was voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living.[8]

Venice is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography and climate[edit]

Venice, Florida
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43.1 km2), of which 15.3 square miles (39.5 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), or 8.19%, is water.[7]

The climate of Venice is Humid Subtropical, bordering very closely on a Tropical Savanna climate and features pronounced wet and dry season.

Summers in Venice are very warm and humid with high temperatures typically reaching the lower 90s and falling to the upper 70s overnight, although temperatures on many summer nights fail to drop below 80. The reason for this narrow diurnal range results from a very high amount of atmospheric moisture, which translates to high relative humidity. This abundant moisture, in addition to moderating temperatures, also serves to contribute to the development of convective thunderstorms that commonly erupt during the mid-late afternoon. These popcorn variety thunderstorms are generally brief and not severe, but can bring heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning. These storms also lower the surface temperatures, often by 10 degrees or more, but simultaneously raise the relative humidity, thereby negating any comforting factor. This wet seasons typically begins in early June, and subsides in early-mid October.

Autumn in Venice is characterized by the ending of the wet season and the onset on the dry season. Beginning in October, temperatures decline very gradually along with the ceasing of the daily thunderstorms which typified the daily weather of the preceding summer. During this time, sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the 80s during the day to the comfortable 60s at night are the rule.

Winter in Venice is generally very mild when compared to the rest of the United States and Canada. A typical day will features sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 70s and overnight lows the low 50s. Occasionally, cold fronts originating from continental North America will reach the area. Although this air is greatly moderated in its descent down the Florida peninsula, it can still bring cool to occasionally cold air. These cold snaps are typically very short lived, but can cause overnight temperatures to drop as low as the upper 30s and daytime temperatures struggling to escape the 50s, with a brisk northerly wind. It is during these infrequent cold snaps that the area experiences very infrequent frost. Precipitation during the winter is scant and averages no greater than 2 inches per month, most of which is associated with frontal activity. The last time snow was seen was in 1989 and it didn't stick to ground.

Late Winter and Spring in Venice is very much like autumn up north with leaves falling from the oak trees beginning in late January thru early March. In mid-February, temperatures begin a gradual upward trend, with daily high temperatures above 80 dominating by early April. Like the preceding winter, conditions continue to by rather dry. This factor combined with the rise in temperatures, contributes to an elevated risk of wildfires. In a normal year, these dry conditions are brought to an end by the often abrupt onset of the wet season in early June.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201622,465[4]8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Caspersen Beach Park has hiking trails and a rocky beach

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 17,764 people, 9,680 households, and 5,362 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,948.8 inhabitants per square mile (752.1/km²). There were 13,516 housing units at an average density of 1,482.8 per square mile (572.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.14% White, 0.55% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 9,680 households out of which 7.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.25.

In the city, the population was spread out with 6.9% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 10.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 57.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,536, and the median income for a family was $46,898. Males had a median income of $35,271 versus $26,132 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,220. About 3.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual cultural events[edit]

Divers hunting shark teeth at Venice
Venice Avenue
The Venice Jetty

Venice has been listed in many publications as being the "Shark's Tooth Capital of the World".[11] It hosts the Shark's Tooth Festival every year to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark's teeth that can be found on its coastal shores.

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

The following structures and areas are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Theatre and music[edit]

  • Venice Theatre – The Venice Theatre is the largest per-capita community theater in the United States with an operating budget of almost three million dollars[12]
  • Venice Symphony


Venice's newspaper is the Venice Gondolier Sun. It is published twice each week, and has a circulation of 13,500 copies.[13][14]

Tampa Bay's Univision affiliate WVEA-TV is licensed to Venice, though it is based in Tampa and broadcasts from Riverview.



Venice is served by U.S. Highway 41, which runs north-south on the western side of Florida; Interstate 75 is a short distance east of Venice.

Passenger railroad service, served by the Seaboard Coast Line, last ran to the station in 1971, immediately prior to the Amtrak assumption of passenger rail operation.[15] Previously Venice was one of the Florida destinations of the Orange Blossom Special.[16]

Law enforcement[edit]

Venice is patrolled by the Venice Police Department, Tom Mattmuller is the current Chief of Police. The small department has special units for bike patrols, traffic patrols, and boat patrols, amongst the normal police services provided. There are a total of 47 sworn officers that protect the citizens of Venice. [17]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Authentic Florida: Venice, "Shark Tooth Capital of the World"". Visit Sarasota. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Official Website of City of Venice, Florida". Official Website of City of Venice, Florida. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Venice city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015". Coastal Living. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "NOWData – NOAA Online Weather Data". NOAA. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Profile for Venice, Florida, FL". ePodunk. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  12. ^ "Venice Theatre History | Venice Theatre". Venice Theatre. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "Venice Gondolier Sun". Venice Gondolier Sun. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  14. ^ "Venice Gondolier Sun". Mondo Times. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Bowen, Eric H. "The Orange Blossom Special – December, 1941 – Streamliner Schedules". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "City of Venice". Retrieved April 4, 2017.

External links[edit]

Official website