CNN/Money Magazine chose Sarasota as America's “Best ‘Small’ City.”
Located on the southwestern coast of the state of Florida, the city of Sarasota includes Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf include Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. Sarasota is home to just under 60,000 people.
High-paying Jobs Abound in Sarasota
Jobs in real estate development and tourism/recreation currently dominate the Sarasota County economy. Health care and retirement services also are major employment sectors, while manufacturing, technology and financial service jobs continue to diversify the local economy.
The vibrant recreational and cultural scene offers big-city amenities with a small-town way of life.
For its size, Sarasota offers superior cultural attractions – the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and many other musical, dance, artistic, and theatrical venues. Since 1998, the city has hosted the annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of Florida's largest and best attended film festivals.
The Greatest Art Collection on Earth?
Sarasota is home to the famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. It was built by John Ringling of circus fame to house his personal art collection, and it was bequeathed to the State of Florida upon his death, along with the Ringling's personal mansion and circus museum. It houses one of the largest Baroque art collections in the world, and also features rare European antiquities, a considerable Asian art collection and special exhibitions.
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