Sarasota's Accolades - Words about Sarasota
Sarasota County keeps popping up on the
shortlists of prestigious surveys choosing the best places to
work and live in America. Here are some praises the area has
- Travel Channel's "America's Best Beach 2003"
Here is what the Travel Channel had to say about Siesta
"Relaxing is easy on Siesta Key; sand soft and white
as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. But
be prepared — with so much to see and do, it's almost
impossible to lie idle on this island!
First ... the beach — as perfect as a stretch of sand
could be. Whether you curl your toes in it, run your fingers
through it or bask on it, the allure of Siesta Key sand
is contagious. Beach lovers flock to these silky shores
to take advantage of the wide expanse of sand and the tranquil
gulf waters. Siesta Key Beach is perfect for strolling,
shell collecting, or picking up more active pursuits like
renting a catamaran or kayak from one of the many beach
concessionaires. This perfect family vacation venue, which
boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds, is also home
to candlelit restaurants and cozy rental cottages —
ideal for a romantic getaway.
As the Florida sun sets, Siesta Key's nightlife kicks in.
Siesta Village is the island's bustling heart, filled with
bars, restaurants and shops. Sip a daiquiri, munch on conch
fritters or peruse the wares of local artisans — the
choice is yours. Siesta Key makes it easy to indulge in
the art of island living."
- Sarasota has been named in CityWatch magazine as one of
its annual Top 100 Cities in which to live. CityWatch regularly
analyzes cities across the country based on a number of
statistics and lists them in order of desirability. The
magazine's yearly ratings compilation issue came out on
stands December 23rd, 2002.
- Expansion Management magazine chose the Sarasota-Bradenton
area as the only community in Florida worthy of its Five
Star Community ranking. For executives at companies looking
to move or expand their businesses, Sarasota-Bradenton scored
high for its "Quality of Life Quotient," judging
crime levels, housing affordability and availability, education
levels, cost of living, employment opportunities, continuing
education opportunities and accessibility to air travel.
Sarasota schools also received a BLUE RIBBON, the highest
rating of any school system in the state.
- CNN/Money Magazine choose Sarasota as one of only eight
cities for the "Best Places to Retire" in their
May 10, 2002 issue. Here is what they said "Lots of
sun, activities, and culture. Florida retirement without
the "Old folks at home" feel". They went
on to say "It had the best of the Florida cliches:
warm weather, proximity to water, no state income tax and
tons of outdoor activities. Sarasota prides itself on its
cultural offerings. There's the opera, symphony, film society,
aquarium, classic-car museum and dozens of galleries --
an extraordinary amount of culture for such a small town.
There's even a permanent circus, as befits the memory of
the late Sarasotan John Ringling of Ringling Bros. fame.
(The Ringling Museum of Art, part of Florida State University,
is on his former estate.)"
- Sarasota made it into the Top 20 on Employment Review’s
"Top 20 Best Places to Live and Work" list, published
in June 2000, and again in 2001. The editorial staff looks
at more than 300 cities comparing population, unemployment
rates, cost of living and job opportunities for professionals
on the move.
- Entrepreneur magazine rated Sarasota-Bradenton the 6th
best medium-sized city in the U.S. for small business, and
the 8th best place in the south for entrepreneurs.
- Money magazine placed Sarasota schools in the Top 100
in the nation as well as naming the Sarasota-Bradenton area
as the 21st Best Place to Live in the U.S., and one of the
Top 20 Places to Retire.
- A New Business Opportunity Index developed by two professors
in the College of Business Administration at the University
of Texas at El Paso ranks Sarasota 7th among 316 metropolitan
areas in the U.S. for a variety of key conditions that positively
influence business climate.
Sarasota County’s Further Distinctions
- The Sarasota County region was ranked the number one market
in the south for expansions and relocations by Southern
Business & Development magazine.
- Money magazine included the Sarasota County School District
on the list of Top 100 Schools in the U.S.
- Entrepreneur magazine placed Sarasota as the 6th best
medium-sized city in the U.S.
- Entrepreneur magazine also named Sarasota as the 8th Best
City in the South (regardless of size).
- Sarasota County has been ranked among the country's best
employment generators by DRI/McGraw Hill and the University
- PC World and Money magazine named Sarasota as the 23rd
best place for telecommuting (working from home).
- Time magazine and Money magazine both named Sarasota’s
New College as the 2nd Best College Bargain in the Country.
New College outranked such schools as the University of
California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina,
- The U.S. Housing Markets "Hotness Index" has
ranked Sarasota 20th in the United States.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Sarasota/Bradenton
ranked 3rd in the nation in job growth.
- The Economist magazine ranked Sarasota 7th best for private
sector job growth.
- The Kiplinger letter reported a lifestyle study by management
consulting firm Runzheimer International, showing "upscale"
Sarasota 2% below the U.S. average cost.
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