1. Top 10 Cities to Live – City of Sarasota
In December 2013, the city of Sarasota was noted as a top ten small city in America. Movoto ranked small cities based off criteria such as nightlife, music, and youthful communities. The study reported while Sarasota may be lacking in young adults 20 to 34, it has plenty of nightlife and great eateries.
2. Playful City USA – North Port
North Port was named a Playful City USA for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes communities making a commitment to play and physical activity. North Port is home to 26 parks, with recreational facilities spreading over about 400 acres of land.
3. Great Waterfronts to Visit Across North America – Sarasota County
USA Today recognized Sarasota County’s waterfront for its miles of white-sand beaches lining its barrier islands. Bayfront Park and the marina were also mentioned as a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking and canoeing.
4. Best Small Cities For Art Lovers – City of Sarasota
Sarasota was named a top small city for art lovers by TravelNerd. The city was recognized for its art walks, collections, museums and events.
5, 6, 7 … Siesta Key Public Beach, Still #Winning
Siesta Key beach wasn’t the #1 beach in America in 2013 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman. Since it received that award 2011, it has since been eliminated from the running. However, the white-quartz sands did receive a 2013 Travelers Choice Beaches Award by Trip Advisor, a Top Family Beach award by Family Vacation Critic, and a Top 10 Family Beach award by National Graphic Traveler. Speaking of Sarasota County beaches …
8. Best Beaches To Visit Before Summer Ends – Caspersen Beach
Venice, Florida, got some summer love by MSN Living. Caspersen Beach was recognized as a beach to visit before summer ends. The town was noted as an idyllic, laid-back, bike-friendly seaside town. It was also noted for the numerous shark’s teeth to be found at Caspersen.
9. Runner Friendly Community
Road Runners Club of America recognized Sarasota County as a runner friendly community in 2013. It was one of only four communities recognized by the club in 2013. Sarasota has hundreds of miles of travels and pavement for runners to traverse.
10. One of The World’s Top Chalk Festivals – Sarasota Chalk Festival
Recognized by CNN, the Sarasota Chalk Festival is one of the best in the world. The article noted the chalk festival’s “Going Vertical” features, as well as its 3-D chalk artists.
11. Best Small Cities To Move To – North Port
North Port was also noted as a great small city to move to by Movoto, based on cost of living, crime, median household income, unemployment rate, median home price, and homes for sale per capita.
12. Best Medium-Sized City For Women In The Workforce
Earlier this year NerdWallet designated the North Port, Bradenton, Sarasota area as a top ten medium-sized city for women in the workforce. The ranking was based on a criteria of median earnings for female full-time, year-round workers, women’s earning as a percentage of men’s earning, and population growth.
13. Top 5 Best Cities For Doctors – North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota
The North Port, Bradenton, and Sarasota area topped ValuePenguin’s list as the best city for doctors. Those practicing in the area make average about $228,190 annually.
14. 10 Best U.S. Cities To Retire In – Sarasota, Venice
Both Sarasota and Venice made the list for top cities to retire in. Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch noted the area’s cultural facilities, parks, public tennis courts and beaches.
15. Best Places To Play Tennis – The Resort at Longboat Key Club
The Resort at Longboat Key Club holds a 500-seat tennis stadium that hosts the Sarasota Open, at such a time can be expanded to seat 2,500. It’s amenities include lighted courts for night play, private lessons and daily clinics.
16. Dynamic locales for walkable living
Sarasota County was recognized in the national publication “Where to Retire” as a top destination for walkable living. It was one of eight locations to receive this designation.
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