Although Sarasota experiences its fair share of rainfall, the city is full of plants and animals, both on land and in the water.
The population for this city in the Sunshine State is 55,118, according to the Census Bureau’s estimates for 2015. That is a 5.9 percent increase over 2010’s figures. If you are considering retiring to Sarasota, you are not alone. As much as 22.4 percent of the population is made up of seniors age 65 and over. Veterans number as many as 4,176 in the city. The population of females (51.4 percent) outnumbers males slightly more in Sarasota (50.8 percent) than in the rest of the country.
Of the population, 75.4 percent identified as white, 16.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 15.1 percent as black or African-American, 1.3 percent as Asian, and 0.4 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 2.3 percent of the population identify themselves as two or more races. 17.4 percent of Sarasota residents were born in another country and 21.7 percent speak another language other than English.
One of the great reasons to move to Florida for retirement is getting away from the cold weather and snow. The average temperature in Sarasota is 73 degrees. Even during the winter months of December, January, and February, the highest average temperature is 73 degrees with an average low of 52 degrees. The hotter months are July and August with temperatures averaging 90 degrees.
The average precipitation (rainfall) per year is 52.99 inches with the summer months receiving the bulk. As much as 9.13 inches of rainfall in August is the average.
Sarasota residents need to keep an eye out for hurricanes that can cause flooding as well as rip currents. If a hurricane is forecasted, stay tuned to local weather and emergency stations for an evacuation order. You may want to make a video of your possessions for insurance purposes in the event of flooding and hurricane damage.
In the event of a rip current risk, stay at least 100 feet from piers, jetties, and cliffs. If you do get caught in a rip current, try to remain calm and float or tread water until you can break free. The National Weather Service recommends swimming parallel to the shore until you can escape the current’s pull.
Sarasota is home to thousands of species of animals and plants. At the Sarasota Bay Estuary you can take a break and see more than 1,400 species of plants and animals native to Florida. You can observe seagrass, mangroves, salt marsh vegetation, marine algae and plankton, trees, palms, shrubs, cactus and succulents, herbs and vines, corals, amphibians, and reptiles. The estuary is also home to saltwater fish like sharks, stingrays, barracuda, king mackerel, red snapper, spotted trout, black sea bass, queen parrotfish, lined seahorse, and the spotted moray.
If you love to bird watch, you can see birds such as gulls, pelicans, osprey, storks, heron, ducks, hawks, black vultures, bald eagles, doves, cuckoos, wrens, and sparrows. Other animals such as dolphins, whales, manatees, and muskrats have made their home in Sarasota.
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