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County Listing for: Sarasota County Florida


Facts for: Sarasota County Florida
Sarasota County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 325,957. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 366,256 [1]. Its county seat is Sarasota, Florida.6 Sarasota County was created in 1921. The origin of the name is unknown. It may be named for a word in the indigenous Calusa language, whose meaning may be "point of rocks" or "Place of the Dance." Some believe it was named after the daughter of famous explorer Hernando de Soto's daughter Sara. According the the Florida League of Cities [2], the name first appeared in print as "Zarazote" on a 1763 land grant map. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 725 square miles (1,878 km²), of which, 572 square miles (1,480 km²) of it is land and 154 square miles (398 km²) of it (21.19%) is water. Sarasota County is part of the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the census² of 2000, there were 325,957 people, 149,937 households, and 94,460 families residing in the county. The population density was 570 people per square mile (220/km²). There were 182,467 housing units at an average density of 319 per square mile (123/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.65% White, 4.18% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 4.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 89.7% spoke English, 4.4% Spanish, 1.3% German and 1.0% French as their first language. Census Estimates for 2005 show the county population as being 87.5% non-Hispanic whites, 6.3% Latinos, 4.5% African-American and 1.1% Asian.(source=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12115.html) In 2000 there were 149,957 households out of which 18.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.00% were non-families. 30.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.61. In the county the population was spread out with 16.20% under the age of 18, 5.00% from 18 to 24, 21.70% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 31.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 90.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $41,957, and the median income for a family was $50,111. Males had a median income of $32,114 versus $25,721 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,326. About 5.10% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.


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