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Sarasota Accolades - Best of Sarasota Living

Consistently recognized for its amazing quality of life, stunning beaches and unsurpassed way of life, Sarasota's list of accolades is long.

Recent Sarasota Accolades

2017 Happiest Cities in America

2017 Number 1 Beach - Siesta Key

2017 Top Location for Entrepreneurs

2017 Top 10 Best Places to Retire


2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live

2015 & 2016 Top 10 Best Places to Retire

2015 Longboat Key Recognized Top 10 Best Islands by Conde Nast Traveler's Choice Awards

2015 Happiest City in America

More Sarasota Accolades

Newsweek names Pine View School in Sarasota #15 in "America’s Best High Schools." 2012
American Style Magazine names Sarasota the No. 1 on this year's annual list of the "25 Best Arts Destinations." 2012
CNBC Ranks Sarasota and Longboat Key as one of the "Best Places to Retire." 2012
International Property Journal ranks Sarasota as the "Best Place to Buy a Second Home" in the Western World. 2012
Sarasota Ranked in the "Top Ten Turn Around Towns for Real Estate" in the US. 2011
Siesta Key Beach Ranked "#1 Beach in America" by Dr. Beach. 2011
Barbara Corcoran named Sarasota the Best Place in the United States to Buy a Home Under $300,000. 2011

GlobalEdge named Sarasota as the "Best Place to Buy Real Estate" in the Western World.
Siesta Key Beach was named the "#2 Beach" in the United States by Dr Beach. 2010

Excellent Educational Opportunities

  • Forbes Magazine named Sarasota the 44th "Best Place to Live and Do Business" out of the largest 150 U.S. Metro Areas (2003).
  • Expansion Management Magazine has rated Sarasota a four star community, one of only two to achieve this rank in all of Florida (2003).
  • Business Development Outlook Magazine has selected Sarasota as one of the "25 Choice Cities " - the most desirable cities into which a business can relocate or expand for 2001-2002. (November/December, 2001).
  • Sarasota was ranked "37th Best Place for Business and Careers" out of 200 metro areas nationwide by Forbes Magazine. (May, 2001).
  • Forbes Magazine named Sarasota the "47th Best Place for Business and Careers" out of the top 200 U.S. Metro areas.
  • Employment Review and BestJobsUSA has selected Sarasota as the "Best Place in Florida to Live and Work" and the "3rd Best Place in the Nation to Live and Work." (June, 2001)
  • Employment Review and BestJobsUSA's 2000 Annual Report named Sarasota the "Number 1 Best Place to Live and Work in the United States." (USA Today, April, 2000)
  • For the third straight year, Expansion Management Magazine has chosen the Sarasota-Bradenton area as a "Five-star Community on their Quality of Life quotient - Best Places to Live and Work." (May, 2001)
  • BizMiner Business Vitality Review ranked the Sarasota/Bradenton metro area as the "3rd Best Second-Tier Metropolitan City for Business Relocations Nationwide." It is ranked 1st in Florida. (May, 2001)
  • Sarasota/Bradenton MSA received 5 stars (the highest rating) by www.bizjournals.com. (September, 2000)
  • BizMiner Business Vitality Review ranked Sarasota-Bradenton MSA "3rd on their Small Metro Business Migration Index." (December, 2000)
  • Expansion Management awarded Sarasota County's School District a GOLD MEDAL. The GOLD MEDAL is the highest level of achievement awarded to a school district by the magazine, and Sarasota was the only district in Florida to receive the honor in 2000. (November, 2000)

One of the Best Places To Live
  • Inc. Magazine saw Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice ranked No. 8 on a list of 292 “boomtowns.” (2007)
  • Inc. Magazine ranked Sarasota No. 3 among mid-size cities. (2007)
  • Forbes’ list of the top 100 cities for jobs, places the Sarasota-Bradenton area at 11th place, or the third best in Florida. (2007)
  • Sarasota and Bradenton were ranked among the Top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Relocate-America.com. (2007)
  • Relocate-America.com’s list of the Top 25 places to live to go to school ranked Sarasota No. 8. (2007)
  • Sarasota ranked No. 14 in Milken Institute/Greenstreet Partners “Best Performing Cities Index.” (2007)
  • Money Magazine named Sarasota-Bradenton as the top place to retire young. (April 2007)
  • Bizjournal named Sarasota the second-best place to start a small business. (April 2007)
  • Forbes.com / Milken Institute has ranked the Sarasota-Bradenton area as the 39th "Best Place to Live" out of 294 U.S. metro areas. (2002).
  • Money Magazine named Sarasota one of the nation's "Best Places to Live" ranking the community seventh on a list led by New York City. (December, 2001)
  • Money Magazine named Sarasota the "Best Small City in the United States." (December, 2000)
  • Named one of the "Top 25 Terrific Places to Bring Up a Family" by Mothering Magazine (July-August 2001).
  • Modern Maturity named Sarasota as the "3rd Best Big City in Which to Retire." (May-June, 2000)
  • Expansion Management named Sarasota-Bradenton as one of their "Five-Star Communities for Quality of Life." There were only 50 communities nationwide awarded the five-star designation, the highest in this rating category. (November, 2000)
  • Expansion Management named Sarasota the "6th Best Metropolitan Area for Standard of Living" in the Country. (November, 2000)
  • Money Magazine named Sarasota as the "21st Best Place to Live in the United States."
  • Money Magazine ranked Sarasota as one of the "Top 20 Places to Retire."
  • Entrepreneur Magazine placed Sarasota as the "6th Best Medium-sized City in the United States." It also named Sarasota as the "8th Best City in the South" (regardless of size).
  • The U.S. Housing Market has ranked Sarasota "20th in the United States for its Hotness Index."
  • Venice was named one of the top 10 small towns in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine in April 2001.
  • Venice was honored with the Accessible America Award in 2002. The award was presented by the National Organization on Disability on May 14, 2002. Venice competed against nine other finalist cities: Berkeley, California; Bloomington, Indiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Eugene, Oregon; Houston, Texas; Irvine, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Top-Quality Health Care

Sarasota Memorial Hospital won the "Sterling Award" in 2001. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is one of two organizations that have won the 2001 Governor's Sterling Award for organizational excellence. The hospital also won the award of "Role Model for Performance Excellence."