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Sarasota Named Best Place to Retire

Posted by John Allen on Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 11:06am.

Once again, Sarasota, Florida earns top honors. Last week Sarasota was named Best Place to Retire in the Country by the website

Several other Florida cities made the Top Ten list including, Naples No. 3, St. Augustine No. 7 and Fort Myers No. 8. and Venice at No. 9. This year Sarasota gets another top spot!

2012 Best Places to Retire

  1. Sarasota, Florida
  2. San Antonio, Texas
  3. Naples, Florida
  4. Tucson, Arizona
  5. Asheville, North Carolina
  6. Beaufort, South Carolina
  7. St. Augustine, Florida
  8. Ft. Myers, Florida
  9. Venice, Florida
  10. Prescott, Arizona

Sarasota’s beaches, affordable housing, shopping amenities such as St. Armands Circle were all reasons our city made the list.  Florida also has no state income which was a factor listed by the website.

Founder of, John Brady pointed out that “the best cities and towns in America have good weather, access to healthcare, low property taxes,  and a certain “wow” factor. Sarasota certainly has those qualities. Just ask our residents who enjoy  Sarasota’s warm climate, beautiful white sandy beaches and outstanding cultural venues which include the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra  and the Sarasota Ballet. In addition, Sarasota offers an outstanding selection of shopping options as well as a fine group of restaurants, cafes and bistros. There is plenty to do in Sarasota for every lifestyle.

Real estate in Sarasota is now very affordable with a median price home at $130,000. 

1 Response to "Sarasota Named Best Place to Retire"

Carmen Brodeur wrote: Congrats to Sarasota. It is well deserved.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 11:02pm.

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