Retire in Sarasota


Find out how much it costs to live in Sarasota.

Cost of Living

Trying to keep your retirement income in your pocket instead of Uncle Sam’s? If that’s your goal, Florida could not be better. Rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the most Tax Friendly states in the country, Florida has no income tax, no social security tax, and no taxes on any other retirement income. With a Cost of Living Index just slightly above the US average, Sarasota itself is a very affordable location.

Kiplinger Rating:

Most Tax Friendly

State Income Tax:


Social Security Tax?


County + State Sales Tax


Property Tax Rate *


Property Tax Ranking (County Property Tax rank out of 2,773, higher rank=lower rate) *


* 2008-2010

Cost of Living Index (100=average):


Housing + transportation costs as % of income:


Tax Details

State Sales Tax Breaks for Seniors:


Pensions Taxed?


Tax burden: % income going to state and local taxes:


Inheritance and estate taxes (per Kiplinger):


Taxing of other retirement income (per Kiplinger):


Property Tax Break for Seniors (per Kiplinger):

Florida residents ages 65 and older who meet certain income limits can receive an extra homestead exemption of up to $50,000 from some city and county governments and/or an exemption equal to the assessed value of the property, as long as the real estate has a fair market value of less than $250,000, the homeowner has maintained permanent residence at the location for at least 25 years, and household income does not exceed $27,994 during 2014.


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Real Estate

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Work Potential

Not quite ready to hang up the ties for good, but also trying to avoid working full time? Sarasota offers a large percent of part-time jobs (over 65% of all work) and boasts an incredibly low unemployment rate of 0.6% for retirees. The retail sector is hiring at a rapid pace, but if that's not your cup of tea, there's plenty of hiring in manufacturing-just look at the area's biggest employer, PGT Industries.

  • Area
  • National Average

5 Largest Companies

  • PGT Industries
  • Publix
  • Venice Regional Medical Center
  • FCCI Insurance
  • Sun Hydraulics Corp.

GDP Growth Last 3 Years


Income Growth Last 3 Years


Employment Growth Last 3 Years


Top Industries Hiring

  • Retail Trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Administrative and waste management services
  • Finance and insurance

Breakdown Fulltime vs Part Time over 65 (%)

  • Part Time over 65
  • Full Time Over 65

Occupation Breakdown (%)

  • Management, Business, Science & Arts (MBSA)
  • Natural Resources, Contruction & Maintenance (NRCM)
  • Production, Transportation, Materials & Moving (PTMM)
  • Sales & Office (S&O)
  • Service

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