Sarasota: Ranked 1st City in Florida and 5th Best City in the United States

May 12, 2023
Bayfront Park Sarasota

Every year, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places to Live” ranking captures attention across the country. This year, Sarasota, Florida shines at the top, being ranked as the 1st city in the state and the 5th best city in the United States in this prestigious ranking.

Sarasota has climbed the ranks to become Florida’s most sought-after destination in terms of quality of life. In the 2023-2024 edition of the ranking, Sarasota is placed 5th among the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the country. This recognition hasn’t gone unnoticed, confirming Sarasota’s charm and allure.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking is based on an evaluation of several criteria. In addition to property value, desirability, job market, and quality of life, the ranking now takes into account other factors (average temperature and establishment-to-population ratio), providing a more comprehensive insight into the city’s comfort of living. Furthermore, the value index now encompasses the level of consumer goods prices, offering a more accurate perspective on the cost of living.

Sarasota is a true gem on Florida’s west coast. With its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and year-round mild climate, Sarasota offers a stunning natural setting. The city’s dynamic cultural scene is another major asset, with museums, festivals, and theaters.

In addition to its natural and cultural charm, Sarasota is also a hub of flourishing economic opportunities. The city offers excellent professional options, particularly in fields like healthcare, education, tourism, and professional services. This economic dynamism attracts a diverse workforce and ambitious entrepreneurs, contributing to the flourishing of the local community.

Sarasota now stands at the top of the ranking as the 1st city in Florida and the 5th best city in the United States to live in. This recognition reflects the unique character of Sarasota, offering a perfect balance of natural beauty, a vibrant cultural scene, and flourishing economic opportunities. Whether you’re seeking stunning beaches or an exceptional living environment, Sarasota has it all to offer.