Stacker news magazine compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Florida. They used data from Niche which ranks counties based on a variety of factors. These include cost of living, availability of healthcare, best recreational activities and weather.

Sarasota County takes the #1 position, with Manatee and Pinellas County making it within the top 10 as well.

#1 Sarasota County

– Population: 419,496
– Median home value: $251,600 (75% own)
– Median rent: $1,277 (25% rent)
– Median household income: $62,236
– Top places to live: South Sarasota (A+), Osprey (A), Siesta Key (A)

Sarasota County is located in Southwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. This coast in know for beautiful beaches such as Siesta Key which in 2020 was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 11 in the world. Sarasota’s largest city is North Port with an estimated population of 68,628 in 2018. The county belongs to the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metropolitan Area.


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