Yellow lifeguard tower on Siesta Key beach at sunset.


October 30, 2023

Tops in Florida, Sarasota ranks #5 in nation for best places to live

The annual U.S. News and World Report for 2023-24 tabbed Sarasota as the top place to live in the Sunshine State and fifth overall for the United States. With a 6.8 score out of a possible 10, Sarasota trailed only top-ranked Green Bay, Wis. followed by Huntsville, Ala.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Boulder, Colo.

Factors added to the ranking’s calculations this year include price parity, or the cost of goods and services to make them comparable from place to place; risk and resiliency regarding extreme weather and how temperate the climate is.