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Nix the hustle and bustle of larger cities for a region with a small-town collaborative feel and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The cost of everyday living items in Sarasota-Manatee FL are lower than in most major metropolitans and the career opportunities are plentiful with some of the top-rated schools in Florida making the region an ideal place to live for families. Looking for fun? Let’s just say, as the home of the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum, how could Sarasota-Manatee not be an entertaining region to live in. Sarasota-Manatee FL is also well-connected to everything regionally, including the city of Tampa just an hour’s drive to the north.

As a place for families with plenty of exciting amenities and strong economic growth in cities like Bradenton, Venice and North Point, you’ll appreciate life here for years to come.

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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 […]
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Florida is the best place for entrepreneurs

With resources like the SBDC at USF, the Manasota SCORE chapter and CareerSource Suncoast’s CEO Program, the Suncoast is known for birthing new entrepreneurs. A recent survey confirmed that Florida is the best state for entrepreneurship. The Digital Project Manager looked at eight factors before awarding the state of Florida its highest score at 65.12. […]
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Sarasota earns Neighborly accolades

Neighbor ranked Sarasota as the No. 4 most neighborly city of 2023. Sarasota was the lone Florida city recognized in the top 25 list, which was determined by factors such as planting roots and embracing community events. “Recognizing America’s ‘Most Neighborly Cities’ is not just a celebratory act, but a call for unity and hope,” […]
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Ringling College among top film schools

Ringling College is ranked 20th among the top 25 institutions in the Hollywood Reporter’s rankings of top film schools. The ranking is up three places from last year. “The small class sizes are a draw for the program, which enrolls between 30 and 40 kids a semester,” wrote the Hollywood Reporter. “Even with its small […]
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