Choosing the perfect place to live can be a daunting task. But, if U. S. News and World Report is to be believed, one of the ideal spots may not be too far from Tampa Bay.
The publication recently listed its 150 best places to live in the United States, and Sarasota ranked number nine and is also recognized as the number one place to retire by U. News & World Report. Sarasota received a rating of 8.4 for convenience, and is also a place that has been attracting parents who want to raise their children in a competitive school system. Because of its attractiveness, quality of life and cost of living, Sarasota was named one of the best places to live in the country by U. News & World Report. The rankings are determined based on several factors developed by the media company: quality of life; labor market; desirability, which asks if people want to move to a place; net migration, which determines whether people are already moving somewhere, and value, which includes the cost of living.
Housing affordability and quality of life were also more important than ever this year in the rankings due to the voracity of the domestic housing market, according to U. S.Despite Sarasota's huge housing costs, it remained in the same place (ninth place) as last year. Orlando took the most painful step, with Fort Myers freefall just behind. At a summit last month, experts said more record heat, crippling humidity and more powerful hurricanes are expected in Florida for the next few years with continued warming patterns. The state, which is already home to the 10 hottest cities in the country, now has an average of 25 days of dangerous heat with a heat index of 105 degrees.
By 2050, there are expected to be 130 such days each year, more than in any other state, according to Climate Central. Last year, Florida was one of the most popular places in the nation, with new incoming residents who took it very seriously and headed south. But there are signs that the market may not continue to sizzle as much with the increasingly common price drops in homes for sale, according to real estate data. A series of controversial laws brought international attention to the state, including a government battle involving Disney World. New poll finds bipartisan majority of Americans uncomfortable with the latter and the implications of freedom of expression, says Forbes magazine. Some of that has led to jokes about the stigma of the Florida Man by comedians and late-night television shows. This may have been the first weekend in a long time where the state didn't play a big role on Saturday Night Live.
Florida's many miles of beaches and well-respected winters can help overcome that for northerners stuck in the snow in the cold months and who still see Florida as an alternative. Last month, Sarasota was also ranked by the magazine as No. 1 for retirees for the second year in a row. It is also the third fastest growing place in the country, according to the magazine. Sarasota also landed on two other US top 10 charts. UU.
News & World Report, ranking No. 8 for convenience and Redfin said communities are also seeing more popularity as retirement is rising in the U. According to the Redfin ranking, the Sarasota metropolitan area was the eighth most popular place where people wanted to move. In 1945, the government form of commission administrator for the city was adopted, which is governed by a commission of five people elected by popular vote, two of whom serve in the ceremonial positions of mayor and deputy mayor, elected by the commission each April. Sarasota's Popularity Adds To Rapid New Home Price Increases And Home Hunters Are Feeling The Heat, According To Redfin.