Sarasota metropolitan area
Sarasota metropolitan area
|Largest city||North Port|
|• Total||1,295.8 sq mi (3,356 km2)|
|• Rank||72nd in the U.S.|
|• Density||542.0/sq mi (209.3/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 ( Eastern Standard Time)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC−04:00 ( Eastern Daylight Time)|
The Sarasota metropolitan area is a metropolitan area located in Southwest Florida. The metropolitan area is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area as a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) consisting of Manatee County and Sarasota County.  The largest cities in the MSA are North Port and Sarasota (both in Sarasota County) and Bradenton (in Manatee County). At the 2010 Census, the MSA had a population of 702,281. The Census Bureau estimates that its population was 836,995 in 2019. 
Additionally, the federal government defines the North Port–Sarasota combined statistical area as a combined statistical area (CSA) consisting of the combination of the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton MSA, the Punta Gorda, Florida MSA ( Charlotte County), and the Arcadia, Florida, micropolitan statistical area ( DeSoto County). At the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 897,121. The Census Bureau estimates that its population was 1,044,060 in 2018. 
The Sarasota standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA) was first defined in 1973, and included only Sarasota County. The Bradenton SMSA was defined after the 1980 United States Census, and included only Manatee County. The two MSAs were combined in 1993 as the Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area. Venice was added as a principal city after the 2000 census. In 2007, the MSA was renamed the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice MSA because Bradenton's population then exceeded that of Sarasota.  In 2009, the area was designated the North Port–Bradenton–Sarasota MSA after North Port qualified as a "principal city" under the metropolitan statistical area definition and was determined to be the largest of the area's three principal cities.  As of 2013, the MSA is named the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area. 
The North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton MSA is a component of the larger North Port–Sarasota combined statistical area, which also includes the Punta Gorda, Florida, MSA and the Arcadia, Florida, micropolitan statistical area. 
2010 census, the MSA had a population of 702,281,
a 19% increase over the 2000 census population of 589,959. 
(2010 to 2019)
(2010 to 2019)
|Metropolitan statistical area [a]||702,281||836,995||+19.18%|
|Combined statistical area [b]||897,121||1,063,906||+18.59%|
- Population of Sarasota County and Manatee County combined.
- Population of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties combined.
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2017)
|8||Gulf Gate Estates||Sarasota||10,911||10,650|
|19||Warm Mineral Springs||Sarasota||5,061||5,305|
|29||Ridge Wood Heights||Manatee||4,795||3,878|
The Sarasota metropolitan area, like most of Florida, is located in the humid subtropical zone ( Köppen climate classification:Cfa).  There are hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and relatively drier and mild winters.
- State Road 37
- State Road 62
- State Road 64
- State Road 70
- State Road 72
- State Road 681
- State Road 684
- State Road 758
- State Road 776
- State Road 780
- State Road 789
Both Sarasota and Manatee counties have their own transit networks, SCAT and MCAT, which runs bus services in the area.   Amtrak does operate a Thruway Route going through the area starting in St.Petersburg- Clearwater and ending in Fort Myers, with Sarasota and Ellenton operating as stops along the route. 
- Anna Maria Island Sun 
- Bradenton Herald
- Business Observer, a business newspaper that is published in Sarasota, but serves several other regions of Florida. 
- East County Observer 
- Longboat Observer
- The Bradenton Times, an online newspaper. 
- The Islander 
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Siesta Key Observer
- Sarasota Observer
- Tempo News 
- Venice Gondolier Sun 
- WDIZ (AM)
- WRUB (FM)
- WSMR (FM)
- WSRQ (AM)
- WWPR (AM)
The following college/university campuses exist in the metropolitan area.
- Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
- East West College of Natural Medicine
- Everglades University
- Florida State University College of Medicine
- Keiser University
- Ringling College of Art and Design
- New College of Florida
- State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee
- USF Sarasota-Manatee
- Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
- Florida Maritime Museum
- Florida Railroad Museum
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Palmetto Historical Park
- Sarasota Classic Car Museum
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- Amtrak, Travel Planning Map. "Travel Planning Map| Amtrak". Amtrak.com.
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- Newspapers, Sun. "Venice Gondolier Sun". Sun Newspapers. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
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- Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area definitions