We always love articles that support our love for Sarasota. Fortunately, Sarasota is often voted the "Best" for several categories - beaches, retirement locations, small town etc. There seems to be two groups of people who have opposing views for articles like this. Those who love this kind of attention and welcome more people to the area and those who hate it because it brings more people to the area. Regardless, of what group belong it, this article is worth a read. I pasted the article " This Sunny City Is the Best Place to Retire in America" below.
If spending your retirement in a warm and sunny locale sounds good to you—and if you’re planning ahead for those days of leisure—you’ll be interested to know that a city in the Sunshine State was just named the best place to retire in America. In fact, in the recently released U.S. News and World Report’s 2020-2021 list of “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.,” Florida metro areas took 13 of the top 25 rankings.
Sarasota’s beaches, parks, cultural attractions, shops, and restaurants make it popular with visitors as well as residents. The area attracted circus impresario John Ringling in the early 1900’s, and in 1924 he began building an elegant seaside winter residence, Ca’ d'Zan, which he modeled after the Doges Palace in Venice. Today, the estate is a stunning museum, art collection, and circus exhibit that delights guests.
This year, both “Best Places” reports might be of particular interest. With the COVID-19 quarantine and, for many, working and schooling from home, we’ve all had more opportunity to think about our surroundings. Spending on home improvement projects, repairs, and renovations has increased significantly, according to several measures.
“After a prolonged period of staying at home, people are taking a critical look at where they live, and many are looking to find a place they can feel happier, afford more or pursue new opportunities,” according to Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at U.S.News. “The Best Places rankings can help people examine the details they consider important in a larger community as they seek a house with a bigger yard or a spot that makes it easier for the whole family to quarantine safely together.”
The methodology used in the study factors in health care quality, retiree taxes, desirability, job market ratings, and a happiness measure, based on a public survey of individuals of retirement age and those nearing retirement age. Florida’s affordable homes, low taxes, and high ratings for happiness and desirability placed the state at the top of the list. Sarasota’s increases in desirability and job market scores enabled the city to edge out Fort Myers for the first place spot for 2020-2021. After the four Florida cities, the rest of the top ten “Best Places to Retire” are Lancaster PA, Ocala FL, Ann Arbor MI, Asheville NC, Miami FL, and Melbourne FL.