Sarasota metropolitan area Information
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)|
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 821,573 in 2018. 
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. 
- 1 History of the metropolitan area designations
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Climate
- 4 Transportation
- 5 Media
- 6 Economy
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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 to 2018)
(2010 to 2018)
|Metropolitan statistical area [a]||702,281||821,573||+16.99%|
|Combined statistical area [b]||897,121||1,044,060||+16.38%|
- Population of Sarasota County and Manatee County combined.
- Population of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties combined.
The following is a list of the five largest cities in the Sarasota metropolitan area as ranked by population. 
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2018)
(2010 to 2017)
(2010 to 2017)
(2010 to 2017)
|7||Gulf Gate Estates||Sarasota||10,911||10,650|
|16||Warm Mineral Springs||Sarasota||5,061||5,305|
|26||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 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 other regions of West Florida. 
- East County Observer 
- Longboat Observer
- The Bradenton Times, an online newspaper. 
- The Islander 
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune
- Siesta Key Observer
- Sarasota Observer
- "OMB Bulletin No. 18-04" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. September 14, 2018. p. 65. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- "Cumulative Estimates of Resident Population Change and Rankings: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018 - United States -- Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses (OMB Bulletin 08 - 01)" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. November 20, 2007. Archived from the original ( CSV) on November 17, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
- "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses (OMB Bulletin 10-02)" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. December 2, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012.
- "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas (OMB Bulletin 13-01)" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. February 28, 2013.
- "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 (CBSA-EST2012-01)". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Archived from the original ( CSV) on July 4, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)". 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 23, 2010. Archived from the original ( CSV) on March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018". Census Bureau. May 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
- "American FactFinder - Community Facts". Fact Finder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated". University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. November 6, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "SCAT Bus Service | Sarasota County, FL". www.scgov.net. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
- "MCAT". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
- Amtrak, Travel Planning Map. "Travel Planning Map| Amtrak". Amtrak.com.
- "Front Page". Anna Maria Island Sun. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- "Home Page". Business Observer. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "East County". Your Observer. November 24, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Headlines The Bradenton Times News Headlines". thebradentontimes.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Anna Maria Island News | The Anna Maria Island Islander – "The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- "Regional Data: GDP and Personal Income". U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area definitions