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  • Sarasota​ - The city of Sarasota is runs along the Intracoastal Waterway from just south of University Parkway to about Bee Ridge Road.  It includes Lido Key and the northern tip of Siesta Key.  With its own elected officials and government, it is also the seat of Sarasota County.  Population within the city limits is a little over $53,000.  The population of the "greater" Sarasota area is about

  • Osprey​ - Immediately to the south of Sarasota and home to about 6,200 full time residents, Osprey is a mostly residential area dissected by US 41 and running along the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway and east into Oscar Scherer State Park.  It also includes about the northern third of Casey Key.  Businesses are few and located almost exclusively on US 41.

  • Laurel - Positioned just south of Osprey, from Oscar Scherer State Park to Dona Bay, is the community of Laurel, with a population of about 8,200.  Laurel has a fairly active business community, providing services to the entire Osprey/Laurel/Nokomis area and Casey Key.

  • Nokomis - A small area of only 2 square miles on the mainland, plus the southern two-thirds of Casey Key, Nokomis has a population of about 3,100 people.  Many of the businesses in Nokomis lie along Albee Road and the portion of Casey Key Road that intersects with it - mostly small inns and restaurants.  

  • Venice - One of the first planned cities in the country, the city limits include Venice Island and a narrow portion of the adjacent mainland extending to the northeast.  Within the city limits, the population is about 21,000.  All the areas addressed as Venice include a population of about 57,000.  The small downtown area is quaint, made up of primarily one-story buildings. 

  • Englewood - Just south of Venice and west of North Port, Englewood lies in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.  Including Manasota Key its population is about 15,000. 

  • ​North Port - Lying in the southeasternmost portion of the county, the city of North Port is an incorporated community with its own government officials and services.  It includes the community once known as Warm Mineral Springs.  With a population of nearly 60,000, it is sparsely populated compared to Sarasota and Bradenton. In area (square miles) it is 3 times larger city of Sarasota and more than 5 times larger than the city of Bradenton.


​​​​​So many things to do in Sarasota . . .

and so many opportunities to get involved

in our communities.  Find ways to:

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​             *Make a unique contribution

​We can't wait to hear how you become part of

our community and the Sarasota lifestyle!