this video we're going to discover why Sarasota is a great place to retire in. Let's talk about the obvious and that is we have warm weather year-round in Florida. And that's one of the reasons why a lot of people are moving here not just retirees. Now the winter times in my opinion is just the most perfect time to be here that's why a lot of the snowbirds will fly in here and they typically leave at around April and May to go back home where it's also starting to get warmer. In January it can get colder especially at nighttime but usually it never really snows. The summer times I should caution you do get hotter about 90 to 95 degrees with daily showers that'll just last for maybe an hour or hour to but it is very rainy and we'll have our hurricanes that'll come through.
The good news is that since they've kept the weather records for Sarasota, Sarasota has never been in the eye of a hurricane. Number two are the beaches. We have some of the nicest beaches in Florida as a matter of fact in all of the US. There's Siesta Key Beach which consistently in the past has been voted as the number one beach. Now there are a few reasons for that. It has gotten praised over the years from different news media in regards to how deep the beach is how fine the sand is. A walk from the parking lot to the water can take up to five minutes that's how deep the beach is and the sand is made of 99% Quartz so it's really fine powdery like sand that does not get warm in the heat of the summer you can still walk barefoot on the sand even during the hottest of days without burning your feet.
But there's also an MTV show called Siesta Key which is helping to drive the publicity for Siesta Key. We have several other beaches that one can choose from which all have their own advantages. There's Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, these two are all on Siesta Key. In Sarasota still there's the Lido Beaches, North Little Beach, Lido Beach and South Lido Beach and on the southern side of Sarasota the Venice beaches and then to the North of Sarasota, Longboat Key Beaches and Anna Maria Island beaches. Each one of them will have their own advantages. Casperson beach for example in Venice is known as the shark tooth capital in the world. So if you're hunting for shark teeth you're going to want to go to Casperson beach. There's something so magical about the sunsets which you don't get to see on the east side really because there the sunrises and it sets on the west side. So we have the privilege of seeing the sunsets here.
I prefer seeing the sun set there's just something so magical about seeing it setting and just the color formation in the sky, it's just absolutely magical. Florida is one of the few states in the United States where they're not charging any income tax. The way they're supplementing the income is through tourism mainly. In Sarasota there is no income tax either and so if you're somebody who's living out of your retirement account or social security account you get to keep much more of your money.
For some people it could mean an extra thousands of dollars a year. So that's one of the reasons why a lot of people are starting to move to Florida also especially from places such as New York where they're getting taxed like crazy. Sarasota has some of the best healthcare in all of Florida. Our main hospital is Sarasota Memorial Hospital. It's been voted as one of the top hospitals in all of the world based on a rating that came in from Newsweek in 2021. Newsweek’s list highlights 2000 hospitals across 25 countries and Sarasota came in at 122.
This is an amazing feat especially when you consider that just in the US there's about 6 000 hospitals. That doesn't include all the other hospitals across the world. Looking at a representation of the different age groups it's really varied and that's what I love about living here in Sarasota. You know you can mesh with all these different people in these different age groups and I think we all can learn from each other. Now if we look at the average age as reported by the Census Bureau it's about 49 years old. Those that are 65 years or older they are about 25% of the population. There's so many people that are moving to Sarasota that if you're concerned about making friends or not really finding anybody that you're going to connect with so many people who are going to be in your shoes and so they're more open to kind of establishing these friendships.
Partially because of that I think it's kind of an exciting time to move to Sarasota right now because I really do feel that making friends finding friendly people that you mesh with is going to be a lot easier these days because people are just so much more open to meeting each other to establishing these new relationships. Now I hear a lot of people saying that yeah they're retired but they still want to work and a lot of them are actually looking for volunteer work.
And here's the good news that there is so much volunteer work for those especially who are retired if you want to stay busy and if you want to use that as kind of a way to meet other people as well my recommendation is to start off by going to a website called volunteermatch.org and then you just look for Sarasota you'll see all of the different volunteer opportunities. But I know Selby Gardens always hires, Mote Aquarium you've got Dr Hospitals of Sarasota, the Library. I mean there's just so many places that you can go to directly and see if they're looking for volunteers but I would start off with volunteermatch.org and see what is currently advertised.
Arts and Entertainment. So a lot of people who choose Sarasota as kind of their home base are partially choosing Sarasota not just because of the beaches and the weather but Sarasota is actually known as kind of the cultural hub on the west side. We have so much to do when it comes to arts and entertainment. There's so many places to see a show and you can even take a class at the Florida Studio Theater. “But I’m from Sarasota Florida do you mind what was your name before Pat? Alex Trebek”. The Urbanite for more intimate theater experience, you got the Van Wezel which artists from all over the world kind of rotate through there's just so much to do when it comes to the arts and theater just can't get bored here. Close proximity to all major points of interests. Sarasota is really not that big even if you're not right on Siesta Key beach or you're not right on Lido Key Beach you're still not going to be that far away from the beach likely especially when you live west of 75.
75 is our main highway that either takes you to Tampa for example or it could take you to Naples depending on which direction you go to but it also divides the west from Sarasota from the east of Sarasota. So if you live west of 75 the chances of you being no further than maybe 20 to 25 minutes away from the beach is really great. The proximity of all these different types of interests, the beach, nature, downtown Sarasota or Saint Armand Circle, all these different points of interest are very close to each other. In some cases just miles away and the close proximity to all these great things makes it really appealing to especially retirees who just don't want to drive that much anymore. Lifestyle you can change up the lifestyle so easily here.
A lot of retirees like that because sometimes they just want to be a bum on the beach just be by the beach soak in the sun not do anything. Then they want to switch it over to playing tennis or maybe golf or maybe pickleball. It's again so easy to do here partially because everything is so close to each other. We have amazing golfing especially in Palmer Ranch. There's so many different pickleball clubs we have really great tennis organizations. If you're a bicyclist you've probably heard of the Legacy Trail which is a trail that runs from Venice. Pretty soon it's going to go all the way down to downtown Sarasota, if you like nature and hiking there's lots of parks to choose from in Sarasota. We've got the great national park called Myakka state park which is only about 25 minutes away from kind of the central location in Sarasota. There is so much to do for pretty much any interest you may have so many lifestyles and you can switch things up you know really from day to day. Different housing options. Yes Sarasota’s becoming more expensive partially because the real estate market is just crazy all over the US.
But also a lot of people are moving here to Sarasota not just retirees and so that's inflating the home prices. Now if we look at the September median price for a single-family home it was about 407 000 dollars for condo was around 312 000. Now for some of you that may be expensive but there are more affordable options and I’ll give you one example. There's a 55 and older community called Bahia Vista.
Manufacture homes there go for about fifty thousand dollars and up they have a pool a clubhouse just a really nice place if you're looking for something on a lower budget. If you're buying a place on Siesta Key beach and you can easily spend over a million dollars but the key takeaway here is the real estate market is still really achievable for many of you granted you find a real estate property. Now that's the challenge is finding a listing and right now we have more buyers than actually listings even more of a reason for you to work with a licensed realtor who can help you navigate this landscape. Now if you're looking to move to Sarasota and you need a realtor I would love to team up with you. You can reach me via email or just call me thank you so much for watching today. If you appreciated this video give it a like also subscribe to this channel if you haven't so far thank you so much for tuning in today I really appreciate it and I’ll see you in my next video.