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Sarasota County Caters Best to Florida's Seniors

Bloomberg ranked Florida counties with a critical mass of seniors to determine the mecca for senior living. Sarasota County received the highest total score of five equally weighted factors: mobility, wealth, leisure, education and senior concentration.

Published Sept. 18, 2013

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METHODOLOGY: Demographic data were extracted from the 2007-2011 5Y and 2009-2011 3Y American Community Surveys of the U.S. Census. The Institute for Health Metric & Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington provided the county-specific life expectancy for male and female separately. For the purpose of this study, 1985-2010 average were used. Leisure establishment data were extracted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food & drink places include full, limited-services and other restaurants and places where beverages are served. Entertainment places include all arts, entertainment and recreation establishments. Retail places include all retail and trade establishments. Travel-related places include all scenic and sightseeing transportation by water, land and air; and travel agencies, tour operators and other related travel arrangement and reservation services. Counts were as of 2012 preliminary private establishments only.

GRAPHIC: WEI LU / BLOOMBERG RANKINGS & DAVE MERRILL / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA