Sarasota once again made the top ten on U.S. News and World Reports rankings of the best places to live in the United States. We break it all down for you with my TOP 10 reasons that Sarasota is one of the best places in our great nation.

#1 Beaches and Weather: Sarasota is home to some of the best beaches in the country; from the top rated beach of Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island! And with an average of 251 sunny days a year, you will have plenty of days to enjoy the areas beaches!

#2 Restaurants, Bars and Nightlife: Sarasota is home to some of the best restaurants in the state and nation, You can truly take a trip around the world sampling all of the different types of restaurants in the area!

#3 The Arts: Sarasota is a top destination for all things ARTS. Theater, Dance, Opera, Orchestra and the arts are everywhere in Sarasota!

#4 SRQ Airport: The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is user-friendly airport, with direct flights from Boston, Chicago, New York and other cities.

#5 Healthcare: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a top ranked health care system. And we are a short distance from Tampa which is the home to All Children’s Hospital.

#6 Dog Friendly: Sarasota is a very very dog friendly area. Our awesome weather allows for plenty of outdoor seating at restaurants which means you can bring your fur babies. And Sarasota offers an abundance of dogs parks as well!

#7 Parks: Sarasota is home to also than 100 county parks and preserves, spanning over 50,000 acres.

#8 Real Estate: From condos to single family homes, Sarasota offers a housing option for everyone!

#9 Shopping: From the UTC Mall to St. Armands Circle, you will be sure to find whatever you need if you are a shopper! The Ellenton Outlet Mall is also close so there is truly something for everyone!

#10 Golf and Outdoor Sports: Sarasota has an immense amount of courses for the golf enthusiast, but also plenty of tennis, pickle ball and other sports for all to enjoy!