National website cites Sarasota as place to grow old and happy

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- A recent informal poll conducted by Huffington Post lists Sarasota among the top places in America to grow old.

The online publication asked its Facebook fans for suggestions on the best American cities to grow old, and this week they compiles a list of six destinations that stood out among the responses.

Sarasota was the only Florida city on the list, with the caption: "There's a reason it's the demographically oldest 'large' county in the country!"

Virginia Haley with Visit Sarasota says the "happy" rating comes as no surprise. "We're actually seeing more and more of this kind of accolades for our community. The word is getting out we're not a best kept secret anymore."


So what makes Sarasota so great? Haley says it's the variety of things from the culture and arts to actives. "People love the fact that this is a place that at 55 or 60 you can learn to row or start to paint or be begin a new hobby or go back to school it's a very active community."

Those who live here agree. "Sarasota is a wonderful community and a great place to retire to," says resident John Stefanik.

"I love Sarasota. I've only been here a few years and wish I would have come sooner," says resident Donna Stewart.

"I've been all over the whole country, and I’ve worked everyplace, and Sarasota-Venice area is best place in the entire country," says David Spicer.

San Diego and Napa Valley were among the other locations named.

Read more on Huffington Post.

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