Sanibel, FL
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Living in Sanibel


Sanibel is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 7,401 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Sanibel is the 243rd largest community in Florida.

Sanibel home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Sanibel real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Sanibel is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.51% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sanibel is a city of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sanibel who work in sales jobs (20.64%), management occupations (19.03%), and business and financial occupations (9.21%).

Also of interest is that Sanibel has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Sanibel is also a city of artists. Sanibel has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Sanibel’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 26.18% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Sanibel is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Sanibel’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Sanibel has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Sanibel a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Sanibel is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Being a small city, Sanibel does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Sanibel, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Sanibel is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.13% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Sanibel in 2018 was $88,413, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $353,652 for a family of four.

The people who call Sanibel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sanibel residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Sanibel include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Sanibel is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.


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