Siesta Key, Florida

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Siesta Key is a barrier island off the central western coast of Florida in the United States of America. It is situated between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sarasota County. After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and the bay, the key was originally named Sarasota Key by European cartographers during exploration beginning in 1513. That name can be seen on maps from the early 18th century as well as on all local maps drawn before the name change to Siesta Key in the 1920s. The population was 7,150 at the 2000 census.

Siesta Key is part of the BradentonSarasotaVenice Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Siesta Key is located at 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.5525°W / 27.27528; -82.5525 (27.275150, -82.552631).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (33.62%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,150 people, 3,783 households, and 2,273 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,120.1 people per square mile (1,205.5/km²). There were 7,885 housing units at an average density of 3,440.9/sq mi (1,329.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.63% European American, 0.10% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

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