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CHARTS Community Spotlight Sarasota County first in Florida to Receive the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Community Designation

Gulf and Franklin Counties Tackling Childhood Obesity

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) continually uses data to assess the health status of the community. One-third of Sarasota County’s population is over 65 years of age with a projected influx of aging baby boomers who will make Sarasota County their home over the next several years. This presents some unique challenges and opportunities for a community committed to helping ensure that everyone across the lifespan has the same chance to be healthy and enjoy optimum quality of life.

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  • In 2015 persons age 65 and over comprised 19.1% of Florida’s population and 14.9% of the U.S. population.
  • In Florida the percentage of the population age 65 and over is projected to increase to 21.0% by 2020 and 25.5% in 2040.
  • Florida’s total population was estimated at 19,860,805 in 2015 and is projected to increase by 7.6% to 21,366,667 in 2020.
  • In comparison, Florida’s population age 65 and over was estimated at 3,785,857 in 2015 and is projected to increase by 17.9% to 4,465,169 in 2020.
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Did You Know?

  • The population projections for 2015 forward were updated in June on FloridaCHARTS.com.
  • Crime data by county for 2015 were recently added to FloridaCHARTS.com (search “crime”)
  • Hospital bed availability data by county for 2015 were recently added to FloridaCHARTS.com (search “beds”)
  • 2015 sexually transmitted disease rates were recently added to FloridaCHARTS.com (search “STD”)
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