The Venice area is comprised of five separate communities including Venice Island, South Venice, Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey, each with their own distinct charm and history. The Venice area, unlike other parts of the Suncoast, is not directly protected from the Gulf via a barrier island such as Casey Key to the north or Manasota Key to the south. This allows boaters, fishing and watersport enthusiasts direct access to the Gulf waters via the Venice jetty.
Founded in 1926, the city of Venice now has a year-round population 21,730 (Sarasota County population is 379,448) and this number increases significantly when in season (November thru April) when many people from up north, also known as "snowbirds" flock south to Florida to enjoy the warmer winter climate. Venice has long been a top Florida vacation destination for many. With its four area beaches, abundant waterways and historical downtown area, Venice offers tourists the perfect mix of warm Florida sunshine and endless outdoor activities.
The main attraction in Venice is its historic downtown district, which has been designated as a Florida Main Street City by the State of Florida. Lined with tall palm trees and lush tropical landscape, downtown Venice embraces small town America with its sidewalk cafes, boutique storefronts and year-round main street gatherings including arts and crafts festivals. The city also boasts four beaches on the Gulf of Mexico including Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach, Nokomis Beach and North Jetty Beach. To view photos and driving directions to each of these beaches, click here.
Venice is a quick 35-minute commute from the local Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport (SRQ) or roughly a 90-minute commute from the larger Tampa Int'l Airport (TPA). To view information about getting to the Venice area, including nearby airports, view our "Getting Here" resource page about planning your flight(s) and/or rental car here.
History of Venice, FL
Prior to the 1900's, modern-day Venice was known as "Horse and Chaise" and was nothing more than a small Florida agricultural community with orange groves and other citrus crops harvested by early settlers who occupied the area. The name of Venice, originally derived from its likeness to the city of the same name in Italy with a similar network of canals, was given by Frank Higel in 1888, who is referred to as the "Father of Venice." It was not until the expansion of the railroad southward into the area in 1911 that Venice began to grow. During the roaring 1920's with the stock market boom, so had land investment and speculation in Florida. Early investors such as Fred Albee had purchased land and began to develop the Northern Venice and Nokomis areas. Venice was officially registered as a city on June 10, 1926 and soon after the early roots of current day historic downtown Venice and its storefronts and hotels began to take shape.
Venice, FL Weather
With an average of 252 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 73 degrees, Venice, FL has an ideal yearound weather climate for vacationers. During the summer months, Venice has an average high in the low 90's and in the winter months, the average high drops to the low 70's. Most importantly, the humidity or dew point of the air drops considerably in the winter months making for very enjoyable weather conditions to enjoy outdoor activities such walking around the historic downtown or taking a stroll on the Venice fishing pier.
Annually, Venice receives an average of 48.9 inches of rain (roughly 4 ft) and experiences 102 days with precipitation throughout the year. Unlike being up north, an intense rainstorm in Venice can quickly turn back into bright sunshine and blue skies within minutes as the Gulf wind currents keep the weather in constant motion.
When looking at the demographics data for the Venice area (based upon to 2014 & 2015 data), one gets a good overview of the area. We can clearly see that the majority of the population (93.9%) is white; the median age (68.8 years) is well above the Florida average of 41.8 years; the average household size of 1.7 persons is much less than the state of Florida average at 2.5 persons and that the median Venice household income of $54,285 is well above the Florida average household income of $49,426. See the full statistics below.
Population & Household Data
Population Venice Population (2014) Sarasota County Population (2014)
Population Density The number of residents per square mile of area.
Population Change The percent change in the city's population since 2000.
Household Size (2013 Data) Venice, FL State of FL
1.7 people 2.5 people
Gender Ratio (2014 Data) Male Population Female Population
Median Age (2014 Data) Venice, FL State of FL
68.8 years 41.8 years
Race & Ethnic Origin
Race (2010 Data) White 20,098 Hispanic 697 Asian 320 Black 170 Two or more races 108 Other 7 American Indian 2
93.9% 3.3% 1.5% 0.8% 0.5% 0.03% .01%
Median Household Income (2015 Data) Venice, FL State of FL
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