Population: Bradenton, 56,508; Sarasota, 56,994
Median household income (2017 dollars): Bradenton, $42,902; Sarasota, $45,073
Median home value (Zillow): Bradenton, $240,000; Sarasota, $260,500
In 2017, no metro area had more job growth than this one thanks in large part to Florida’s low unemployment rate. While the current median salary is about $41,000, that number is expected to grow as more companies look to set up in the area.