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Sanford

The city of Sanford sits along Lake Monroe in the Central Florida region of northern Orlando.

Overview for Sanford, FL

60,215 people live in Sanford, where the median age is 34.5 and the average individual income is $27,868. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,215

Total Population

34.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$27,868

Average individual Income

Welcome to Sanford

From waterfront respites to a thriving downtown, this city has it all
 
The city of Sanford sits along Lake Monroe in the Central Florida region of nothern Orlando. Sanford boasts waterfront views, plenty of green space, and a walkable downtown that residents can enjoy all year long. The city’s hip feel and bustling atmosphere pair well together, creating the ideal place to live, work, and play for people of all ages. 
 
Sanford is one of the oldest cities in Florida, and a stroll through this charming area will show off a vast range of architectural styles inside its historic, bisected downtown. The East side is filled with restaurants, gastropubs, breweries, and a marina on Lake Monroe. You’ll find some of the most exclusive and luxurious communities on the West side. Both areas are unique and filled with personable charm and character. 
 
Regardless of which side you venture, you’ll find manicured landscapes, brick-lined streets, and buildings in various styles ranging from Colonial Revival to American Craftsman. These features, coupled with the exquisite restaurants and boutique shopping lining downtown, give Sanford a refined atmosphere full of luxury. 
 

What to Love

  • A vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown 
  • Hip and trendy shopping and restaurants
  • Outdoor activities
  • A plethora of community events 

Local Lifestyle

Sanford maintains a tight-knit feel, painting a perfect backdrop for its many yearly events. The many options in Sanford give the area a lifestyle that’s truly unique in Florida. Its downtown area allows locals to dine at upscale restaurants, shop local boutiques, or participate in festivals. At the same time, residents can spend a day soaking up sunshine by boating on Lake Monroe, hiking along the river, or playing a round of golf. Residents love that they can choose activities based on their interests, whether they want a day of on-the-go excitement or relaxation.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Sanford is home to an eclectic mix of upscale restaurants and breweries for residents to dine out with friends and family. The Sanford Brewing Company prides itself on its Southern hospitality and its fun-filled locale, which features a pub, brewery, and eatery all in one. The brewhouse features custom-made craft beers and guest taps from other Florida breweries. The menu comprises upscale Southern comfort food that warms the heart, such as fried green tomatoes and Mahi fish dip. 
 
Hollerbach's German Restaurant, one of the most successful German restaurants in the entire United States, resides in Sanford. This local favorite serves classic German dishes like schnitzel and wurst accompanied by handcrafted cocktails and beers. Diners can sit inside at the family-style tables adorned with Biergarten decor and listen to live music or sip their beers on the outdoor patio. 
 
Residents who want to dine inside one of Sanford’s most historical locations visit The Old Jailhouse Kitchen & Spirits. The building dates back to 1890 and, although renovated over the years, has maintained its original brick facade, window jail bars, and archways to make for a stunning restaurant setting. The menu consists of local Floridian fare and seasonal ingredients. 
 
Right down the street is The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar, a delicious eatery with an open-air concept. This superb spot serves a fresh surf and turf menu with signature cocktails that diners can enjoy al fresco or in the quaint dining room. The restaurant also features live music and holiday-themed meals. 
 

Things to Do

Because of its year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, Sanford residents have a plethora of outdoor activities at their fingertips. Two of the most popular outdoor attractions are the Sanford Marketplace at Magnolia and Alive After 5. The Sanford Marketplace at Magnolia, known by locals as the farmers’ market, happens every Saturday along East 1st Street. The Market is full of small businesses selling sustainable local ingredients, crafts, and cuisine. Alive After 5, located in downtown Sanford, is the longest-running street festival in Central Florida. Individuals can experience live music, craft beverages, food vendors, and shop local vendors throughout Sanford’s streets in this charming event. 
 
To fully enjoy the picturesque views of the city, locals stroll the Sanford Riverwalk, a walking path along the shores of Lake Monroe. This five-mile path received the International Making Cities Livable award in 2009 and is perfect for a long walk or bike ride, both day and night. Find more outdoor adventures at the Black Bear Wilderness Area. This beautiful location is home to 1,600 acres of wetland and floodplain habitats that connect the St. Johns and Wekiva Rivers to the Ocala National Forest. Hikers can explore the trails and observe wildlife in their natural habitats. 
 
For a relaxing day on the green, locals visit the Mayfair Country Club. This down to earth venue boasts a manicured 18-hole course, a pro shop, and practice facilities. Challenge your friends to a round on the 72-par course, take it easy at the driving range, or practice your short game on the putting green. 
 

Schools

The Seminole County School District serves Sanford and is the top-rated County School District in the entire State of Florida. Notable schools in the area include:
 

Sanford Real Estate

Situated in the heart of Central Florida, Sanford showcases a vibrant real estate landscape, backed by the region's flourishing economy. With current median home prices hovering around $369,495, Sanford's homes for sale reveal a promising upward trajectory. This growth is a testament to Sanford's rising charm, highlighted by signature neighborhoods such as Downtown Sanford, Historic Sanford, Lake Mary Heights, and Lake Monroe Shores. Whether it's the allure of cultural hotspots, the beauty of historic residences, top-tier educational institutions, or the appeal of modern housing developments, Sanford boasts diverse property options catering to a spectrum of tastes and needs.

When it comes to real estate investment, Sanford stands out as a prime destination. The city's rental market is buzzing, and with the promise of significant capital appreciation, investors can anticipate healthy returns. A plethora of property types, including single-family residences, chic townhomes, and contemporary condos, provides multiple investment opportunities tailored to a variety of budgets. Particularly, condos, with their strategic locations near city amenities, are often the top pick for renters seeking convenience. In a market as dynamic as Sanford's, expert guidance becomes essential. Trust in the deep local insights and proven expertise of Sanford real estate specialists, Mel and Tina Bernstein, to navigate the intricacies of property acquisition, ensuring a seamless and rewarding real estate journey.

Demographics and Employment Data for Sanford, FL

Sanford has 22,616 households, with an average household size of 2.61. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sanford do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 60,215 people call Sanford home. The population density is 2,553.71 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

60,215

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

34.5

Median Age

50.8 / 49.2%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
22,616

Total Households

2.61

Average Household Size

$27,868

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Sanford, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Sanford. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
John Polk Alternative School
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
Millennium Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Seminole County Detention Center
PUBLIC
4th - 12th
No rating available
Contracted Services
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Sanford Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Hamilton Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Crooms Academy Of Information Technology
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Wicklow Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
4th - 12th
1/5
Bentley Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Pine Crest Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Scps Consequence Unit
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
All Souls Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Liberty Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Hidden Treasure Preschool Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
Riverwalk Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
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