Located on the Gulf Coast in the Tampa Bay area, Lakewood Ranch is a “master-planned community” that is home to A-rated schools, convenient shopping and dining, and excellent employment opportunities. 
With a prime location that is close to cities including Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa, it’s a preferred location for many professionals. Lakewood Ranch is also just 15 to 18 miles from the beautiful beaches located on Lido Key, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Anna Maria Island. 

Are you considering moving to Lakewood Ranch? Here are some of the important things you need to know. 

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Many people move to Lakewood Ranch for the great weather. The area is known for having long, hot summers and short, cool winters. The hottest time of the year ranges from mid-May to early October. During this time, temperatures average around 86°. The hottest month of the year is August, with an average high of about 89°. 

Things start to cool down in early December and the cool season continues through the first of March. During this time, average daily highs typically fall below 74°. January is usually the coldest month in Lakewood Ranch, with an average daily high of 71° and low of 53°. The rainy season runs from early June to late September, with the average daily chance of rain coming in at about 42% for any given day. 


Lakewood Ranch is served by the Manatee County School District. The are 16 preschools, 8 public primary and secondary schools, and 5 private primary and secondary schools in Lakewood Ranch. There are also 10 higher education campuses nearby including Keiser University, Manatee Technical College, Everglades University, and the State College of Florida.

The top-rated schools in Lakewood Ranch include:

  • Robert Willis Elementary School
  • R. Dan Nolan Middle School
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Braden River Middle School
  • B.D. Gullett Elementary School
  • Braden River Elementary School
  • Lakewood Ranch High School.

Lakewood Ranch High School is rated the second-best public high school in Manatee County. It serves approximately 2,433 students in grades 9 through 12 and has an overall graduation rate of 95%.



The average home sale price in Lakewood Ranch is $654,000, which represents a 26.3% year-over-year increase. Homes here are priced at approximately $300 per square foot. 

The housing market in Lakewood Ranch is somewhat competitive, with homes currently selling in about 12.5 days after being placed on the market. 


If you’re considering moving to Lakewood Ranch, it’s important to understand just how far your money will go. A cost-of-living index of 100 means that an area is on par with the national average. The cost-of-living index for the state of Florida is 103.1 and the index for Lakewood Ranch is 123.7. This means that the cost of living here is higher than both the national average and the state average. Housing is significantly more expensive, with an index of 171.8, while healthcare is slightly less expensive, with an index of 99.6. Groceries have an index of 109.8. 

The median household income in Lakewood Ranch is $111,645, which is nearly double the amount in Florida ($57,703) and 1.5 times higher than the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area ($62,438).


As of the 2020 census, the city of Lakewood Ranch has a population of 26,513 and a population density of 575.4 people per square mile. The median age here is 50.3. which is slightly lower than the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area and about 20% higher than the average in the state of Florida. Approximately 21% of the population in Lakewood Ranch is under the age of 18 and 31% are aged 65 or older.

The ratio of males to females is about equal. Approximately 97.7% of the population of Lakewood Ranch has a high school diploma or higher, and 53.4% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.



While crime statistics are not available for Lakewood Ranch, the area is rated fourth in a round-up of Bradenton’s top 10 safest neighborhoods.


Lakewood Ranch is located along the I-75 corridor, just an hour south of Tampa and 20-minutes east of downtown Sarasota and Siesta Key. Its closest airports are Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, and Orlando airports are also located nearby. 

Major roadways in Lakewood Ranch include SR 70, University Parkway, Lakewood Ranch Main Street, Lorraine Road, and Fruitville Road.


LAKEWOOD RANCH DINING, Shopping, and Entertainment

There’s no shortage of things to do in Lakewood Ranch. You’ll find a wide selection of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, miniature golf, and more on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. This is the area’s original town center and entertainment district. It’s also the home to several popular festivals including Music on Main, a free block party with food, live music, and more. 

The Lakewood Ranch Farmer’s Market features more than 100 curated vendors and is held every Sunday year-round. The area is also known for its extensive golf scene, with the University Park Country Club being one of the most popular courses in the area. 

The Sarasota Polo Club is also a major part of the Lakewood Ranch community. Polo matches are held every Sunday from December through April and special events are held on the grounds throughout the year. 

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