The Brain Health Initiative

Why Lakewood Ranch?


Located just outside Sarasota, Florida, Lakewood Ranch is currently the second best-selling planned community in the United States.  A planned community is purpose-built.  Unlike other communities, where construction occurs more spontaneously, a planned community is built from undeveloped land so as to be organized in a deliberate way.

Lakewood Ranch is a 31,000-acre planned community, home to more than 30,000 residents in more than 20 villages.  The community was established in 1994 and today consists of homes, neighborhoods, businesses, shopping centers, various amenities, schools, parks and open spaces. 

Lakewood Ranch was designed with a multigenerational community in mind.  As such, residents live in apartments, senior living facilities, and detached family homes. Lakewood Ranch is also home to 1,383 businesses employing more than 15,000 employees in diverse fields, including finance and insurance, healthcare, retail, professional/technology, and construction. There are also numerous public and private schools – elementary through college. The nine college campuses include medical, pharmacy, and dental schools. There are more than 15 places of worship in Lakewood Ranch, along with several beginning congregations. Lakewood Ranch is also home to the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, a 120-bed hospital that opened in the fall of 2004.

As the largest green planned community in the nation, nearly 60% of the community’s acreage is open space.  Lakewood Ranch is particularly committed to providing a healthy and environmentally responsible place for residents of all ages to live, work, and play.  

With its large, multi-generational community and diverse on-site resources to support the health and well-being of its residents, Lakewood Ranch is the ideal setting for a ground-breaking study of brain health and performance.