Manatee County Information & Links

Seal of Manatee County, FloridaPart of Florida's lively Gulf Coast, Manatee County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and beachgoers, drawing in millions of visitors from all over the world each year. Residents take pleasure in the county's easygoing outlook and excellent resources including high quality housing, education and healthcare, while businesses relish its location, established infrastructure and overall business-friendly climate. Manatee County has much to offer those looking to relocate permanently... or those just hoping to get away for a relaxing vacation.

The county is comprised of six distinct cities, which include Bradenton and Palmetto on the mainland, and Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Longboat Key located on its barrier islands. Unincorporated Manatee County includes Ellenton, Parrish and Myakka City, with Lakewood Ranch standing as a prominent master planned community located southeast of Bradenton.

Manatee county is a great place to live. The area now known as "Manatee County" was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. It may have been the landing site for the De Soto Expedition. Manatee County was created in 1855. It was named for the manatee or sea cow, which also appears on the county seal.   

2005 Census estimates show the racial composition of the county as being 77.6% non-Hispanic whites, 11.8% Latino, 8.7% African-American and 1.3% Asian.

In 2000 there were 112,460 households out of which 23.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.70% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 24.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,673, and the median income for a family was $46,576. Males had a median income of $31,607 versus $25,007 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,388. About 7.10% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.

You will find great family homes and second or vacation home opportunities in Manatee county. Whether you are considering a single family home, condominium, villa, townhouse, vacant land or commercial property, Manatee county has it all. Click on the links below to learn about incorporated and unincorporated areas of Manatee county. We have also included a variety of links that every homeowner should check. Remember, your Sarasota Home Realty agent is an expert in these areas and can provide additional information.  

Incorporated Areas:

Anna Maria
The city of Anna Maria is nestled at the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island, at the mouth of Tampa Bay between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Anna Maria stretches over 1.5 square miles and encompasses approximately 1,900 permanent year-round residents who take advantage of its charming, laid-back environment and beautiful beaches. The entire city of Anna Maria is a bird sanctuary, and many species of water and shore birds can be viewed here. The aquatic life is impressive as well, with bottlenose dolphins and manatees frequently making an appearance in its surrounding waters.

Bradenton is hailed as the largest city in the area, boasting a population of 53,662. The city is also the county seat for Manatee County and stands as a hub for commerce, healthcare, government services, education and culture. Its downtown is the place to go for a historic stroll on the Riverwalk, enjoying restaurants as well as artistic ventures. With Sarasota Bradenton International Airport nearby, Bradenton is home to a host of popular attractions, including the South Florida Museum, Village of the Arts and the Pittsburgh Pirates' spring training facility.

Bradenton Beach
A small beach community, Bradenton Beach can be found at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. More than 1,500 people call this area home throughout the year, with a wealth of visitors coming to take advantage of the community's outstanding recreational areas and activities. In fact, 35 percent of Bradenton Beach is reserved solely for public recreation. Two large public beaches are easily accessible at the southernmost part of town. Leffis Key is also a great site for leisure opportunities, with the historic Bridge Street open for dining and entertainment adventures.

Holmes Beach
Bounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Holmes Beach stands as the largest of the three cities located on Anna Maria Island. With more than 5,000 permanent residents, Holmes Beach stretches just over three miles with white sandy beaches, making it a popular vacation destination. The community offers great options for accommodations and plenty of events and festivals happening throughout the year.

Longboat Key
Longboat Key can be found just south of Anna Maria Island across from Longboat Pass, and serves primarily as a luxury resort and retirement community in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Around 8,000 year-round residents are situated within the 12-mile barrier island of Longboat Key, which boasts 11 miles of sandy beaches mixed with upscale retreats, fine dining establishments, world-class shopping, two private golf courses and a nationally acclaimed tennis resort.

The second largest city in the area, with a population of more than 14,000, Palmetto is situated just north of Bradenton, along the northern shore of the Manatee River. Top historical attractions in Palmetto include the Palmetto Historical Park, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site. Palmetto is also equipped with one of the state's most noteworthy collection of historic structures - approximately 160 buildings in Palmetto are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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