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Manatee County, Florida
Seal of Manatee County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Manatee County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 9 January 1855
Seat Bradenton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

892.75 sq mi (2,312 km²)
741.03 sq mi (1,919 km²)
151.72 sq mi (393 km²), 16.99%
 - (2010)
 - Density

436/sq mi (168.22/km²)

Manatee County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. Its 2010 population was 322,833.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Bradenton. Manatee County is a part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area and along with Sarasota County to the south and several counties to the north is often considered part of the Tampa Bay Area.

History[edit | edit source]

The area now known as "Manatee County" was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. The southern mouth of the Manatee River is the likely landing site for the De Soto Expedition and is the location of the U.S. National Park Service's DeSoto National Memorial.

Manatee County was created in 1855. It was named for the Florida manatee (commonly called a "sea cow" though it is distantly related to the elephant), which is endangered and the state's official marine mammal.

Every January, the Manatee County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 892.75 square miles (2,312.2 km2), of which 741.03 square miles (1,919.3 km2) (or 83.01%) is land and 151.72 square miles (393.0 km2) (or 16.99%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

National protected areas[edit | edit source]

A Great Egret in Myakka River State Park

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 854
1870 1,931 126.1%
1880 3,544 83.5%
1890 2,895 −18.3%
1900 4,663 61.1%
1910 9,550 104.8%
1920 18,712 95.9%
1930 22,502 20.3%
1940 26,098 16.0%
1950 34,704 33.0%
1960 69,168 99.3%
1970 97,115 40.4%
1980 148,442 52.9%
1990 211,707 42.6%
2000 264,002 24.7%
2010 322,833 22.3%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 264,002 people, 112,460 households, and 73,773 families residing in the county. The population density was 356/sq mi (138/km²). There were 138,128 housing units at an average density of 186/sq mi (72/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.36% White, 8.19% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 9.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 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. (Source=

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.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Bealls of Florida has its headquarters in unincorporated Manatee County.[7][8]

Places[edit | edit source]

Map of Manatee County indicating incorporated municipalities. Number corresponds to list at left.

Incorporated[edit | edit source]

  1. City of Anna Maria
  2. City of Bradenton
  3. City of Bradenton Beach
  4. City of Holmes Beach
  5. Town of Longboat Key
  6. City of Palmetto

Unincorporated Census Designated Places[edit | edit source]

Other unincorporated places[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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Coordinates: 27°29′N 82°22′W / 27.48, -82.36

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