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Manatee County is a county in the state of Floridamarker. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county was 315,766 Its county seat is Bradentonmarker, Floridamarker .

Manatee County is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. Every January, the Manatee County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds.


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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of . of it is land and of it (16.99%) is water.

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As of the census 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/km¬≤). There were 138,128 housing units at an average density of 186/sq mi (72/km¬≤). 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.



  1. City of Anna Mariamarker
  2. City of Bradentonmarker
  3. City of Bradenton Beachmarker
  4. City of Holmes Beachmarker
  5. Town of Longboat Keymarker
  6. City of Palmettomarker

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