Longboat Key, Florida

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Longboat Key, Florida

Introduction to Longboat Key, Florida

Longboat Key, Florida, in Manatee county, is 9 miles NW of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 39 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The town, which is considered part of the Sarasota - Bradenton metropolitan area, has a population of 7,603.

Longboat Key History

The town of Longboat Key, divided equally between Sarasota and Manatee Counties, was officially incorporated in 1955. It is a barrier island community. Manatee County, established in 1855, was inhabited by the Native Americans for many years, and it is said that the county may have been the De Soto Expedition’s landing site. The name of the county, 'Manatee', is a term for the sea cow. Sarasota County, founded in 1921, is said to have been named after a word in the indigenous language of Calusa.

Longboat Key and nearby Attractions

  • Little Manatee River State Park
  • DeSoto National Memorial
  • Lake Manatee State Park
  • Pinellas County Heritage Village
  • Egmont Key State Park
  • Saint Petersburg Museum of History

Things To Do In Longboat Key

There are a number of museums in the area, such as the Florida International Museum, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Saint Petersburg Museum of History, and the Tampa Bay History Center. These museums have interesting exhibits that shed light on the history and culture of the region. Visitors may also consider day-trips to Beer Can Island, Coquina Beach, and Whitney Beach. The Harbourside Golf Course and Islandside Golf Club offer recreational opportunities for golf enthusiasts. The nearby animal parks and aquariums, include The Jungle and the Mote Marine Aquarium.

Longboat Key Transportation

Sarasota/ Bradenton International Airport offers air transportation.

Longboat Key Higher Education

The institutions offering courses in higher education are Saint Leo University, the University of South Florida, and Manatee Community College.

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High Points

Longboat Key strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Longboat Key Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Longboat Key People in Middle Class or Better
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Longboat Key Low Violent Crime
Low Rate of Poverty
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Top 2% trophy Longboat Key Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 3% trophy Longboat Key Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
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Top 3% trophy Longboat Key Median Family Income
Walking and Biking to Work
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Top 3% trophy Longboat Key Walking and Biking to Work
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 7% Longboat Key Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Longboat Key College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Longboat Key, Florida

Comparing Longboat Key to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Male Share of the Population 2 3
Racial Diversity 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Short Commute Times 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 7
People Living Alone 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 9 10

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Longboat Key Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NW of Sarasota, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Manatee
Metro Area Sarasota - Bradenton
Standard Zip Codes 34228
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.412
Longitude -82.659

Longboat Key Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 72 F
Apr Temp 60 to 82 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52 inches
Station VENICE
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 73 F
Apr Temp 61 to 82 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
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Longboat Key Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,603 100%
Male 3,532 46.5%
Female 4,071 53.5%
Under 18 200 2.6%
18+ 7,403 97.4%
65+ 4,435 58.3%
Median Age 67.9
Average Family Size 2.11
White 7,545 99.2%
African-American 5 0.1%
Asian 33 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 1 0%
Mixed Race 12 0.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 51 0.7%

Estimated Longboat Key Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,583
Growth -20
Growth % -0.3%

Longboat Key Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 14.1%
English 12.3%
Irish 11.5%
Russian 10.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7%
US/American 6.8%
Italian 6.5%
Polish 5%
Swedish 2.9%
Scottish 2.5%
Hungarian 2.2%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Austrian 1.4%
British 1.3%
Norwegian 1.2%
Lithuanian 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
European 1.1%
Ukrainian 1%
French Canadian 1%
Greek 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Latvian 0.7%
Czech 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Turkish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Longboat Key, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Long Boat Key (34228)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Longboat Key 7,603 $107,983
Anna Maria 1,814 $51,628
Bradenton 49,504 $42,366
Bradenton Beach 1,482 $46,583
Gulfport 12,527 $37,016
Holmes Beach 4,966 $55,669
Palmetto 12,571 $40,132
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