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Overview

Introduction to Bradenton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee county, is 11 miles N of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 31 miles S of Tampa, Florida. It's located on the beautiful Gulf Coast. The city includes Palmetto, along with the barrier islands of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. The region is surrounded by waterways and offers year-round sunshine. The area is well known for its excellent beaches.

Tropicana, a major orange juice producer has juice production facilities located in Bradenton. The city is home to the headquarters of the prominent sports clothing chain, Champs Sports and the corporate offices of Beall's Department Stores. Tourism and agriculture are important parts of the economy.

Bradenton History

Hernando De Soto arrived in 1539. He explored the area for gold and other riches. The city was named in tribute to Dr. Joseph Braden who provided refuge in his fort-style home to residents during Indian uprisings. The current version of the city was established in 1943 by merging the municipalities of Manatee and Bradentown.

Bradenton Attractions

  • South Florida Museum features exhibits of the cultural and natural history of the region.
  • Parker Manatee Aquarium.
  • Bishop Planetarium.
  • Art Center Manatee.
  • Village of the Arts includes houses, studios and galleries for the local artists.
  • Cortez Fishing Village.
  • Fort De Soto National Park consists of five islands.
  • Gamble Mansion.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates participate in spring training at McKechnie Field.
  • The Palma Sola Botanical Park features a variety of rare trees, three lakes and a butterfly garden.
  • Great Florida Birding Trail.
  • Plantation Historic State Park includes an antebellum mansion.
  • Florida Heritage Festival.
  • Historic Old Main Street.
  • Rossi Waterfront Park offers scenic views of the Manatee River.
  • The eastern portion of Bradenton is known for antique shops.
  • Manatee Village Historical Park.

Bradenton Activities

Residents and tourists enjoy the excellent beaches. The region offers numerous quality golf courses including the River Run Golf Links. Myakka River State Park features an abundance of wildlife and rare birds. It includes hiking trails and offers boat tours. At the nearby Ana Maria Island, visitors have opportunities to see egrets, manatees, dolphins and other types of wildlife.

Sola Bay is popular for fishing. Sightseeing charters in Sola Bay and along the coast gives visitors the chance to see the region's wildlife. Opportunities for swimming, jet skiing and windsurfing are available at Anna Maria Island and the Longboat Key Beaches. Bradenton Beach, situated on Anna Maria Island is a popular tourist destination.

Bradenton Higher Education

The residents have opportunities for higher education at the nearby Manatee Technical Institute, New College of Florida and Manatee Community College.

Bradenton Transportation

The closest major airport is the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The Manatee County Area Transit provides bus services. A bridge known as the Sunshine Skyway provides a connection to St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

People

Total Population 51,811
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 23.2%
Employed Population 16+ 20,428
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $26,891
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,186

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,217
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $932
Median House Value $127,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 10.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bradenton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles N of Sarasota, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 31 miles S of Tampa, Florida
County Manatee
Metro Area Sarasota - Bradenton
Standard Zip Codes 34201, 34202, 34203, 34205, 34207, 34208, 34209, 34210, 34211, 34212
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34204, 34206, 34280, 34281, 34282
Phone Area Codes 941
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.498
Longitude -82.575

Bradenton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BRADENTON 5 ESE
Distance 6.6 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
Station PARRISH
Distance 16 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 28.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Brad (34211)

Braden River (34201, 34203, 34204, 34211)

Bradington (34211)

Cedar Hammock (34205)

Lakewood Ranch (34202, 34203, 34212)

Palma Sola (34209, 34280)

Trailer Estates (34281)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anna Maria 1,219 $66,731
Bradenton Beach 946 $53,056
Holmes Beach 4,045 $78,929
Longboat Key 7,072 $135,614
Palmetto 12,973 $46,486
Sarasota 53,583 $52,494

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bradenton Public Libraries

Library
Manatee County Public Library System
"1301 BARCARROTA BLVD., WEST"
Bradenton, Florida
(941) 748-5555
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Bradenton Hospitals

LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
8330 LAKEWOOD RANCH BOULEVARD
(941) 782-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

MANATEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
206 2ND ST E
(941) 746-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

BLAKE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
2020 59TH ST W
(941) 792-6611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bradenton High Schools

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LAKEWOOD RANCH SENIOR HIGH
5500 LAKEWOOD RANCH BOULE
941-727-6100
Serves 2,418 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

MANATEE HIGH SCHOOL
1 HURRICANE LANE
941-714-7300
Serves 2,086 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL
1200 37TH AVENUE E
941-741-3366
Serves 1,860 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

BAYSHORE HIGH SCHOOL
5401 34TH STREET W
941-751-7004
Serves 1,817 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

HORIZONS ACADEMY
5231 34TH STREET W
941-753-0927
A Non-traditional School
Serves 399 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
5603 - 34TH STREET W
941-751-7900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 317 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35.2

RICHARD MILBURN ACADEMY
6210 - 17TH AVENUE W
941-761-4393
A Charter School.
Serves 206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

CENTER ACADEMY
2615 - 26TH STREET W
941-739-6100
A Charter School.
Serves 142 students.

PAL OPPORTUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
202 13TH AVENUE E
941-714-7260
A Charter School.
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

MANATEE ADOLESCENCE TREATMENT
1324 - 37TH AVENUE E
941-746-1388
A Non-traditional School
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
1803 5TH STREET W
941-708-8770
A Non-traditional School
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

RAMSAY YOUTH SERVICES
4480 - 51ST STREET W
941-792-2222
A Special Education School
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

GULF COAST MARINE INSTITUTE
301 - 7TH STREET E
941-741-3102
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION
P. O. BOX 9069
941-721-2300
A Special Education School
Serves 46 students.

FLORIDA SHERIFF'S YOUTH RANCH
751 RYE WILDERNESS ROAD
941-776-1777
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

MANASOTA ARC
P. O. BOX 9292
941-752-2976
A Special Education School
Serves 18 students.

MANATEE GLENS
2020 - 26TH AVENUE E
941-741-3805
A Special Education School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

MANATEE GLENS ADOLESCENT CENTER
1819 - 5TH STREET W
941-741-3123
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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