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Time Zone: Manatee County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Bradenton is the Seat for Manatee County.

Manatee County was founded January 9, 1855 and was created by taking area from HillsboroughCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Manatee had a population of 318,361 people. This is an increase of 20.59% since the last Census (which gave a population of 264,002 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Manatee represented 1.65% of the total population of Florida, making it the state's 16th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010322,833+22.28%+1.4% since 2009
2009318,361+20.59%+0.73% since 2008
2008316,059+19.72%+0.65% since 2007
2007314,027+18.95% 
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2000264,002The Last Census

More information can be found on the Manatee County Census Page for Manatee County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Manatee County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Manatee County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Bradenton   53,97349,5049.03% increase  
Palmetto   14,40712,57114.61% increase  
Longboat Key   7,2637,6034.47% decrease  
Holmes Beach   5,1194,9663.08% increase  
Anna Maria   1,8311,8140.94% increase  

Websites for Manatee County

Official Website:   www.co.manatee.fl.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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