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Welcome to Longboat Key ...

The coastal town of Longboat Key is primarily located in Manatee County<1>. A portion of Longboat Key extends into Sarasota County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Longboat Key, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1958.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Longboat Key has a population of 7,308 people<2> (see below for details).

Longboat Key is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Longboat Key lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Longboat Key: (941)

The ZIP code for Longboat Key: 34228<4>

Websites for Longboat Key ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Longboat Key had an population of 7,308 people. This is an increase of 6.1% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Longboat Key had a population of 6,888 people. This makes Longboat Key the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Longboat Key represents 0.04% of the population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 186th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,888 people, the population of Longboat Key decreased 9.4% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,603 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Longboat Key.

Communities near Longboat Key ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Longboat Key.

  • Bradenton
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
  • Palmetto
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
  • Holmes Beach
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Anna Maria
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Bradenton Beach
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Bayshore Gardens
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bayshore Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayshore Gardens
    • Bayshore Gardens is located in Manatee County
  • Whitfield
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitfield have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitfield
    • Whitfield is located in Manatee County
  • Sarasota
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
  • Tallevast
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
  • Whitney Beach
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Longboat Key. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Longboat Key.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Longboat Key. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Longboat Key.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Longboat Key. See our Newspapers Page for Longboat Key.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Longboat Key ...

Looking for more information about Longboat Key? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Longboat Key, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Longboat Key.

Adding Longboat Key to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Longboat Key in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Longboat Key was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Longboat Key post office opened in 1958.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Longboat Key.

The official website for Longboat Key:

The official website for Manatee County:

The official website for State of Florida:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Florida's counties, including Manatee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Longboat Key.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Longboat Key - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Longboat Key). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Longboat Key or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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