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City of Bradenton, Florida
—  City  —

Nickname(s): The Friendly City[1]
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°29′18″N 82°34′40″W / 27.48833°N 82.57778°W / 27.48833; -82.57778Coordinates: 27°29′18″N 82°34′40″W / 27.48833°N 82.57778°W / 27.48833; -82.57778
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Manatee
Settled 1842
Incorporated (city) 1903
 - Type Mayor/Council (5)
 - Mayor Wayne H. Poston
 - Council Ward 1 Gene Gallo
 - Council Ward 2 Marianne Barnebey
 - Council Ward 3 Patrick Roff
 - Council Ward 4 Bemis Smith
Area [2] 1
 - City 14.44 sq mi (37.4 km2)
 - Land 12.11 sq mi (31.4 km2)
 - Water 2.33 sq mi (6.0 km2)  16.14%
Elevation [3] 3 6 ft (1.83 m)
Population (1 July 2007)[4] 2
 - City 53,471
 Density 4,088.5/sq mi (1,578.6/km2)
 Metro 682,833
  Census estimates
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34201-34212, 34280-34282
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-07950[5]
GNIS feature ID 0279311[6]

Bradenton (pronounced "BRAY-den-ton") is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2007 population to be 53,471.[4] Bradenton is the largest Principal City of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2007 estimated population of 682,833.[7] It is the county seat.[8]



Old Main Street c. 1910

It was discovered in 1539 by Hernando De Soto, who began his search for legendary El Dorado at Shaw's Point. The city took the name of Dr. Joseph Braden, whose nearby fortlike house was a refuge for early settlers during Seminole Indian attacks. The current city of Bradenton was formed in 1943, when the Florida legislature merged the cities of Manatee (incorporated in 1888) and Bradentown (incorporated in 1903).[9]


Bradenton is located at 27°29′18″N 82°34′40″W / 27.488217°N 82.577743°W / 27.488217; -82.577743.[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.44 square miles (37.4 km2). 12.11 square miles (31.4 km2) of it is land and 2.33 square miles (6.0 km2) of it (16.14%) is water.

Bradenton beaches

Bradenton is located on US 41 between Tampa and Sarasota. The area is surrounded by waterways, both fresh and saltwater. Along the Gulf of Mexico and into Tampa Bay are over 20 miles of Florida beaches - many which are shaded by Australian pines. Bordered on the north by the Manatee River, Bradenton is located on the mainland and is separated from the outer barrier islands of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key by the Intracoastal Waterway. Anna Maria Bayfront Park located on the north end of Anna Maria island is a park overlooking Tampa Bay. The business district and community of Bradenton Beach on the southern end of Anna Maria island is oriented toward vacationers who come to enjoy the surrounding beaches. Longboat Key, the next barrier island south, is popular with shell hunters along its beaches.[citation needed]

Downtown Bradenton is located on the west side of the city. Home to many of Bradenton's offices and government buildings, it is a lively place with new buildings currently under construction. The tallest is the Bradenton Financial Center, 12 stories high, with its trademark blue-green windows. It is currently owned by BFC Joint Ventures. Employee Leasing Solutions lease office space and the sign on top of the building. Next tallest is the brand new Manatee County Judicial Center with eight floors, located next to the historic courthouse.[citation needed]

The Eastern side of Bradenton is growing at a rapid rate. Initially starting as the popular subdivision Lakewood Ranch, it is now becoming a heavily populated part of town. Most of the communities are newer than in West Bradenton. However the majority of foreclosures in Manatee County takes place in that area due to the fact, that a much higher loss in value happened compared to the areas of West Bradenton which is located nearer to the beaches.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 49,504 people, 21,379 households, and 12,720 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,578.3/km2 (4,088.5/mi2). There were 24,887 housing units at an average density of 793.5/km2 (2,055.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.14% White, 15.11% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.91% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.26% of the population. There were 21,379 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,902, and the median income for a family was $42,366. Males had a median income of $28,262 versus $23,292 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,133. About 9.7% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.


Tropicana Products is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi, an Italian immigrant, it has grown to over 8,000 employees in 2004, and has markets its products throughout the United States. It has been owned by PepsiCo, Inc. since 1998. Tropicana has entered a business deal with CSX to haul their famous juice trains, a relationship in effect since 1971. In 2003, Tropicana's corporate headquarters were relocated to Chicago when PepsiCo consolidated their beverage business after the acquisition of Gatorade, but their juice production still remains in Bradenton. Champs Sports, a nationwide sports-apparel chain, is headquartered in Bradenton, as is department store chain Bealls. Bradenton has been hit considerably hard by the United States housing market correction, as reported by CNN, projecting a 24.8% loss in median home values by the third quarter of 2008. [1]


Colleges near Bradenton include State College of Florida(formerly Manatee Community College), New College of Florida, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Gordon University[2] and Manatee Technical Institute. Some of the middle schools are Martha B. King Middle School, W. D. Sugg Middle School, Louise R. Johnson Middle School, Braden River Middle School, Sara Scott Harllee Middle School, Electa Lee Middle School, St. Joseph's Catholic Schoool, and Carlos E. Haile Middle School. High schools include Manatee School for the Arts, Southeast High School, Bayshore High School, Palmetto High School (Florida), Manatee High School, Braden River High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Community Christian School[11] ,Bradenton Christian School, the oldest private Christian school in the county, the Out of Door Academy, and Saint Stephen's Episcopal School[12]. The University of South Florida also maintains a Sarasota-Manatee branch which serves college students in the area. New College of Florida, the state's honors college, is located on the border between Bradenton and Sarasota. International Theological Seminary is headquartered in Bradenton. The world-renowned tennis academy, run by Nick Bollettieri, bears a Bradenton address. The academy is managed by IMG and is also the home of the David Leadbetter junior golf academy. IMG also runs the IMG Soccer Academy for the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) full-time residency program for the US Under 17 Men's National Team. The Bradenton facilities graduates include U.S. international soccer stars, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Freddy Adu.


Bradenton is served by Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in nearby Sarasota, Florida and is connected to St. Petersburg, Florida by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The Sunshine Skyway is a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) cross-bay bridge that rises 250 feet (76 m) above the bay at its highest point. Remnants of the old Skyway bridge have been converted into a fishing pier extending into Tampa Bay from both sides of the bay.

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses serve Bradenton, with transfers to Sarasota and Palmetto. Trolleys run north-south on Anna Maria Island. Amtrak charter buses run through downtown Bradenton outside the courthouse to Tampa Union Station and Venice.




Radio Stations

Bradenton is located in the Sarasota-Bradenton radio market. It also receives many stations from the nearby Tampa-St. Petersburg market.

The stations listed below are located and/or licensed in Bradenton or Manatee County:

  • WBRD - 1420 AM
  • WWPR - 1490AM
  • WJIS - 88.1
  • WLLD - 94.1 FM (Formerly 98.7FM) (studios and transmitter in Pinellas County)
  • WHPT - 102.5FM (Sarasota; transmitter in Manatee County; studios in St. Petersburg)
  • WCTQ - 106.5FM "Bradenton's Country"
  • FLZ - 93.3FM

Television stations

Bradenton and Manatee County are located in the Tampa Bay television market. WWSB channel 7, the local ABC affiliate, is based in Sarasota, but has a transmitter in Parrish, northeast of Bradenton. WXPX channel 66, the local Ion Television affiliate, is licensed in Bradenton, with analog facilities in Manatee County (at WHPT's site), and digital facilities in Riverview, in Hillsborough County.and 100.7 MIX


Bradenton's Riverfront Theatre has a three-year record of first-place wins within the Florida Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference competitions. In addition, the theatre currently holds the first place title from the American Association of Community Theatre competition.

Located on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton is the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium. This one-stop museum-planetarium-aquarium offers a glimpse of Florida history, a star and laser show, and viewing of Snooty and other live manatees.

ArtCenter Manatee in downtown Bradenton is Manatee County's premiere visual arts center featuring the artwork of many talented local, state & national artists.

Bradenton also is home to the Village of the Arts[3], a neighborhood immediately south of downtown where special zoning laws allow residents to live and work in their homes. As a result, about 50 of these once dilapidated houses have been converted into studios, galleries, small restaurants and other small businesses, mostly catering to the arts. The Village of the Arts prides itself as the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast.

Because of the Village of the Arts, the City of Bradenton was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 cities in the country for working artists by Art Calendar, a business magazine for visual artists.[13]

Famous residents

Among famous residents of Bradenton are tennis players Iva Majoli, Max Mirnyi, Tommy Haas, Jelena Janković, Mary Pierce, Taylor Dent, and Maria Sharapova. Many successful tennis players have called Bradenton home at one point or another, as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy is located in the city. Pro Wrestler Nick DeMichael was born and raised in Bradenton, and attended Bayshore High School for 3 1/2 years. Peter Warrick, Tommie Frazier, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Monica Seles all went to high school in Bradenton. In addition to tennis, the United States National Soccer Academy is located in Bradenton and is known for producing players such as Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Jozy Altidore, and Eddie Johnson. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Lastings Milledge was born in Bradenton. Dick Vitale, golfers Paul Azinger and Tony Jacklin, and American Reporter founder and editor Joe Shea also call Bradenton home. Bradenton is the home of Danielle White, the winner of American Juniors. Bradenton was in the national news in July 2007 as the home of NBA referee Tim Donaghy, the central figure of an NBA gambling scandal. The drummer for The Moody Blues, Graeme Edge also calls Bradenton his home, The famous saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis was born in Bradenton. The Pop punk band We The Kings are also from Bradenton and have written a song about it titled This Is Our Town. They attended King Middle and Manatee High along with Chris Wood of Bradentones/The Ska-Munists fame. Popular techno disc jockey and Billboard (magazine)-charted dance artist DJ Sharaz calls Bradenton home. Baltimore Ravens cornerback, Fabian Washington was born and raised in Bradenton, and graduated from Bayshore High School. 2000 USA Track & Field Olympian Curtis Johnson Jr. was born in Bradenton. Representing the fine arts, world renowned violinist James Ehnes and Danish Folk Yodeler and Musicologist Amy Lobasso also call Bradenton their home.

Points of interest

LaTorence Williams. Ellsworth Community college and SMSU football. All american and area football Souix Falls storm. Also, Snookie has become a recent resident of Bradenton, Florida.

See also

Manatee Chamber of Commerce


  1. ^ City of Bradenton website
  2. ^ "Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density:2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Bradenton, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (XLS). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Mannix, Vin (17 June 2007). "The founding of the Manatee settlement". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  13. ^ 10 Great Towns for Working Artists

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