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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Manatee County is located in Florida with a population of 363,542. Manatee County is one of the best places to live in Florida. In Manatee County, most residents own their homes. In Manatee County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Manatee County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Manatee County are above average.
Population
363,542

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,057
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Manatee County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    328.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    94.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    353.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,899.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    118.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Manatee County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,408
National
$55,322

Manatee County Reviews

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In my 27th years of living in Manatee County, this place is called home. I was born and raised here. I grew up in palmetto FL with both my parents and 3 siblings. I currently reside in Ellenton fl. its absolutely beautiful here! quiet, peaceful and clean. this is the best place I've lived and have no intentions on leaving anytime soon. What I enjoy about Manatee County is that everyone is very friendly and everything is convenient. There are many things that can keep your mind occupied and active. The warm weather is perfect if you love going to the beach. It took a minute for me to grasp an understanding of how lucky I was to grow up in Bradenton Florida. I would like to see the amount of drug use drastically decrease. I have had too many people I went to school with in high school die because of drug overdoses or crime due to being in the wrong place at the right time.
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In my many years of living in Manatee County, I have met many great people through both churches and their vast connections as well as through my job at Publix. Plus the neighborhoods around my area are much safer than places I won't call out.
As of late, there has been much more development. There is practically a highway outside of my neighboorhood now, which was much less busy merely a few years ago.
My small town is growing just as I am, there are plenty of small businesses, but most things are half an hour away. But in the coming years, this area should develop nicly.
Manatee County has been my home for the past twelve years, and it has been a wonderful place to grow up. I've gone to elementary, middle, and high school here, and have completed them knowing that I gained a great deal, and not just knowledge. I've made life-long friends here, and will always have a sense of home here.