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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Housing
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
  5. Diversity
    B+
  6. Jobs
    B+
  7. Weather
    A
  8. Cost of Living
    B-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    B-
Manatee County is located in Florida with a population of 373,853. 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
373,853

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$218,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,102
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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Manatee County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

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
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 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
    30%
    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
$56,036
National
$55,322

Manatee County Reviews

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for the most part, this is a great place to live just not a lot to do. The schools are very equipped with up to date learning tools that give a cutting edge advantage to the primitive equipment from past skill set programs. With this advantage, you will be a success in the profession you have been trained in including those related to that field. For example, I went to Manatee Technical College for a Patient Care technician. With the skills I learned, I was able to do Home health aide at an Assisted Living facility, I was proficient in organization and time managing to become a manager at Walmart and further my education by enrolling in a University becoming a surgical technologist. Now I am currently a returning student at Manatee Technical College's LPN program that will prepare me, once again, for my future advancements towards becoming a Registered nurse or even a Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
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Manatee County is a nice place. There are many restaurants, parks, shopping centers, etc. One of my favorite activities to do in Manatee County is to go to the beach, especially Ana Maria Island and Bradenton Beach. As much as I love Manatee County, there are some downsides. For instance, the education system put in place. They set a plan to make learning highly based off of technology. Meaning, every classroom had a giant television set. Later on, the use of technology was then restricted. Meanwhile, some classrooms couldn't get a full set of textbooks, let alone ones for at home. The county wasted a large amount of money on items that do not truly benefit students.
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.