Manatee County, Florida

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Manatee County is a county in the state of Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county was 315,766.[1] Its county seat is Bradenton, Florida.[2]

Manatee County is part of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area. Every January, the Manatee County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds.



The area now known as "Manatee County" was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. It may have been the landing site for the De Soto Expedition. Manatee County was created in 1855. It was named for the manatee or sea cow, which also appears on the county seal.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 893 square miles (2,313 km2). 741 square miles (1,919 km2) of it is land and 152 square miles (394 km2) of it (16.99%) is water.

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