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  • Palmetto - Population of about 14,000, the city limits encompass approximately 7 square miles.  An incorporated city, with elected mayor an city commission, Palmetto sits on the Terra Ceia Bay and the northern shore of the Manatee River.  Parts of greater Palmetto border the Gulf of Mexico.  The population of the overall area is about 22,000, including Terra Ceia, Memphis, and Gillette.

  • Parrish - Primarily comprised of sprawling agriculture land, recently developed as residential neighborhoods,  - covers about 140 square miles.  The sparse population is about 16,000 and is governed by Manatee County.  Essentially located east of I-75 (beyond Ellenton), north of the  Manatee River to the county line.

  • ​Ellenton- Populated by about 3,500 permanent residents, Ellenton is an unincorporated community and relies on Manatee County as its governing body.  Located on the northern banks of the Manatee River and both sides of I-75, its primary claim to fame is the Ellenton Prime Outlets mall.

  • ​Anna Maria - Located on the northern 1/3 of Anna Maria Island, with a population of about 2,000, Anna Maria might be the quietest part of the island.  Pine Street is where most of the businesses are located, along with the pier.  The city is incorporated with its own elected officials and government.

  • Holmes Beach - With about 4,100 permanent residents, Holmes Beach is the most densely populated part of the island.  It is located in the center 1/3 of the island and is an incorporated city with its own government.

  • Bradenton Beach - Though Bradenton Beach has a population is only 1,200, it is the busiest part of the island.  Located on the southern 1/3 of Anna Maria Island, it has the heaviest concentration of vacation rentals, and restaurants, centered largely around Historic Bridge Street.

  • Myakka City - Lying in rural eastern Manatee County, due east of the city of Sarasota, Myakka City is a sparsely populated unincorporated town of about 6,000 people.

  • Bradenton - Bradenton lies on the banks of the Manatee River and the Intracoastal Waterway.  The city is the home of over 54,000 full time residents.  The greater Bradenton area is the permanent home to approximately 240,000 people (not including these other named areas listed here.)  Bradenton is the seat of the county government and has its own city government, as well.

  • Lakewood Ranch - With a population of 20,000, Lakewood Ranch is the largest unincorporated town in Manatee County.  It is a planned community with schools, a hospital, and businesses and falls under the governing umbrella of Manatee County.  It lies east of I-75, primarily between State Road 64 and University Parkway.  Parts of Lakewood Ranch lie in Sarasota County, but are mostly undeveloped.​​