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Manatee County shows population growth

Bradenton showed strong growth between 2013 and 2014, adding approximately 1,213 residents, according to figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Both the city of Bradenton and Manatee County added more residents than did the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County, respectively, but remained behind their neighbors in total population.

Manatee County’s 2014 estimated population was listed at 351,746, up 9,329 over 2013. Sarasota County’s estimated 2014 population was 396,962, up 6,720 over 2013. County population estimates were released earlier this year.

In 2014, Bradenton’s estimated population was 52,769, compared with Sarasota’s estimated 54,214. Most of Manatee County’s growth took place in the Parrish-North River area, and in Lakewood Ranch, Heritage Harbour, and other new East Manatee neighborhoods.

Last year, Longboat Key’s population grew by 76 residents, or 1.08 percent, to an estimated 7,143. Since the 2010 census, it has increased by a total of 3.7 percent.

On Anna Maria Island, there was also minimal growth in the three municipalities.

Holmes Beach’s population last year grew by 54 residents, or 1.33 percent, to 4,098. Since 2010, it has grown by a total of 6.8 percent.

In Bradenton Beach, the population in 2014 grew by 9 residents, or 0.75 percent, to 1,219. This decade, it has grown by a total of 4.1 percent.

And in the city of Anna Maria, the population last year grew by 32 residents, or 2.13 percent, to 1,626. Since 2010, it has grown by 8.18 percent — making it the fastest growing city in the county this decade.

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