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Bradenton: An Amenity-Rich Community

Known as the "Friendly City," Bradenton is a growing Florida community that's nestled just south of Tampa and the Manatee River. Here, you'll enjoy easy access to some of the state's best beaches, as well as a plethora of notable arts and cultural destinations.

Although Bradenton's population has grown by a staggering 20% over the last ten years, it still manages to maintain the small-town charm that its residents know and love. So if you're looking for a tight-knit community filled with beautiful homes and plenty of five-star attractions, Bradenton could be the right place for you.

Discover the Bradenton Lifestyle

Here's our essential guide with everything you need to know.

Population

59,439

Zip Codes

34201–34212 & 34280–34282

County

Manatee

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How to Live Like a Local

town hall

Things to Do & Places to See

Bradenton is a city rich in both history and culture—and as more people make the move to this ever-changing city, it's becoming a destination for artists, performers, and other exciting cultural endeavors. Of course, residents also love being just minutes away from the Gulf, as well as a variety of pristine white sand beaches.

Want to discover the highlights of Bradenton? Take some time to explore the city's historic downtown, which spans nearly a dozen blocks in the northwestern side of town. Other top spots include the Bradenton Riverwalk, the Village of the Arts, and the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

If you'd rather spend some time soaking up the sun, the city also has plenty of parks from which to choose. Spend the afternoon relaxing along the shores of the river or the bay, pay a visit to DeSoto National Memorial Park, or get in touch with nature at the Robinson Preserve.

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Unbelievable Accolades

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"Happiest Cities in the United States" – National Geographic Explorer

Bradenton's residents are among the happiest in the entire nation—maybe it's the combination of vibrant attractions, stunning beaches, and affordable homes that has them smiling all the time!

"Best Place for Small Business" – American City Business Journal

This city's booming economy fosters an ideal environment for entrepreneurs to launch their own businesses.

"High-Performing Hospitals" – US News & World Report

Is healthcare an important factor in your home search? Bradenton's Blake Medical Center was recently ranked as a high-performing hospital, so you'll know you're receiving care you can trust.

"Seventh Best Place to Retire in Florida" – Wallet Hub

It's no secret that Florida is one of the best retirement destinations in the nation, which has helped to put Bradenton on the map.

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There's Even More to Love

Schools

Even if you don’t have children, investing in a home with a top-rated school district can boost the value of your property over time. Students living in Bradenton are served by the stellar Manatee County Public School District.

Bradenton is also home to two high-performing charter schools: the Manatee School for the Arts and the State College of Florida Collegiate School.

Healthcare

Bradenton residents can take advantage of top-rated healthcare at the Blake Medical Center or Manatee Memorial Hospital. Both of these award-winning facilities offer a high standard of care, and they're also close to nearby specialty facilities.

For more minor injuries and illnesses, you can head to the Manatee Urgent Care, which is located on Manatee Avenue.

Shopping & Dining

Bradenton has always been loved for its unique selection of small shops and big box retailers. Head downtown to check out the galleries of the Village of the Arts, or pick up some treasures at Tide & Moon Jewelry and The Rusty Crickett. And if you're looking for some larger stores, you'll probably find them at West Gate.

Once you've worked up an appetite, be sure to stop by one of Bradenton's top eateries to sample the local flavors. We recommend trying the seafood from Anna Maria Oyster Bar, enjoying the river views at PIER 22, or stopping by for a slice at Danny's Pizzeria.

Communities

Bradenton features a variety of condo and single-family homes from which to choose, as well as plenty of retirement, golf, and waterfront communities. So start dreaming of your perfect place—you'll probably find it within your price range, too!

Homes in the area typically sell around the mid-$200ks, but this number can vary depending on size and location. Buyers should also expect to pay a bit more for waterfront views.

Discover the Best of Florida

If you’ve been thinking about making a move to Bradenton, now is the perfect time to find your niche. The Kotaska Team is proud to help buyers put down roots in Florida’s best resort communities, and we’re excited to help you find the right fit! Let us know if you have any questions—we’re only a phone call away.

Thinking about selling? We can certainly help with that, too.

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