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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

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Manatee County, Florida

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Manatee County is a county in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 322,833. The county was created in 1855. The county seat and largest city is Bradenton. Manatee county is named for the Florida manatee (commonly called a "sea cow" and distantly related to the elephant), which is endangered and Florida's official marine mammal.

Manatee County is included in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Manatee County Name

Manatee county is named for the Florida manatee (commonly called a "sea cow" and distantly related to the elephant), which is endangered and Florida's official marine mammal.

Demographics:

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Manatee County History

Manatee County was created in 1855. The county is named for the manatee or sea cow.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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.

 Manatee county is located close to the center of Florida .De Soto National Memorial, Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Manatee State Park, and Myakka River State Park are located in Manatee county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Hillsborough County
  • Northeast: Polk County
  • East: Hardee County
  • Southeast: DeSoto County
  • South: Sarasota County
  • Southwest: Gulf of Mexico
  • Northwest: Tampa Bay

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