The city of Bradenton's population increased by an estimated 320 people between July 2008 and July 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.
As of July 1, 2009, Bradenton's population was an estimated 53,973, less than two-thirds of a percentage point more than the 53,653 city residents a year earlier. Since 2000, when census officials counted 49,504 residents, the city's population has increased by more than 9 percent, according to estimates.
The Census Bureau today released population estimates for sub-county groups, like cities and towns, as of July 1, 2009. County population estimates were released earlier this month.
Despite the slow growth, Bradenton still holds a population edge over the city of Sarasota.
Sarasota's population on July 1, 2009, was an estimated 52,025. A year earlier, it was 51,947.
The population dropped in two of the other five cities in Manatee County.
In Palmetto, the county's second-largest city, there were 14,407 residents, five fewer than a year before. Since 2000, when there were 12,571 Palmetto residents, the population has increased by 14.6 percent.
And in Longboat Key, which straddles the Manatee-Sarasota county line, there were 7,263 residents on July 1, 2009, seven fewer than a year earlier. In 2000, Longboat Key had a population of 7,603.
The three municipalities on Anna Maria Island all had small population gains, as of July 1:
-- Holmes Beach had 5,119 residents, 121 more than the year before. In 2000, the city had 4,966 residents.
-- The city of Anna Maria had an estimated 1,831 residents, eight more than the year before. In 2000, the city had 1,814 residents.
-- Bradenton Beach had an estimated 1,577 residents, 22 more than the year before. In 2000, the city had 1,482 residents.
Earlier this month, the census bureau released county population estimates that showed Manatee County had an estimated 318,361 residents on July 1, 2009, -- 2,302, or about three-fourths of a percentage point, more than the year before.
Since 2000, Manatee's population has increased by 20.6 percent.
An analysis of both sets of data reveals that as of July 1, 2009, almost 74 percent of Manatee County residents lived in unincorporated portions of the county. In 2000, 71.5 percent of Manatee residents did not live in an incorporated city.
The number of residents in unincorporated Manatee has jumped by 25.9 percent since the 2000 census, from 186,062 to 234,191, as of July 1, 2009.
The new estimates are not 2010 Census population counts. They are, however, the last estimates to use 2000 Census results as a base, according to the census bureau.
"The city estimates are based on 2000 Census data updated to reflect legal boundary changes, housing unit estimates updated to reflect inputs such as building permits, and county population estimates," a news release states.