Census: Bradenton's population up by more than 1,200 people in 2014

The city of Bradenton's population increased by an estimated 1,213 people, or 2.35 percent, in 2014, according to the U.S. Census.

That brings the city's estimated population to 52,769, the Census said in a report released Thursday.

By comparison, Sarasota's population last year grew by 1.77 percent to an estimated 54,214.

Since 2010, when the Census found 49,546 residents in Bradenton, the city's estimated population has increased by 6.5 percent.

During that same period, Manatee County's population increased by almost 9 percent to 351,746, indicating that areas in unincorporated Manatee, like Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, are growing this decade at a faster pace than the county's cities. County population estimates were released earlier this year.

Manatee's other incorporated cities did not grow last year at the same pace as Bradenton.

Palmetto's estimated population in 2014 grew by 74 residents, or 0.56 percent, to 13,082. It has grown by almost 3.8 percent since 2010.

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.

Last year, Longboat Key's population, which is split between Manatee and Sarasota counties, 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.