MANATEE — Manatee County’s rate of population growth remained at a crawl last year according to U.S. Census population estimates released Tuesday.
From July 1, 2008, to July, 1, 2009, the county’s estimated population increased from 316,059 to 318,361, or 0.73 percent. It was the third straight year that Manatee’s population had increased by less than 1 percent, corresponding with the decline in the economy.
In the first six years of the decade, the average rate of growth for Manatee was 2.8 percent - peaking in 2004-2005 at 3.45 percent.
Overall, Manatee’s population between the U.S. Census in April 2000 and July 1, 2009, increased by an estimated 20.5 percent, from 264,002 to 318,361.
Manatee last year did outpace population grown statewide. Between July 2008 and July 2009, Florida’s population increased by 0.62 percent to more than 18.5 million.
Sarasota County’s population last year increased by 0.68 percent, from 354.059 on July 1, 2008, to an estimated 363,146 on July 1, 2009.Since the 2000 census, Sarasota’s population increased by 13.4 percent.
“The new estimates are not 2010 Census population counts. They are,however, the last estimates to use 2000 Census results as a base,” a Census Bureau news release states.
“The 2011 population estimates will be the first in the estimates series to be based on the 2010 Census population counts.”