Bradenton ( BRAY-dən-tən) is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The U. S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2018 population to be 57,644.
Bradenton is a principal city of the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area, which had a 2018 estimated population of 821,573. It is the county seat. Bradenton (originally spelled "Braidentown" and then amended to "Bradentown") was established in 1842. The original town of Bradentown was incorporated in 1903. The city took the name of Dr. Joseph Braden, whose nearby fort-like house was a refuge for early settlers during Seminole Indian attacks. The current city of Bradenton was formed in 1943, when the Florida legislature merged the cities of Manatee (incorporated in 1888) and Bradentown. Historic properties in Bradenton include:Braden Castle Park Historic District, off Manatee Avenue and 27th St EastBradenton Bank and Trust Company Building, 1925, now the Professional Building, 1023 Manatee Avenue, West,Bradenton Carnegie Library, 1405 Fourth Avenue WestIron Block Building, 1896, 530 12th Street West (Old Main Street)Manatee County Courthouse, 1913, 1115 Manatee Avenue, WestOld Manatee County Courthouse, 1860, 1404 Manatee Avenue, EastPeninsular Telephone Company Building, 1925, 1009 4th Avenue, WestAccording to the United States Census Bureau, Bradenton has a total area of 14. 44 square miles (37. 4 km2), of which 12. 11 square miles (31. 4 km2) is land and 2. 33 square miles (6. 0 km2) (16. 14%) is water.