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Situated along the picturesque Gulf Coast of Florida, Palmetto emerges as a charming waterfront community, beckoning with a rich history and a serene coastal ambiance. Situated midway between the vibrant cities of Tampa / St. Petersburg to the north and the cultural haven of Sarasota to the south, Palmetto stands as a hidden gem within the North Port– Sarasota–Bradenton metropolitan statistical area.

The roots of Palmetto trace back to 1868 when Samuel Sparks Lamb, hailed as the "Father of Palmetto," arrived and bestowed upon the town its name, inspired by his home state, South Carolina, also known as the "Palmetto State." With its official declaration as a city in the Sunshine State signed in 1897, Palmetto began its journey as a thriving community with a unique blend of history and coastal allure.

The arrival of the railroad in 1902 marked a transformative era for Palmetto, shifting the town's center of activity closer to the railroad depot on 10th Street. This development ushered in a period of stability, as the railroad facilitated a steady supply of bricks, leading to the construction of more durable buildings that replaced the previous waterfront structures. Palmetto's growth was further fueled by its reputation for abundant fruit and vegetable production, contributing to the rise of some of the nation's most familiar consumer brands.

For those seeking natural wonders, Palmetto boasts attractions that showcase the region's beauty. The Felts Audubon Preserve, a haven for bird enthusiasts, offers serene trails through lush landscapes, providing a tranquil escape. Emerson Point Preserve, with its panoramic views of Tampa Bay, beckons with historical sites and scenic hiking trails, inviting residents to connect with nature. The Palmetto Historical Park allows visitors to step back in time, exploring the city's heritage through meticulously preserved structures and artifacts. Meanwhile, the Manatee Convention Center stands as a hub for cultural events and community gatherings, adding vibrancy to the city's social tapestry.

Palmetto's appeal lies not only in its storied past but also in the plethora of recreational and cultural offerings that enhance its present. Whether you're drawn to the peaceful trails of preserves, the immersive historical experiences, or the dynamic community events, Palmetto offers a lifestyle that seamlessly blends history, nature, and modern conveniences. For those considering a move to this coastal haven, Palmetto extends an invitation to embrace its unique charm and become part of a community that treasures its roots while embracing the possibilities of the future.

Overview for Palmetto, FL

13,304 people live in Palmetto, where the median age is 49.1 and the average individual income is $29,252. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.1 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Palmetto, FL

Palmetto has 4,796 households, with an average household size of 2.73. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palmetto do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,304 people call Palmetto home. The population density is 2,486.52 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.64 / 51.36%

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Schools in Palmetto, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Palmetto. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Hospital Homebound Instruction
K - 12th
No rating available
Just For Girls Middle School
6th - 8th
No rating available
Manatee School For The Arts
6th - 12th
Manatee Virtual Instruction Program
K - 12th
No rating available
Manatee Virtual School ( Virtual Franchise)
1st - 12th
No rating available
Lincoln Memorial Academy
6th - 8th
Palmetto Elementary School
PreK - 5th
9th - 12th
Palmetto Charter School
PreK - 8th

Around Palmetto, FL

There's plenty to do around Palmetto, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Manatee Ave market, Sugarpaste Cake Company, and Vampire Penguin Bradenton.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.03 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.91 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.53 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.62 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.91 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.11 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
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