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Official seal of Palmetto
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Palmetto, Florida is located in the United States
Palmetto, Florida
Palmetto, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
County Manatee
Incorporated (city) 1897
 • Type Strong Mayor-Commission
 • Total 5.83 sq mi (15.11 km2)
 • Land 5.35 sq mi (13.86 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 13,323
 • Density 2,490.28/sq mi (961.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-54250
GNIS feature ID 0288429

Palmetto is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was listed as 12,606. It is part of the North PortSarasotaBradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Palmetto has been in operation since 1868. Samuel Sparks Lamb is considered the "Father of Palmetto," having surveyed and plotted the city at its outset and donated several plots of land. He owned a general merchandise store in town. The city received its name from the palmetto trees near the original town site.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.3 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.92%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 224
1900 569 154.0%
1910 773 35.9%
1920 2,046 164.7%
1930 3,043 48.7%
1940 3,491 14.7%
1950 4,103 17.5%
1960 5,556 35.4%
1970 7,422 33.6%
1980 8,637 16.4%
1990 9,268 7.3%
2000 12,571 35.6%
2010 12,606 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,606 people, 4,891 households, and 3,192 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,865 inhabitants per square mile (1,106/km2). There were 6,729 housing units at an average density of 1,529.4 per square mile (590.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.10% White, 10.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 14.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.3% of the population.

There were 4,891 total households: 3,192 (65.3%) family households and 1,699 (34.7%) non-family households. Of the 3,192 family households 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present. Within all households, 28.1% were made up of householders living alone and 14.8% had the individual living alone and was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In Palmetto, the age distribution among the population includes 24.8% being 19 years old and under, 5.6% from 20 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.012 males. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 98.86 females.


Palmetto is home to Blackburn, Palmetto, James Tillman, Virgil Mills and Palmview Elementary Schools, Lincoln and Buffalo Creek Middle Schools and Palmetto High School. Charter schools include Manatee School for the Arts (grades 6–12), Imagine School of North Manatee (grades K–8), and Palmetto Charter School (grades K–8).


US Route 41 and US Route 301 converge in Palmetto.

The Atlantic Coast Line's West Coast Champion passenger train into Palmetto, from New York bound for Sarasota, ceased making stops in Palmetto after the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Coast Line merged in 1967 into the Seaboard Coast Line and Palmetto was dropped as a stop.

Notable people

  • George Dickie, philosopher
  • Eric Engberg, former CBS News correspondent
  • Winfield R. Gaylord, Wisconsin state senator, socialist politician, minister
  • Ralph Haben, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Tom Hume, former pitcher and coach for Cincinnati Reds
  • Curtis Johnson, sprinter in the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Nick Neri, race car driver
  • Mistral Raymond, former NFL defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings and former captain at the University of South Florida
  • Willie Taggart, head coach for Florida Atlantic Owls football, former head coach of Florida State Seminoles football, Oregon Ducks football and South Florida Bulls football

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