Bradenton can be found in southwest Florida, in Manatee County. As of 2012, Bradenton had a population of 50,672 within the city limits, with a greater metropolitan area of about 680,000. Bradenton is also the county seat of Manatee County, with the county’s government sitting within the city. Bradenton was originally found by the Spanish when they first discovered Florida, and as a result of their explorations the city has a lot of historic properties and buildings that it preserves.
Bradenton is a big enough city to have its own airport, with the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport serving the greater metropolitan area. On the ground, many people get around via the Manatee County Area Transit, which is known throughout the city as the MCAT. The MCAT serves multiple neighborhoods inside of the Bradenton area, including Palmetto, Ellenton, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Tallevast, Longboat Key, and Samoset. Buses also take residents to larger cities in the area such as Tampa.