North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area
|North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA|
|Country||United States of America|
|Principal cities||North Port
|• City||270.4 sq mi (700.4 km2)|
|• Metro||6,137 sq mi (15,896 km2)|
|Population (2009 est.)|
|• Density||2,067.8/sq mi (798.4/km2)|
|• Urban||559,229 (61st)|
|• MSA||688,126 (75th)|
|MSA/CSA = 2009, Urban = 2000|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area is a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consisting of Manatee County and Sarasota County in the state of Florida in the USA. The principal cities in the MSA are Bradenton, located in Manatee County, and Sarasota, and North Port, both located in Sarasota County. At the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 589,959. A July 1, 2009 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 688,126.
History of the designation
The Sarasota Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) was first defined in 1973, and included only Sarasota County. The Bradenton Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area was defined after the 1980 United States Census, and included only Manatee County. The two MSAs were combined in 1993 as the Sarasota-Bradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Venice was added as a principal city after the 2000 census. In 2007, the MSA was renamed the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area because Bradenton's population then exceeded that of Sarasota.  In 2009, it was designated the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota after North Port qualified as a "principal city" under the Metropolitan Statistical Area definition and was determined to be the largest of the area's principal cities. As of 2013, it is named the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA is a component of the larger North Port-Sarasota Combined Statistical Area, which also includes the Punta Gorda, Florida, MSA and the Arcadia, Florida, Micropolitan Statistical Area.
|Five largest cities
(2007 Census Estimate)
The Bradenton-Sarasota area,like most of Florida, is located in the humid subtropical zone (Köppen climate classification:Cfa). There are hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and relatively drier and mild winters.
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