Palmetto, Florida

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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 is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 27°31′20″N 82°34′42″W / 27.52222°N 82.57833°W / 27.52222; -82.57833Coordinates: 27°31′20″N 82°34′42″W / 27.52222°N 82.57833°W / 27.52222; -82.57833
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (city)1897
 • TypeStrong Mayor-Commission
 • MayorShirley Groover Bryant
 • Total5.83 sq mi (15.11 km2)
 • Land5.35 sq mi (13.86 km2)
 • Water0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total13,323
 • Density2,490.28/sq mi (961.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code941
FIPS code12-54250[2]
GNIS feature ID0288429[3]

Palmetto is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was listed as 12,606.[4] It is part of the North PortSarasotaBradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Palmetto has been in operation since 1868.[5] Samuel Sparks Lamb is considered the "Father of Palmetto," having surveyed and plotted the city at its outset and donated several plots of land.[6] He owned a general merchandise store in town.[7] Samuel Sparks Lamb was from Clarke County, Mississippi and would arrive in the area near the Manatee River in 1868 establishing Palmetto.[8] The city received its name from the palmetto trees near the original town site.[9] Palmetto would first be incorporated in May 1893 as a village with its first mayor being P.S. Harlee. Palmetto would be reincorporated as a city in 1897 and in the following years grew.[10] In 1902 with the arrival of the railroad, the center of town moved from the waterfront to the Seaboard Air Line train station, served by Sarasota Branch from Turkey Creek near Plant City through Palmetto to 'Bradentown' and Sarasota.[11][12] By 1921, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad would be operating a Tampa Southern Railroad Branch from Tampa to Palmetto and 'Bradentown'.[13]

Compiled during the late 1930s and first published in 1939, the Federal Writers' Project's Florida guide listed Palmetto's population as 3,043 and described it as:

on the north bank of the Manatee River, has low frame-and-brick business buildings and numerous clapboard houses. The riverfront is alive with fishing and pleasure craft. Much of the town's income is derived from the packing and shipping of fruits and vegetables.[14]

— Federal Writers' Project, "Part III: The Florida Loop", Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State (1947)

A dolomite mine existed in Palmetto on the Manatee River from the 1950s to 1974. Several failed attempts were made to redevelop the property. In 1974, the property was almost sold for residential development but the company backed out due to the economic recession that was occurring. In 1978, a proposal was made to create a residential community on the site. The site's master plan contained a nationwide motel chain with a restaurant, high-rise apartments along the Manatee River, single-family houses, and a shopping center built around a lake created from mining activities. The former 214-acre dolomite mine site was bought by WC Riveria Partners. It was then redeveloped in 1998 as Riveria Dunes, a residential community with a marina, townhouses, and homes.[15][16]


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.
U.S. Decennial Census[17]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,606 people, 4,891 households, and 3,192 families residing in the city.[18] 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.[19]

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.


The Mayor of Palmetto is the city's head executive and is elected every four years. The city commission serves as the city's legislative body and has five members. Three of the commissioners are elected from there respective wards while the other two are elected at-large citywide. The city commission has the power to elect a vice-mayor who serves for a one year term.[20]


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).[citation needed]


The metro area has TV broadcasting stations that serve the Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Sarasota (DMA) as defined by Nielsen Media Research.[citation needed]


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.[21][22]

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  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Manatee County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "City of Palmetto Official Website". Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "A Place We Call Home: City of Palmetto". WWSB ABC7. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Speech by Carl D. King "Boat Trip: Cruise from Dock at Cortez to Gamble Mansion on Manatee River"". Manatee County Public Library System: Digital Collection. Retrieved May 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Grimes, David (November 23, 1979). "The Legends Behind Manatee Names". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. pp. 3B. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Parvin, Elizabeth (April 15, 1970). "Early Cultural and Social Life of Manatee County". Manatee County Public Library System: Digital Collection. Retrieved June 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "City of Palmetto, FL - Official Website - History". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Seaboard Air Line Railway, p. 1129". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 42 (8). January 1910.
  13. ^ "Seaboard Air Line Railway, p. 467". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 54 (1). June 1921.
  14. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1947). Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 394. ISBN 9781595342089.
  15. ^ "Palmetto's Dixie Dolomite Plant". Manatee County Public Library System: Digital Collection. Retrieved June 4, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Stockbridge-Pratt, Dorothy (November 24, 2002). "Quarrying Profits". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  17. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  19. ^ "Palmetto City, Florida". Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Code of Ordinances | PART I - CHARTER". Municode. Retrieved August 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Table 6". Official Guide of the Railways. National Railway Publication Company. 99 (7). December 1966.
  22. ^ Seaboard Coast Line timetable, December 15, 1967, Table 19
  23. ^ "Winfield R. Gaylord". Tampa Bay Times. February 24, 1943. p. 15. Retrieved July 3, 2020 – via
  24. ^ Associated Press (November 15, 1978). "Ralph Haben Expected to Win Speaker Post". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida. The New York Times Company. p. 5-C. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  25. ^ WKU Names Willie Taggart New Head Football Coach. Retrieved April 5, 2016

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