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Geographics: The total land area of Manatee County is 740 square miles. The approximate elevation is 9-17 feet. The average temperature in January is 61.3 degrees and in August it is 82 degrees. The average annual rainfall is 54.3 inches.

Population: The different cities in Manatee County include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, a portion of Long Boat Key and unincorporated land. The total population comes to about 270,771.

The population by age is 0-14 years is 17%, 15-24 years is 10%, 25-44 years is 24%, 45-64 years is 24% and 65+ years is 25%.

The population's total income is $31,064.

Education: During the 2002 school year, there were over 40,00 students enrolled, which was an increase of 16,000 students from last year. The number of schools included 30 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 5 high schools and 1 technical institute.

History: There is much evidence that claims that Manatee County has been settled as far back as the year 1000 A.D. During that time, the residents were Mound Builders and Indians. In 1521, Ponce de Leon attempted to settle here but he was driven away by the Indians. In 1529, Henando de Soto, beginning in Manatee County conducts a DeSoto festival in honor of Hernando de Soto. DeSoto however did not settle in Manatee. The first person to reside in Manatee County is Josiah Gates in 1841. In 1855, Manatee officially became the thirty-first county established in Florida. By 1873 there were nine schools with 200 students enrolled. In May 1878, the first Post Office was officially established. In 1896, the telephone and a telephone line was officially established. In 1900, the Bank of Manatee was established. These landmark events were the start of a very prosperous county.