The North Port-Bradenton–Sarasota, Florida 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.
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 2009, the MSA took on its present name when North Port surpassed Bradenton as the area's most populous city.
The Bradenton-Sarasota area,like most of Florida, is located in the humid subtropical
zone (Köppen climate classification
). There are hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms
and relatively drier and mild winters.
- - retrieved July 17, 2008