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What Bradenton is like for active adults

Bradenton is a city of just under 50,000 on the west coast of Florida. It calls itself the friendly city. It is located between Tampa and Sarasota on Tampa Bay and the Manatee River. One of the most interesting things about Bradenton is it's Village Arts Center, a reclaimed and specially zoned area where artists an live and work. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold their annual spring training here at McKechnie Field. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: charming gallery by bpage and South Florida Museum by Ebyabe.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The median sales price of a home in Bradenton was about $206,850, according to  The city's newer neighborhoods are in the east, although these areas have been harder hit with foreclosures than the older neighborhoods on the west and closer to the Gulf.  There are numerous active adult and 55+ communities in this area from Tampa to Sarasota. See "Find a Community" Directory for Florida above.

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What is special about this retirement community

Bradenton offers easy access to beaches and boating. It is a big town for art because of the Viilage Arts Center, which spans 36 acres and has 200 homes in it. Each gallery and studio is a home. Many retirees find the area attractive. Baseball fans love watching the Pirates get ready for the season.

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What is not special about this retirement community

This is an older part of Florida so there is some crime, plus traffic and suburban sprawl on busy Route 41.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

People looking for an inexpensive place on the west coast of Florida and low-key living style might like Bradenton.

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Local economy is driven by

Tourism and retirement are big drivers. Tropicana's juice production is centered here and is one of the largest employers.

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Climate and Physical Environment

Bradenton is on the west coast of Florida between Tampa and Sarasota to the south.  The average January temperature is about 60 and the average July temperature is about 80.  Expect a daily rainshower in the summer.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

ArtCenter Manatee is the center for art and art education with a nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton featuring  three galleries, five classrooms, an Artists Market gift shop and an art library; The Village Arts Center, which provides special downtown zoning for artists, gives the town an artsy flair; there is the South Florida Museum, a planaferium, and an aquarium; the Village of the Arts remains the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast;  Bradenton's Riverfront Theatre.

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The crime rate is a bit above the national average.

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Medical facilities

Manatee Memorial Hospital serves Bradenton, along with several other medical centers. Nearby Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, and Sarasota have every kind of medical facility and specialist.

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Sarasota/Bradenton Airport offers regular air service. I 75 goes through town.  Bradenton is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Valuable Links

Bradenton Village of the Arts

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Facts about BRADENTON
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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