On the Gulf Coast of Florida, there are few Destinations with more scenic, pure-sanded beaches than Bradenton. The principal city of the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area, Bradenton is nicknamed ‘The Friendly City’, and it lives up to that moniker, welcoming both residents and visitors with its warmth and good weather. Housing options are plentiful in Bradenton, ranging from classic Floridian-style bungalows with terracotta roofing to expansive, five-bedroom, Plantation homes with all the extras.
Many unique facets of the city, such as the Village of the Arts, make Bradenton’s neighborhoods special. Just south of the downtown area, this village is a renovated community that serves both its residents and visitors by supporting working artists who revitalize dilapidated buildings into studios, galleries, restaurants, shops, and more. This is the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast. Other notable neighborhoods include the Cortez Fishing Village and DeSoto Square. Residents also enjoy the recreational opportunities provided to them by the many parks and historical areas that pepper each of the districts within Bradenton, such as the Manatee Village Historical Park, Myakka River State Park, Palma Sola Botanical Park, and the Palmetto Historical Park. Whether you live downtown or in the outlying areas, access to green space is close at hand.
One of the largest headquarters in Bradenton is the well-known Tropicana juice brand, not surprising since the area is a major producer of oranges. The Tropicana juice production facilities have been located in Bradenton for many years, and provide an abundance of jobs to the community. National department store Bealls and major sports supplier Champs Sports both have headquarters in Bradenton, too. Additionally, the local school system and the local government provide many jobs in teaching, facilitation, and administration to Bradenton employees, particularly since Bradenton is the county seat of Manatee County. Other popular categories of employment in the area are retail, customer service, recreation, leisure and hospitality, health services, and business services.