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Bradenton, FL
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City Guide
An Aqua-licious Treat

If you’re a sucker for a city surrounded by majestic bodies of water, you’re in for a treat in Bradenton, which is home to more than 20 miles of pristine beaches along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Manatee River. Popular aqua-centric activities include fishing off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or in Cortez Fishing Village, checking out the slapstick shenanigans of the sea creatures at the Parker Manatee Aquarium, and swimming, jet skiing, or riding the waves along the shores of Bradenton Beach or Ana Maria Island. Obviously, Bradenton is a popular destination for tourists (loud shirts and floppy hats will inevitably give their identities away), so hopefully you don’t mind sharing the streets with snowbirds and vacationers.

If you’re in the mood, however, to have some fun away from the beach, you can always take in the architectural sites of the Braden Castle Park Historic District, try your luck at one of the many top-notch golf courses in the area, or visit the multi-purpose South Florida Museum. Another Bradenton must-see is the funky Village of the Arts colony, whose 200 homes and 36 acres play host to a mish-mash of art galleries, studios, workshops, and cafes.

When the mood to whoop it up night owl-style strikes, meanwhile, you’ll be glad to know Bradenton is home of a vibrant nightlife scene that includes a mixture of jazz and blues bars, corner pubs, sports bars, and beachside watering holes.

Paying for Paradise

Obviously, tourism is the driving force of the local economy, and many residents bring home the bacon by working for one of the city’s countless tourist traps. However, tourism isn’t the only breadwinner, as numerous other large corporations – mostly notably Tropicana O.J., Champs sporting goods, and Bealls department store – are headquartered within city limits. Numerous other companies have set up shop in downtown Bradenton or in the Financial Center skyscraper, while the various business opportunities in Sarasota and Tampa Bay are located just 10 and 30 miles away, respectively. In other words, you shouldn’t have a problem bucking up each month for that super sweet apartment you’re just itching to move into.

The Lay of the Land

Bradenton is generally safe, although, like any city, it has its iffy areas, including some of the neighborhoods on either side of Old 301 Hwy and near Palmetto. Numerous apartments and lofts in the $1000 range have sprung up in recent years in the eclectic, coveted downtown area. Meanwhile, the city’s eastern half, especially the Lakewood Ranch area, continues to see its population swell with new homeowners and leasers, as well. Generally, the most modern homes and apartments are situated on the east side, whereas the more historic and colorful properties are located near the waterfront in West Bradenton. It’s hard to go wrong with either area, but we still recommend scouting out a neighborhood in advance to see if you’re comfortable with its vibes before pursuing a lease there.

Leasing Tips

Of all the city’s charms, perhaps affordability is its most alluring. Studios can be found in abundance for less than $700 and even spacious (1000-plus square foot) multi-BR apartments are available for about a grand. Lots of affordable senior housing is available as well, and many units offer both short and long-term leasing options. Pet-friendly rentals can be tough to come by if your four-legged friend is tipping the scale at more than 25 pounds (with 50 lbs. being the absolute limit), so if your roommate is a Great Dane or a saltwater alligator, you’ll find your renting options are extremely limited.

Unlike property managers in many cities, who require non-refundable security deposits equal to the first month’s rent, most landlords in Bradenton require a modest ($300-$400 in many cases), refundable up-front payment only. Just keep your new paradise pimp pad in tip-top shape, mark down even the most seemingly insignificant blemishes on your move-in checklist, and you shouldn’t have a problem getting your money back when your lease expires.

Finally, remember that Bradenton is a renter’s market (roughly 14% of all housing units are currently unoccupied). Be picky when searching for your new homestead, as waiting lists are pretty much unheard of and vacancies are a year-round reality at most apartment complexes. If you feel like the amenities at a location don’t measure up to the price tag placed on them, shrug it off and move along to the next place on your list. Somewhere in Bradenton, there’s a perfect apartment just waiting for someone like you call it home…

Bumming Around Bradenton

The easiest way to live comfortably in Bradenton is with your own set of wheels, although many residents are able to rely solely on the Manatee County Area Transit buses – which hit up all the major shopping, tourist, and business destinations – to get around. Several apartments (especially in the downtown area), fortunately, are located within walking distance of an MCAT stop, making having one’s own vehicle a luxury rather than a necessity for many tenants.

So welcome to Manatee County, best of luck, and happy hunting!

Rent Report

August 2017 Bradenton Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Bradenton Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Bradenton rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Bradenton rents increase sharply over the past month

Bradenton rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Bradenton stand at $900 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,160 for a two-bedroom. Bradenton's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.3%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across cities in Florida

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Bradenton, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Florida, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Florida as a whole has logged a 3.3% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Pembroke Pines is the most expensive of all Florida's major cities outside the Sarasota metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,390; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Miami, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,350, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.8%).
  • Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.6%, 4.5%, and 4.3%, respectively).

Bradenton rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

Rent growth in Bradenton has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Bradenton is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Bradenton's median two-bedroom rent of $1,160 is equal to the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Bradenton remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.6%), Phoenix (+5.0%), Dallas (+2.9%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,110 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Bradenton than most large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Bradenton.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.