Once considered a rural location, the city of Parrish has grown into an up-and-coming area. Located in northern Manatee County, it’s close to the beautiful waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Many homeowners are attracted to Parrish’s Old Florida appeal and its close proximity to major cities including Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. The area offers homes to fit a wide range of budgets and a growing number of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

If you’re thinking about moving to Parrish, here are a few things you need to know.

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The summers in Parrish are long, hot, and humid and the winters are fairly short and mild. In the summer, you can expect highs around 90 degrees. In the winter, low temperatures average around 51 degrees.

Humidity can be quite high in the summer and is sometimes described as “stifling” in July and August. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you’ll likely find the months of March, April, and November to be the most pleasant.


Residents of Parrish have access to three public district schools, three private schools, and one public charter school. Some of the top-rated schools in Parrish include:

  • TBD Elementary School
  • Annie Lucy Williams Elementary School
  • North River High School

There are also several colleges and universities near Parrish, including the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College (Southshore Campus), LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Gannon University (Ruskin Campus), Stetson University, and the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.



As of December 2022, the median home sale price in Parrish was $470,000, reflecting a 9.5% year-over-year increase. The housing market here is somewhat competitive, with average homes selling for about 2% below the asking price and going pending in an average of 37 days. Homes that are “hot” often sell for the asking price and can go pending in as few as three days.


Compared to other nearby cities, the cost of living in Parrish is quite attractive. It’s approximately 3.3% lower than the national average. Healthcare here is approximately 20.4% lower than the national average, food is 12.7% lower, and housing is 6.6% lower. There’s also no state income tax in Florida, which allows residents to keep more of their paychecks to cover their cost of living.

The average household income in Parrish is $88,255 and the median household income is $62,264. This is slightly lower than the real median household income across the U.S., which was $70,784 in 2021.


The city of Parrish has an approximate population of 54,406 and a median age of 44. There are more females (50.22%) living here than males (49.78%). Approximately 57.55% of residents are married and 25.89% of households have children.

Approximately 79.35% of the workforce living in Parrish does white-collar work while 20.65% work in blue-collar jobs. Approximately 10.4% are self-employed, 69.41% work for private companies, 13.54% are governmental workers, and 6.65% work for nonprofit companies.



The city of Parrish is in the 66th percentile for crime, meaning that it’s safer than 66% of cities in the United States. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Parrish are 1 in 1,053 (vs. 1 in 255 across the state of Florida) and the chances of being a victim of a property crime are 1 in 173 (vs. 1 in 57 across Florida). The city also has 1 crime per square mile, vs. Florida’s 45 per square mile.


One of the great things about living in Parrish is how easy it is to get around. Major thoroughfares here include I-75, I-275, U.S. 301, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The city is just 15 miles northeast of Bradenton, 27 miles from Sarasota, 32 miles from St. Petersburg, and 40 miles from Tampa.

While the population continues to grow and local traffic is sometimes heavy, it’s not nearly as congested here as it is in other nearby cities.

Parrish is also just 26 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). 39 miles from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), and 49 miles from the Tampa International Airport (TPA).  


PARRISH DINING, Shopping, and Entertainment

If you enjoy outdoor activities, you’ll love living in Parrish! It’s just a short drive from many of Florida’s best beaches, including Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key. The Little Manatee River State Park is also nearby. This attraction offers excellent opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and camping. The Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is also a beautiful destination with 2,000 acres of mangroves and plenty of space to hike, kayak, and fish.

Parrish is just 14 miles north of Lakewood Ranch, a planned community that offers tons of exciting dining and entertainment options, as well as weekly farmer’s markets and monthly outdoor festivals. The Ellenton Premium Outlets are just 7 miles away, and The Mall at University Town Center (UTC Mall) is approximately 20 miles away. There are also plenty of places in the city of Parrish to shop, dine, and play.

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