Ellenton is about 4.5 square miles, with a population of about 4500 residents. Ellenton is about 11 miles to Bradenton Beach, which is the closest beach. Ellenton was once considered a more rural area, however there has been a lot of growth in Ellenton over the past 10 years. There are many new shopping centers that have opened in the area, and its just 6 miles to the Costo Wholesale club. The cost of living is less in Ellenton as compared to other surrounding areas such as Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa. Home buyers will find they get more bang for the buck in Ellenton compared to the surround areas.