Palmetto is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was listed as 12,606. It is part of the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area. How far is Palmetto from Palmetto to Tampa 30.48 miles in the northeast direction and 44 miles (70.81 kilometers) by car, following the I-75 N route. Palmetto and Tampa are 44 minutes far apart if you drive non-stop.