Wilton Manors, Florida

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Wilton Manors
Nickname(s): The Island City
Location of Wilton Manors in Broward County, Florida
Location of Wilton Manors in Broward County, Florida
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944Coordinates: 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Broward
Incorporated 1947
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Gary Resnick 
 • Total 1.94 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Land 1.94 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0%
Elevation 9 ft (2 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,632
 • Density 6,000/sq mi (2,300/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33305, 33306, 33311, 33334
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-78000[2]
GNIS feature ID 0293390[3]
Website http://www.wiltonmanors.com

Wilton Manors is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 11,632. Wilton Manors is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Although the city is very small geographically, portions of Wilton Manors are located in two separate U. S. congressional districts. Wilton Manors citizens are represented in Congress by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel.


Wilton Manors City Hall. Sign in front reads, Unlicensed contracting is a felony in Florida. Signs such as these were in direct response to the proliferation of unlicensed contractors following Hurricane Wilma's destruction. This structure was demolished in 2010 and replaced with a new one on adjacent property.

Wilton Manors, the "Island City", was incorporated in 1947 and is known as a 'gay village';[4] the 2010 U.S. Census reported that it is second only to Provincetown, Massachusetts in the proportion (15%) of gay couples relative to the total population (couples as reported to the U.S. Census).[5] It contains a large Pride Center, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and a branch of the Stonewall Library & Archives, whose main facility is in neighboring Fort Lauderdale. The mayor, Gary Resnick, refers on his official biography to his male partner.[6] Wilton Manors also has many gay hotels and resorts, with a number of others in Fort Lauderdale. A city Web page touts Wilton Manors as a gay travel destination, and states that "the City of Wilton Manors Police Department conducts police training that is geared towards working with the City’s GLBT population and has gay and lesbian officers amongst its ranks".[7]

Over the past few years, Wilton Manors has attempted an economic revitalization, with partial success. While real estate values have followed the national downward trend, rent for both commercial and residential properties continues to increase. Along Wilton Drive, the city's Arts and Entertainment District features an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. In 2010 Wilton Manors Police Chief Richard Perez was suspended over racist emails he forwarded with comments from his work email.[8] In 2014 City Commissioner Ted Galatis was involved in a road rage incident in which he called three African Americans the "n-word" ....citizens have called for his resignation from the City Commission.[9]

Wilton Manors is home to several recreational facilities, including Colohatchee Nature Park, a 9.3 acres (38,000 m2) recreational facility complete with a boardwalk for nature observation, a dog park, and a boat ramp for watercraft entry.

Wilton Manors' first library opened on June 24, 1957, as a project of the Jayceettes and staffed by volunteers. "The city took over the library in August 1958...and moved the library to the original city hall. In 1960, the building was enlarged to double its space."[10] In 2003, construction was completed on a 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) library expansion. This increased the facility's size to 6,500 square feet (600 m2). The library, now called the Richard C. Sullivan Public Library of Wilton Manors, is not a part of the Broward County Library system. It is one of only five municipal libraries in the county, the others being Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, Lighthouse Point Library, Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, and Parkland Public Library.


Wilton Manors is located at 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944 (26.158712, -80.139516).[11] It is bordered on the north by the North Fork of the Middle River and the city of Oakland Park; to the south, the boundaries include the South Fork of the Middle River and the city of Fort Lauderdale; the eastern terminus of the city limits extends to near Federal Highway (US 1); and the westernmost boundary reaches Interstate 95.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.94 square miles (5 km2), all land.


Wilton Manors Demographics
2010 Census Wilton Manors Broward County Florida
Total population 11,632 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 -8.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 5,942.7/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 80.8% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 71.2% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 12.4% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 12.9% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.2% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.4% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010 there were 7,162 households out of which 12.9% are vacant. In 2000, 18.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 58.0% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.91.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 123.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $38,366, and the median income for a family was $43,346. Males had a median income of $31,857 versus $26,522 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,770. About 10.7% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Wilton Manors is known as a gay village. Wilton Manors ranks 2nd in the U.S. for its percentage of gay residents as a proportion of total population, with 140 gay residents per 1,000 residents or 1,600 persons or 14% of the inhabitants.[12] The Fort Lauderdale area ranks 4th in metro areas (per capita). Neighboring Oakland Park is ranked sixth on the list. Wilton Manors has approximately 1270% more resident gay couples per capita than the national average of 1.1% of the population. The numbers of gays is variously estimated to be between 4-7% of the population.[13]

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 78.52% of the population, while Spanish was at 9.37%, French Creole at 7.13%, French at 2.31%, Italian at 1.22%, as well as Portuguese being at 0.68%, German being 0.55%, and Polish as a mother tongue of 0.17% of all residents.[14]

As of 2000, Wilton Manors was the 133rd most Cuban-populated area in the US (tied with Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey) at 1.58% of the population,[15] while it had the twenty-seventh highest percentage of Haitians in the US, (tied with North Lauderdale and Florida City) at 6.7% of all residents.[16]


Wilton Manors is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[17] and the seventeenth largest television market[18] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

In 2010 Wilton Manors Main Street (now Wilton Manors Development alliance) aided Brazos Films in the production of episode seven of their award winning series "One Square Mile".


  1. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://gaywiltonmanorsinfo.com/
  5. ^ http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2011/09/the-census-confirms-it-wilton-manors-is-one-of-the-united-states-gayest-places.html, consulted 10/10/2014
  6. ^ http://www.wiltonmanors.com/documentcenter/view/13, consulted 10-10-2014.
  7. ^ http://www.wiltonmanors.com/index.aspx?nid=290, consulted 10-10-2014.
  8. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-09-17/news/fl-wilton-police-chief-20100917_1_e-mails-city-manager-joseph-gallegos-police-officers
  9. ^ http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Wilton-Manors-Commission-Faces-N-Word-Issue-262641651.html
  10. ^ Thuma, Cynthia. (2005). Wilton Manors (Images of America Series), p. 64. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1741-0.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2011/09/the-census-confirms-it-wilton-manors-is-one-of-the-united-states-gayest-places.html
  13. ^ "Facts and Findings from The Gay and Lesbian Atlas". Urban Institute. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  14. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Wilton Manors, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  16. ^ "Ancestry Map of Haitian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 

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