Coleman, Florida

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Coleman, Florida
City hall
City hall
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°48′1″N 82°4′8″W / 28.80028°N 82.06889°W / 28.80028; -82.06889Coordinates: 28°48′1″N 82°4′8″W / 28.80028°N 82.06889°W / 28.80028; -82.06889
Country United States
State Florida
County Sumter
 • Total2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Land2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
66 ft (20 m)
 • Total642
 • Density286.86/sq mi (110.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-13400[2]
GNIS feature ID0280642[3]

Coleman is a city in Sumter County, Florida, United States. The population was 703 at the 2010 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2018, the city had a population of 877.


Second Seminole War[edit]

On June 8, 1840, Colonel W. J. Worth, Colonel Bennet Riley, and the Second and Eighth Infantry divisions transferred to Fort McClure to search the Lake Panasoffkee area for Seminole warriors. Three days later, the troops discovered an empty village.[4]

Modern town[edit]

By 1853, Fort McClure was renamed Warm Springs.[5]

In 1882, the town was renamed Coleman after Dr. B. F. Coleman.[6]

The main industries were citrus, cotton, and cattle.[6] According to Broward Mill, the past president of the Sumter County Historical Society, Coleman became known for its cabbage production in the early part of the 20th century.[7]

In 1926, the West Palm Beach branch of the Seaboard Air Line began operations in Coleman.[8]

In 1992, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) officials approved the purchase of 8.762 acres (3.546 ha) on the northeastern shores of Lake Panasoffkee near Coleman for the purchase of environmental preservation. SWFWMD officials sought to preserve over 300 species and neighboring Lake Panasoffkee. Although some residents applauded the move, others, such as Sumter County Commissioner Jim Allen, felt that the agency would prevent public use of the land.[9]


Coleman is located at 28°48′01″N 82°04′08″W / 28.800331°N 82.068766°W / 28.800331; -82.068766.[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.

The city is in the South Central Florida Ridge section as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture.[1] Most of Coleman's soils are sandy and moderately well drained or somewhat poorly drained. Topsoils are acidic, but subsoils may be alkaline with frequent presence of limestone boulders. A somewhat poorly drained, mildly alkaline sandy clay loam lies southeast of the built-up area.[2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[2] of 2000, 647 people, 257 households, and 178 families resided in the city. The population density was 445.0 inhabitants per square mile (172.3/km2). The 301 housing units averaged 207.0 per square mile (80.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.74% White, 36.17% African American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.78% of the population.

Of the 257 households, 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were not families. About 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was distributed as 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,500, and for a family was $27,679. Males had a median income of $27,109 versus $16,429 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,186. About 19.9% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ Thomas Foreman, Carolyn (Sep 1941). "General Bennet Riley—Commandant at Fort Gibson and Governor of California". Chronicles of Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University. 19 (3): 241. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved Apr 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rail Road Convention in Tallahassee". Floridian & Journal. Tallahassee, Florida. Jun 18, 1853. p. 2. Retrieved Apr 4, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Daily Commercial Staff (Jun 25, 2006). "Coleman rural, but correctional facility brings jobs" (PDF). Newcomers Guide. Daily Commercial. Retrieved Apr 10, 2014.
  7. ^ United States Department of Agriculture (1988). Soil Survey of Sumter County, Florida. Washington, D.C.: Soil Conservation Service. pp. 2–3. Retrieved Apr 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Coll, Aloysius (May 23, 1926). "Sumter County Citizens Want to Show Goods". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Stephens, Henry A. (Nov 2, 1992). "State set to buy lake land". Ocala Star-Banner. Ocala, Florida. pp. 8A. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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