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Indiantown, Florida

Coordinates: 27°2′N 80°28′W / 27.033°N 80.467°W / 27.033; -80.467
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Indiantown, Florida
Village of Indiantown
SW Warfield Blvd.
SW Warfield Blvd.
Official seal of Indiantown, Florida
Where Great Things Grow
Location in Martin County and the state of Florida
Location in Martin County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°2′N 80°28′W / 27.033°N 80.467°W / 27.033; -80.467
Country United States
State Florida
County Martin
SettledCirca 1890s
IncorporatedDecember 31, 2017
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorSusan Gibbs Thomas
 • Vice MayorAngelina Perez
 • Council MembersGuyton Stone,
Carmine Dipaolo, and Janet Hernández
 • Village ManagerTaryn Kryzda
 • Village ClerkLaRhonda McBride
 • Total14.44 sq mi (37.40 km2)
 • Land14.18 sq mi (36.73 km2)
 • Water0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
33 ft (10 m)
 • Total6,560
 • Density462.62/sq mi (178.62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code772
FIPS code12-33700[3]
GNIS feature ID0294216[4]

Indiantown is a village in Martin County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,560 at the 2020 census.[2] It is a rural community in the interior of Florida's Treasure Coast region, first established in the early 1900s, then incorporated on December 31, 2017. The village is governed by a mayor and council elected at-large, while day-to-day operations are directed by the village manager.


The Indiantown Seaboard Air Line Railroad depot, now demolished

Indiantown was originally established by the Seminole people as a trading post. Tribes fleeing southwards from the U.S. Army after the First Seminole War found the area an attractive place to settle due to a relatively higher elevation and ample hunting and fishing spots. It was then settled by white American migrants in the 1890s.[5]

In 1924, Indiantown was transformed when S. Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, passing directly through—and stopping in—Indiantown.[6]

Warfield planned to make Indiantown the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line.[6][7] Toward that end, he planned a model city, laying out streets and building a school, housing, and a railroad station.[5][7] Warfield also built the Seminole Inn, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

The Seminole Inn

The Florida land boom of the 1920s fizzled out after 1926. Warfield died a year later, putting an end to plans to make Indiantown the Seaboard's southern headquarters.[7] The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane wreaked significant destruction and halted further development.

A serious effort to revitalize the local economy began in 1952 when the Indiantown Development Corporation was sold and restructured as the Indiantown Company. The company was involved in the construction of new water and sewage systems, housing developments, docks making use of the St. Lucie River, and a 6,000-foot (1,830 m) airstrip for bringing in small cargo and civilian air traffic.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Indiantown was home to the Circle T Ranch and its Circle T Rodeo Bowl. The 1963 rodeo event drew approximately 15,000 visitors, making it the largest tourist attraction in Florida at the time. The ranch was later bought out and turned into a filming studio.[8]

Seaboard trains continued to stop at the Indiantown depot through the 1960s, but passenger service to the station was eliminated when Amtrak took over in 1971. The depot was demolished several years later. The Seminole Inn is virtually all that remains of the 1920s boom.[5]

Warfield's contributions to Indiantown are memorialized in, among others, Warfield Boulevard (the main route through Indiantown) and Warfield Elementary School.[6]

Currently, the economy of Indiantown relies heavily on seasonal agriculture. The town also continues to make use of its position near the intersections of many major roads to act as a transportation and infrastructure hub. There are also attempts to take advantage of nearby natural wetlands and to revitalize the rodeo in order to draw in tourists.[9]


Indiantown is located in western Martin County at 27°2′N 80°28′W / 27.033°N 80.467°W / 27.033; -80.467 (27.0263, –80.4728).[10] It is 12 miles (19 km) east of Port Mayaca on Lake Okeechobee, 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Stuart, the Martin county seat, and 36 miles (58 km) northwest of West Palm Beach.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Indiantown has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2), of which 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2), or 1.80%, are water.[1] The town's southern border is the St. Lucie Canal, connecting Lake Okeechobee with the St. Lucie River near Stuart.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010 and 2020 census[edit]

Indiantown racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[12] Pop 2020[13] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 1,254 1,089 20.61% 16.60%
Black or African American (NH) 847 805 13.92% 12.27%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 12 6 0.20% 0.09%
Asian (NH) 12 14 0.20% 0.21%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 1 3 0.02% 0.05%
Some other race (NH) 2 17 0.03% 0.26%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 23 63 0.38% 0.96%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,932 4,563 64.64% 69.56%
Total 6,083 6,560 100.00% 100.00%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,560 people, 1,916 households, and 1,357 families residing in the village.[14]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 6,083 people, 1,383 households, and 1,029 families residing in the village.[15]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,588 people, 1,648 households, and 1,264 families residing in the village. The population density was 936.2 inhabitants per square mile (361.5/km2). There were 1,807 housing units at an average density of 302.7 per square mile (116.9/km2). The racial makeup of the Village was 45.92% White, 20.99% African American, 2.29% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.97% Pacific Islander, 26.54% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.93% of the population.

In 2000, there were 1,648 households, out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.39 and the average family size was 3.59.

In 2000, in the village, the population was spread out, with 31.2% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 123.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the village was $28,977, and the median income for a family was $30,675. Males had a median income of $17,810 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,085. About 18.8% of families and 23.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Village of Indiantown was incorporated on December 31, 2017, by special state legislation. Indiantown is a Village located in Martin County, governed by a village council of five. The Village of Indiantown has a council-manager form of government. The Village of Indiantown selected their first permanent village manager on December 17, 2018.

Public transportation[edit]

Indiantown is served by a shuttle around the city, operated by Martin County.[16][17]

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Christophe Clement at Payson Park for a training session

Indiantown is the home of Payson Park, one of the top thoroughbred horse racing facilities in the United States. Among the trainers with their champion horses who have participated in this event are William Mott, Christophe Clement, Roger Attfield, Shug McGaughey, John Kimmel, and Tom Albertrani. The Monkees frontman, Davy Jones, also kept a stable of thoroughbred horses in Indiantown, and it was here that he died in 2012 on Leap Year Day.

Other parks located within the village are Big Mound Park, Booker Park, Post Family Park, and Timer Powers Park.[18]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "P1. Race – Indiantown village, Florida: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
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  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
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  14. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Indiantown village, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  15. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Indiantown village, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  16. ^ "Martin County - your county, your community". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  17. ^ "- Martin County" (PDF). Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "PUBLIC PARKS IN INDIANTOWN (page 5)" (PDF). Retrieved December 21, 2023.
  19. ^ "Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, dies in Indiantown, according to medical examiner's office - WPTV.com". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.


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