Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Coordinates: 27°27′54″N 82°25′48″W / 27.46500°N 82.43000°W / 27.46500; -82.43000
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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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Lakewood Ranch is located in Florida
Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch is located in the United States
Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch
Coordinates: 27°27′54″N 82°25′48″W / 27.46500°N 82.43000°W / 27.46500; -82.43000
CountryUnited States
CountiesManatee, Sarasota
EstablishedFebruary 24, 1994[1]
 • TypeCDD and HOA
 • Total47.05 sq mi (121.86 km2)
 • Land46.08 sq mi (119.35 km2)
 • Water0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total34,877
 • Density756.86/sq mi (292.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34202, 34211, 34212, 34240
Area codes941
FIPS code12-39067[4]
GNIS feature ID2571108

Lakewood Ranch is a planned community and census-designated place in southeastern Manatee County and northeastern Sarasota County, Florida, United States, consisting of approximately 31,000 acres (13,000 ha).[5] It is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the 2020 census, the census-designated place had a population of 34,877.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

The area originally was assembled in 1905 by John Schroeder as Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR). The land was purchased by members of Milwaukee's Uihlein family in 1922 for ranch operations such as timber and cattle.[5][8][9]

In 1977, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority announced intentions to build a new airport near the Sarasota-Manatee county line about 10 to 20 miles (16 to 32 km) east of its current location, linking to future Interstate 75.[10] The airport authority struck down the idea in 1985 and expanded the existing airport facility.[11] The airport proposal and the construction of Interstate 75 resulted in SMR's board of directors to pursue creating a planned community for the land.

In the 1980s, SMR designed a destination resort project called Cypress Banks. The project consisted of 1,800 acres (730 ha) and included 5,000 mixed residential units, three golf courses, and a 300-room hotel.[9] The project and development of regional impact (DRI) were initially denied by Manatee County in 1987 but later approved in December 1989. The project never broke ground and SMR maintained vested rights to the land.[9][12] The first neighborhood development, Summerfield, was built and completed in 1995.


Lakewood Ranch is in southern Manatee County and extends south into Sarasota County. The master-planned community spans from State Road 64 to the north, Fruitville Road to the south, Interstate 75 to the west, and approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of the interstate to Bournside Boulevard.[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 47.1 square miles (122 km2), of which 46.1 square miles (119 km2) are land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), or 2.06%, are water.[2] The Braden River flows east to west through the southern part of the community, eventually leading northwest to the Manatee River in the northeast part of Bradenton.


According to the 2020 United States census,[14] Lakewood Ranch had a population of 34,877 with 11,096 households. There were 2.64 persons per household and 79.8% lived in the same house as 1 year prior. The population per square mile was 756.9.

5.1% of the population was under 5 years old, 20.2% were under 18 years old, and 29.9% were 65 years or older. 49.9% of the population were female.

86.7% of the population was white, 2.0% was black or African American, 1.5% was American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.9% was Asian, 0.1% was Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 6.7% were two or more races, and 9.5% were Hispanic or Latino. There were 2,378 veterans in the city and 12.2% of the population were foreign born.

The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $474,600. The median selected monthly owner costs with a mortgage was $2,544. The median selected monthly owner costs without a mortgage was $918. The median gross rent was $1,899. The median household income was $110,026 and the per capita income was $56,393. 6.3% of the population lived behold the Poverty threshold.

98.8% of the households had a computer and 95.1% had a broadband internet subscription. 97.9% of the population over the age of 25 had a highschool degree or higher. 56.1% of that same population had a Bachelor's degree or higher.


Lakewood Ranch was established as a development of regional impact (DRI), as defined in Section 380.06 of the Florida Statutes, in December 1989. The master-planned community is maintained through the Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District and five community development districts (CDD) within the District. The District was established on June 14, 2005, by the Florida legislature. The District encompasses 23,055 acres (9,330 ha) within Manatee and Sarasota counties.[15] The CDD's main powers are to plan, finance, construct, operate, and maintain community-wide infrastructure and services specifically for the benefit of its residents.[16]

The Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority (IDA) was created to operate Town Hall and provide administrative, financial, and operations/maintenance services to the Lakewood Ranch CDDs. The IDA is composed of one representative from each CDD.[17]


Schools located within Lakewood Ranch:[18]

Public schools[edit]

  • B.D. Gullett Elementary School
  • Braden River Elementary School
  • Braden River Middle School
  • Carlos E. Haile Middle School
  • Dr. Mona Jain Middle School
  • Freedom Elementary School
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Imagine School Lakewood Ranch
  • Lakewood Ranch High School
  • Lakewood Ranch Preparatory Academy
  • R. Dan Nolan Middle School
  • Robert E. Willis Elementary School

Private schools[edit]


Vocational school[edit]

  • Manatee Technical College
  • Meridian College

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Ordinance No. 94-07 - Establishment of Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 (CDD1)" (PDF). Manatee County Government. February 24, 1994. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "P1. Race – Lakewood Ranch CDP, Florida: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "Lakewood Ranch". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. September 21, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "The History of SMR Farms". Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (SMR) Farms. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Lakewood Ranch CDP, Florida". Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Staff (2014). "Lakewood Ranch development timeline". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Bubil, Harold (October 10, 2010). "Lakewood Ranch: How a town was born". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Kohlman, Betty (March 14, 1978). "Fate of Sarasota-Bradenton Airport may turn on a 2-county referendum". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved June 7, 2019 – via Google News Archive Search.
  11. ^ Dobens, Peter (June 25, 1985). "Authority Votes to Conduct Study For Location of Reliever Airport". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2019 – via Google News Archive Search.
  12. ^ McCourtney, Mary (December 31, 2009). "Regional Report". Sarasota Magazine. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Community Map". Lakewood Ranch. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  14. ^ "Lakewood Ranch CDP, Florida; Manatee County, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  15. ^ "Chapter 2005-338 House Bill No. 1429" (PDF). Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District. June 14, 2005. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "LWR:CDD". Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "LWR:IDA". Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Primary and Secondary Schools". Lakewood Ranch. August 26, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "Harber H. Hall". Herald Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  20. ^ Lentz, Lisa Marie (October 15, 2003). "Lakewood Ranch Rounds up Residents". The Bradenton Herald. p. 13C.

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