Wekiwa Springs, Florida
Wekiwa Springs, Florida
Wekiwa from Creek Indian 
|• Total||9.1 sq mi (23.7 km2)|
|• Land||8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|Elevation||52 ft (16 m)|
|• Density||2,546/sq mi (977.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1853301|
Wekiwa Springs is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 23,169 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Although the springs are spelled Wekiwa Springs, and the census uses this variant, most subdivisions and streets in Seminole County use the Wekiva spelling, which is shared by the Wekiva River. Wekiwa is the Creek-Seminole word for a spring, but contrary to popular belief that Wekiva means "flowing water", it was actually an alternate spelling used by developers. The pronunciation of a soft-w, sometimes perceived as a v or b, resulted in cartographers mislabeling maps in later years. The maps drawn in 1838 and 1849 were spelled Wekiwa.
Wekiwa Springs is located at (28.697074, -81.425706).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Census Designated Place (CDP) has a total area of 23.7 km² (9.2 mi²), of which 22.4 km² (8.6 mi²) is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) (5.68%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 21,998 people, 8,677 households, and 6,379 families residing in the CDP. In 2000, the population density was 1,035.4/km² (2,681.2/mi²). There were 9,413 housing units at an average density of 407.7/km² (1,055.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.9% White, 2.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.7% of the population.
In 2000, there were 8,825 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.
In 2000, the CDP the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $71,839, and the median income for a family was $78,495. Males had a median income of $61,713 versus $37,285 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $36,196. About 1.6% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.
- The Wekiwas and Wekivas of Orange County, Garner, Mary Kerns. 1983 December. Research sponsored by The Apopka Historical Society.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Florida State Parks: Wekiwa Springs State Park: History and culture
- Jim Toner, Orlando Sentinel, You Say 'Wekiva,' I Say 'Wekiwa', July 20, 1999
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.