Wesley Chapel, Florida

Coordinates: 28°10′43″N 82°21′2″W / 28.17861°N 82.35056°W / 28.17861; -82.35056
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°10′43″N 82°21′2″W / 28.17861°N 82.35056°W / 28.17861; -82.35056
CountryUnited States
 • Total44.05 sq mi (114.09 km2)
 • Land43.92 sq mi (113.75 km2)
 • Water0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
108 ft (33 m)
 • Total64,866
 • Density1,476.88/sq mi (570.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code813
FIPS code12-75875[2]
GNIS feature ID0294231[3]

Wesley Chapel is a census-designated place in Pasco County, Florida, United States. The population was 64,866 at the 2020 census. It is a suburb in the Tampa Bay area.


Wesley Chapel originated in the mid-1800s as a cohesive community of settlers. Evidence of Native American presence in the area has been documented as early as 10,000 BC. Lumber harvesting and turpentine production became prominent industries, while cash-crop farming, citrus, and livestock ranching provided sustenance for the pioneer settlement. Charcoal kilns, gator hunting, and moonshine stills supplemented incomes and spawned legends. The community was also identified by the monikers Gatorville, Double Branch, and Godwin. From 1897 to 1902, Wesley Chapel boasted its own post office, two sawmills, and a general store. Primitive roads left residents with an informal town nucleus, and services shifted to surrounding towns until the late 20th century, when postal service and incorporation emerged, and the lumber trusts of John D. Rockefeler, Otto Hermann Kahn, and Edwin Wiley morphed into sizable ranches. The pioneer Boyett(e), Gillett(e), Godwin, and Kersey families received land grants in the area in the 1840s. The real influx of settlers, however, began around the Civil War when the Stanleys and Coopers arrived. The population was 44,092 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous community in Pasco County. In 2003, some residents of Wesley Chapel started a movement to incorporate the community as a city (including areas not in the official CDP), but these plans never materialized.

Originally called Double Branch for the area's twin creeks, the community was named for the Methodist church that stood on the northwest corner of SR 54 and Boyette Road. A popular nickname for the area was "Gatorville".

Wesley Chapel has been a major catalyst in the rapid growth of Pasco County, the 38th fastest-growing county in the nation.[4] and retains much in the way of wildlife.[5][6][7]


Wesley Chapel is located at 28°10′43″N 82°21′2″W / 28.17861°N 82.35056°W / 28.17861; -82.35056 (28.178688, -82.350676).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which 6.1 square miles (16 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.49%) is water. The elevation is about 100 feet (30 m), combined with an inland location, creates more temperature variation in the humid subtropical climate.

Residents choose the area because of its proximity to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Downtown Tampa, and other major locales. Adjacent to its south is the region of New Tampa, part of incorporated Tampa.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Wesley Chapel racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[10] Pop 2020[11] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 26,741 33,105 60.65% 51.04%
Black or African American (NH) 4,675 7,215 10.60% 11.12%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 83 108 0.19% 0.17%
Asian (NH) 2,488 4,826 5.64% 7.44%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 44 61 0.10% 0.09%
Some other race (NH) 136 537 0.31% 0.83%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 1,054 3,280 2.39% 5.06%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 8,871 15,734 20.12% 24.26%
Total 44,092 64,866

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 64,866 people, 20,251 households, and 15,315 families residing in the CDP.[12]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 44,092 people, 14,491 households, and 10,650 families residing in the CDP.[13]

In 2010, there were 15,745 households, out of which 40.19% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 10.75% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.58% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.22.

In 2010, in the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.27% under the age of 18, 4.69% from 20 to 24, 32.58% from 25 to 44, 23.36% from 45 to 64, and 8.86% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years..


The area has 3 middle schools and 3 high schools, most of which are new as well as 3 charter schools. Three planned malls have now opened, including the Shops at Wiregrass, Tampa Premium Outlets, and a big box mall called The Grove on the northern perimeter. The Grove also hosts a small outlet mall called KRATE at the Grove. Wiregrass is known for its well-reviewed restaurants, bars & shops. Cypress Creek Town Center & Tampa Premium Outlets are now open (2016–17) and continuously growing. Two new schools were built in 2007 and 2008, Dr. John Long Middle School and Wiregrass Ranch High School.

In 2016, Wiregrass Elementary opened its doors next to JLMS. In 2017, Cypress Creek Middle School and Cypress Creek High School opened as the 3rd middle school and high school in the town. Pasco Hernando State College-Porter Campus has been open since 2013 next to WRHS. Wesley Chapel has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Florida according to Public School Review.

As of July 2007, a new county park opened at the southwest corner of Boyette and Overpass roads.[14] In March 2008, State Road 56 was extended east from its then terminus at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to a temporary terminus at Meadow Pointe Boulevard. In late 2019, it was extended further east to its final terminus at US 301 in Zephyrhills.[15][16] Wesley Chapel was also listed as one of the "8 boomtowns of 2008" by the Gadberry Group's annual list.[17] Wesley Chapel has a new hospital called Advent Health (formerly Florida Hospital) at Wesley Chapel,[18] and Pasco-Hernando State College's latest campus, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.[19]

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  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "100 fastest growing counties - Mar. 16, 2006". cnn.com.
  5. ^ "Pasco: An inspirational beginning for funky decor store". sptimes.com.
  6. ^ "Northoftampa: Boutiques in the 'burbs". sptimes.com.
  7. ^ "Plato's Closet, featuring trendy secondhand clothes, will open in Shoppes at New Tampa". Tampa Bay Times.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Wesley Chapel CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Wesley Chapel CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Wesley Chapel CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Wesley Chapel CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  14. ^ "Pasco: Wesley Chapel finally has park of its own". sptimes.com.
  15. ^ "Citrus: State Road 56 extension to start by spring". sptimes.com.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Wesley Chapel Makes List of 8 U.S. Boom Towns". Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2009.
  18. ^ "Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opens its doors". Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. October 10, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "New PHCC Porter Campus opens to rave reviews". Tampa Bay Times.

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