Whitfield, Manatee County, Florida

Coordinates: 27°24′42″N 82°34′3″W / 27.41167°N 82.56750°W / 27.41167; -82.56750
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Whitfield, Florida
Whitfield Estates
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Whitfield is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 27°24′42″N 82°34′3″W / 27.41167°N 82.56750°W / 27.41167; -82.56750[1]
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Land1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total2,989
 • Density2,167.51/sq mi (836.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Code
34243 (Sarasota)
Area code941
FIPS code12-77467[4]
GNIS feature ID1867236[5]

Whitfield, also known as Whitfield Estates,[6] is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Manatee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census it had a population of 2,989.[3] It is part of the North PortSarasotaBradenton Metropolitan Statistical Area. It receives its mail from the Sarasota post office located in Sarasota County.


Whitfield Estates was formerly a 682-acre (276 ha) wooded area that had been homesteaded by General John Riggin, aide-de-camp to Ulysses S. Grant. The property included the 218-acre (88 ha) bayfront estate of Alfred Ringling. In 1924, the property was purchased from Richard T. Ringling, son of Alfred, by a corporation called Whitfield Estates, Inc., held by Louis Broughton Whitfield, D. G. Haley, E. H. Price, and E. S. Delaplane, Jr., all residents of Alabama.[7]

Louis Whitfield, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and president and primary investor of the development, was founder and president of the Alaga Syrup Company and the W. W. Pickle Company. Many streets in the subdivision were named for the Whitfield family, including Broughton and Pearl. The original plan for Whitfield Estates called for a housing development, an 18-hole golf course, hotel, yacht basin and man-made islands in the bay. Donald Ross was retained as the golf course architect.[8] Sometime during late 1925 or very early into 1926, L. B. Whitfield would leave the development and his interest was taken over by Adair realty.[7] In 1926, the developing neighborhood was incorporated as a city with E.S. Bond acting as mayor.[citation needed]

Like many other Florida Land Boom developments, it would never end up reaching the goals set by its developers. One of the first signs of financial trouble came when a decision was made to open membership of the Whitfield Estates County Club for residents of Sarasota and Bradenton if they agreed to take over the operating expenses associated with it. After the collapse of the boom, the residents of Whitfield would have difficulties staying there. Some homes would go through a series of different rentals while those that were under construction would end up being left unfinished for several years.[7]

With the 1929 stock market crash and the arrival of the Great Depression, the conditions further worsened for residents there. During the years of the Great Depression there would be very little construction in Whitfield. In 1937 a group of club members ended up buying the golf course and club house, renaming it "Sarasota Bay Country Club".[7] It was renamed once again in 1938 to "North Shore Country Club".[8] During World War II, the club would close because of gasoline rationing and not being able to get golf balls. It ended up becoming overgrown, and after the war the US Army would help restore the golf course.[7]

Whitfield Estates experienced a resurgence after World War II. Located near the Sarasota Army Airfield, the area became a popular location for families to settle during the post-war housing boom. This played a major role in the recovery of the community, with the Whitfield Community Improvement Association being established in the mid-1940s.[9] The club was given its current name, "Sara Bay Country Club", in 1964.[8]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The following districts and properties in the subdivision are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Resource name Image Address Added
Whitfield Estates–Broughton Street Historic District Sarasota FL Whitfield Estates-Broughton St HD 7219-02.jpg 7207, 7211, 7215, 7219 and 7316 Broughton Street October 29, 1993
John M. Beasley House Sarasota FL Beasley House01.jpg 7706 Westmoreland Drive March 5, 1996
Whitfield Estates–Lantana Avenue Historic District Sarasota FL Whitfield Estates Lantana Ave 332-02.jpg 332-336 Lantana Avenue March 8, 1997
Austin House Sarasota FL Austin House01.jpg 227 Delmar Avenue February 5, 1998
Reid-Woods House Sarasota FL Reid-Woods House02.jpg 373 Whitfield Avenue August 31, 2000
Villa Serena Apartments Sarasota FL Villa Serena Apts01.jpg 7014 Willow Street September 29, 2000
Paul M. Souder House Sarasota FL Souder House03.jpg 242 Greenwood Avenue November 2, 2000
Stevens–Gilchrist House Sarasota FL Stevens-Gilchrist House02.jpg 235 Delmar Avenue August 17, 2001

Most of the above were listed as part of the 1996 Whitfield Estates Subdivision Multiple Property Submission (MPS).


Whitfield is in southern Manatee County, on the northeast shore of Sarasota Bay. It is bordered to the north by Bowlees Creek and the unincorporated community of Bayshore Gardens, and to the southeast by Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport. It is 6 miles (10 km) north of the center of Sarasota and the same distance south of Bradenton, the Manatee county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Whitfield CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 1.43%, are water.[2]


Historical population

As of the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 2,984 people, 1,244 households, and 878 families residing in the CDP.[4] The population density was 2,125.0 inhabitants per square mile (820.5/km2). There were 1,364 housing units at an average density of 971.3 per square mile (375.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.27% White, 2.98% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population.

There were 1,244 households, out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 17.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,536, and the median income for a family was $54,009. Males had a median income of $35,444 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $25,408. About 3.3% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Whitfield CDP (Manatee County), Florida: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Whitfield". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  6. ^ "Whitfield Estates". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  7. ^ a b c d e "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form: HISTORIC AND ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES OF WHITFIELD ESTATES SUBDIVISION, MANATEE COUNTY, FLORIDA". June 1991.
  8. ^ a b c "History". Sara Bay Country Club. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "History | Whitfield-Ballentine". Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2019.