Whitfield, Manatee County, Florida

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Whitfield, Florida
Whitfield Estates, Florida
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Location in Manatee County and the state of Florida
Whitfield, Florida is located in the United States
Whitfield, Florida
Whitfield, Florida
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 27°24′42″N 82°34′3″W / 27.41167°N 82.56750°W / 27.41167; -82.56750Coordinates: 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 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Area code(s)941
FIPS code12-77467[3]
GNIS feature ID1867236[4]

Whitfield, better known locally as Whitfield Estates, is a census-designated place (CDP) in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,882 at the 2010 census. 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 wooded area that had been homesteaded by General John Riggin, aide-de-camp to Ulysses S Grant. The property included 218 acre 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.[5]

President and primary investor of the development, Louis Whitfield, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, 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.[6] In April of 1925, Whitfield sold the development Frank and Forrest Adair of Adair Realty and Trust Co., the country's earliest real estate firm.

In 1926, the developing neighborhood was incorporated as a city with E.S. Bond acting as mayor. However, the neighborhood's development was significantly damaged by the Florida real estate bust. Whitfield Estates, Inc. filed for bankruptcy in 1927 and for many years development ceased in the neighborhood.

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.[7]

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 in conjunction with the 1996 Whitfield Estates Subdivision Multiple Property Submission (MPS).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.41%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 2,984 people, 1,244 households, and 878 families residing in the CDP.[3] The population density was 2,125.0 people per square mile (822.9/km2). There were 1,364 housing units at an average density of 971.3/sq mi (376.2/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. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places".
  6. ^ "Our Club - Sara Bay Country Club". www.sarabaycc.org. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "History | Whitfield-Ballentine". Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2019.