Wilton Manors, Florida

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Wilton Manors, Florida
City of Wilton Manors
Nickname(s): The Island City
Location of Wilton Manors in Broward County, Florida
Location of Wilton Manors in Broward County, Florida
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944Coordinates: 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Broward County, Florida Logo.svg Broward
Settled (Colohatchee Settlement) Late 1800's-Early 1900's[1][2][3]
Incorporated (Village of Wilton Manors) May 13, 1947[4]
Incorporated (City of Wilton Manors) May 13, 1953[4]
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Gary Resnick
 • Vice Mayor Scott Newton
 • Commissioners Julie A. Carson, Justin S. Flippen, and Tom Green
 • City Manager Joseph L. Gallegos
 • City Clerk Kathryn Sims
 • Total 1.94 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Land 1.94 sq mi (5.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0%
Elevation 9 ft (2 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,632
 • Density 6,000/sq mi (2,300/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33305, 33306, 33311, 33334
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-78000[6]
GNIS feature ID 0293390[7]
Website http://www.wiltonmanors.com

Wilton Manors is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 11,632. Wilton Manors is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Although the city is very small geographically, portions of Wilton Manors are located in two separate U. S. congressional districts. Wilton Manors citizens are represented in Congress by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel.


Wilton Manors City Hall

In the early twentieth century the area now know as Wilton Manors was known as Colohatchee. A train stop along the Florida East Coast Railroad near the current NE 24th Street shared that name. The name Wilton Manors was coined in 1925 by Ned Willingham, a Georgia transplant and land developer. Wilton Manors was incorporated in 1947.

The city is home to a sizable LGBT minority as well as winter vacationers, who frequent its many nightclubs and gay-owned businesses along the main street, Wilton Drive;[8] the 2010 U.S. Census reported that it is second only to Provincetown, Massachusetts in the proportion (15%) of gay couples relative to the total population (couples as reported to the U.S. Census).[9] It contains a large Pride Center, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and a branch of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, whose main facility is in neighboring Fort Lauderdale. The mayor, Gary Resnick, refers on his official biography to his male partner.[10] While most of the gay guesthouses are to be found in neighboring Fort Lauderdale, a growing number are being established in Wilton Manors. A city web page highlights LGBT life in Wilton Manors, stating that "the City of Wilton Manors Police Department conducts police training that is geared towards working with the City’s LGBT population and has gay and lesbian officers amongst its ranks."[11]

Wilton Drive is the equivalent of "Main Street" in Wilton Manors. Over the past twenty years, the Wilton Drive corridor has undergone an economic transformation. Formerly a sleepy street lined with small retail shops, Wilton Drive is now the small City's Arts & Entertainment District, home to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, condos and rental developments that have blossomed over the last decade. Many of the businesses in the Arts & Entertainment District are LGBT-owned and/or operated, and "The Drive" has become a local, regional, and national destination for LGBT tourism.

Another example of the economic revitalization in Wilton Manors is the Highland Estates neighborhood, which is bordered by NE 26th Street on the south, Dixie Highway on the east, the North Fork of the Middle River on the north, and NE 6th Avenue on the west, was significantly transformed in the decade from 1995 - 2005 from a blighted area to an upscale neighborhood with multiple new modern townhouse developments. Citywide real estate prices increased with, and even ahead of, the national trend in the years of the expansion of the housing bubble (2000-2007). In 2007, the city's taxable property values peaked at just over $1.26 billion, according to the Broward County Property Appraiser's office. Again following the national trend as the housing bubble burst, Wilton Manors real property taxable values fell 36% from 2007 through 2014 when an upward trend resumed. In 2014 the increase in Wilton Manors real estate values of 10.1% led Broward County.

Wilton Manors is home to several recreational facilities, the largest of which are Hagen Park, Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, and Island City Park Preserve. Other Wilton Manors parks include Donn Eisele Park, Snook Creek Park and Boat Ramp, and Colohatchee Park, a 9.3 acres (38,000 m2) recreational facility complete with a boardwalk for nature observation, a dog park, and a boat ramp for watercraft entry. In addition, there are several pocket parks throughout the city. Another major city park is Mickel Field, which was traditionally a busy hub for local baseball and softball leagues. At the request of the surrounding neighborhood residents, Mickel Field is currently undergoing a significant renovation and will re-open in the summer of 2015 with new walking trails, fitness station, picnic and performance pavilion, and other new facilities more in tune with the needs of current residents.

Wilton Manors' first library opened on June 24, 1957, as a project of the Jayceettes and staffed by volunteers. "The city took over the library in August 1958... and moved the library to the original city hall. In 1960, the building was enlarged to double its space."[12] In 2003, construction was completed on a 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) library expansion. This increased the facility's size to 6,500 square feet (600 m2). The library, now called the Richard C. Sullivan Public Library of Wilton Manors, is not a part of the Broward County Library system. It is one of only five municipal libraries in Broward Ccounty. The Richard C. Sullivan Public Library is a heavily used facility. The volunteer organization, Friends of the Wilton Manors Public Library, actively supports the library's collections and programming.


Wilton Manors is located at 26°9′31″N 80°8′22″W / 26.15861°N 80.13944°W / 26.15861; -80.13944 (26.158712, -80.139516).[13] It is bordered on the north by the North Fork of the Middle River and the city of Oakland Park; to the south, the boundaries include the South Fork of the Middle River and the city of Fort Lauderdale; the eastern terminus of the city limits extends to near Federal Highway (US 1); and the westernmost boundary reaches Interstate 95. Since it is surrounded by water, Wilton Manors has gained the nickname, "Island City."

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.94 square miles (5 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 883
1960 8,257 835.1%
1970 10,948 32.6%
1980 12,742 16.4%
1990 11,804 −7.4%
2000 12,697 7.6%
2010 11,632 −8.4%
Est. 2014 12,243 [14] 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
Wilton Manors Demographics
2010 Census Wilton Manors Broward County Florida
Total population 11,632 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 -8.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 5,942.7/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 80.8% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 71.2% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 12.4% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 12.9% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.2% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 1.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.4% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010 there were 7,162 households out of which 12.9% are vacant. In 2000, 18.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 58.0% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.91.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 36.4% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 123.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $38,366, and the median income for a family was $43,346. Males had a median income of $31,857 versus $26,522 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,770. About 10.7% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Wilton Manors is known as a gay village. Wilton Manors ranks 2nd in the U.S. for its percentage of gay residents as a proportion of total population, with 140 gay residents per 1,000 residents or 1,600 persons or 14% of the inhabitants.[9] The Fort Lauderdale area ranks 4th in metro areas (per capita). Neighboring Oakland Park is ranked sixth on the list. Wilton Manors has approximately 1270% more resident gay couples per capita than the national average of 1.1% of the population. The numbers of gays is variously estimated to be between 4-7% of the population.[16]

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 78.52% of the population, while Spanish was at 9.37%, French Creole at 7.13%, French at 2.31%, Italian at 1.22%, as well as Portuguese being at 0.68%, German being 0.55%, and Polish as a mother tongue of 0.17% of all residents.[17]

As of 2000, Wilton Manors was the 133rd most Cuban-populated area in the US (tied with Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey) at 1.58% of the population,[18] while it had the twenty-seventh highest percentage of Haitians in the US, (tied with North Lauderdale and Florida City) at 6.7% of all residents.[19]


Wilton Manors is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[20] and the seventeenth largest television market[21] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.

In 2010 Wilton Manors Main Street (now Wilton Manors Development alliance)[22] aided Brazos Films in the production of episode seven of their award winning series One Square Mile.[23]


  1. ^ "Wilton Manors Historical Society Historical Notes, July 2013: Colohatchee Train Station" (PDF). By Ron Ulm with Benjamin Little and the Wilton Manors Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Wilton Manors: From Farming Community to Urban Village (page 17)". By Benjamin B. Little and the Wilton Manors Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Images of America: Oakland Park (pages 7-17)". By Anne Salle and the Oakland Park Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Broward-by-the-Numbers (pages 3-5)" (PDF). www.broward.org. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Gay Wilton Manors News - Gay Wilton Manors News". gaywiltonmanorsinfo.com. 
  9. ^ a b "The Census confirms it: Wilton Manors in No. 2 nationally for most gay couples per 1,000 - Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida". typepad.com. 
  10. ^ http://www.wiltonmanors.com/documentcenter/view/13
  11. ^ "Wilton Manors, FL - Official Website - LGBT Life in Wilton Manors". wiltonmanors.com. 
  12. ^ Thuma, Cynthia. (2005). Wilton Manors (Images of America Series), p. 64. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1741-0.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Facts and Findings from The Gay and Lesbian Atlas". Urban Institute. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  17. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Wilton Manors, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  18. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  19. ^ "Ancestry Map of Haitian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  20. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  21. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  22. ^ "Wilton Manors Development Alliance". developwm.org. 
  23. ^ http://onesquaremile.tv/1sqMile/Wilton_Manors.html

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