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The City of Wilton Manors is located just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 11,632. Being a separate city from Fort Lauderdale gives Wilton Manors a true small town feeling. Being 2.2 square miles in size, it is easy to navigate.
Wilton Manors, the "Island City", was incorporated in 1947. The city limits are the North Fork and South Fork of the Middle River, Making the city an Island that lies between Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Many neighborhoods have water lots, ocean access and breathtaking views. With mixed use zoning the city offers townhomes as well and multi family units and single family homes.
Over recent years, Wilton Manors has experienced tremendous economic revitalization. Both commercial and residential property values continue to increase, giving proof of the Island City's economic rejuvenation. Along the Drive, the city's Arts and Entertainment District features an array of shops, restaurants, gallery's and entertainment venues situated along a pedestrain-friendly corridor.
The City has several recreational facilities, including Colohatchee Nature Park, which feature a nature boardwalk, dog park and a boat ramp for watercraft entry. Kayak rentals and plenty of places for fishing makes our city perfect for kicking back and enjoying the outdoors!
The City is nearly 100% built-out and embraces the vision of a “sustainable urban village.” As part of its growth management strategy and in anticipation of redevelopment, Wilton Manors completed a major rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR’s). The ULDR’s include regulations that promote New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles. The area adjacent to Wilton Drive, the City’s signature thoroughfare, is home to the Arts and Entertainment District. Within the District, mixed-use development provides for a pedestrian-oriented environment where residents and visitors can shop, dine, and experience the best of what Wilton Manors has to offer.
The City has acquired a great deal of park and open space, much of which is located on Florida’s Middle River. The riverfront parks provide a host of leisure and recreational opportunities including a canoe trail, mangrove preserve, and two naturewalks. In addition, two new community centers have been constructed at the City’s Island City Park Preserve and Hagen Park. The Hagen Park Community Center features accommodations for hosting small cultural and performing art events. Serving to enhance Wilton Manors’ exceptional quality of life, the Wilton Manors Public Library has recently undergone a major expansion providing for a larger collection and extensive electronic resources.
Diversity is the strength of Wilton Manors. Children from many different ethnic backgrounds attend Wilton Manors Elementary School; the City’s Police Department employs African-American, Haitian, and Hispanic officers; and the City Commission includes openly gay elected officials.
Wilton Manors is ideally located, poised for redevelopment, and encourages diversity. Come and join us in the “Island City” and be a part of a diverse “sustainable urban village”.
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, although its population is extremely diverse. 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. 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 gay men per capita than the national average.
Interstate 95 runs just to the west of the city with Oakland Park Blvd East exit serving the city.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport Miami International Airport Beeline Bus
Miami is 30 min drive south and West Palm Beach is 45 min drive north. Orlando Metro is 3 hours by car and Key West is 4 housr drive!
The GLBT community have been moving into South Florida for years and Wilton Manors has fast become the central hub. Many people have been flocking here from all over the world for afforable housing and a sunny climate. Average year around temp is 82.5 degrees, with the most pleasant months being November till May. Summer can be humid for some, but after awhile you get used to it.
Wilton Manors is about 3 miles to the beach, 7 miles to the airport and 3 miles to downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The main drag Wilton Drive recently got a bit of a face lift and there are currently about 10 gay bars located on Wilton Drive all within walking distance. Many restaurants and shops catering to our community.
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