Wilton Manors, Florida

Wilton Manors is a city in Broward County Florida. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 11,632. Wilton Manors is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people as of the 2010 census. Wilton Manors is also part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United States.

Wilton Manors is often referred to as the “Island City” because its boundaries primarily follow the North and South forks of the Middle River and ideally located within minutes of the beach and downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Wilton Manors has become “the place to be” in South Florida. As a result of the 2010 US Census, the City of Wilton Manors was named the “Second gayest City” in the United States. With a large percentage of the population identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, Wilton Manors has been a progressive place to live, work and play for many years. It contains a large Pride Center, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and a branch of the Stonewall Library & Archives, whose main facility is in neighboring Fort Lauderdale. The main business district of the City is centered on the internationally known Wilton Drive. This shopping area boasts many stores and services geared to the LGBTQA community.

Home to over 40 restaurants, lounges and nightclubs, it has become a destination for tourists and locals alike. Consistent with our pedestrian friendly designation, many people specifically look for housing options that are within walking distance to Wilton Drive. Located adjacent to Wilton Drive is a collection of LGBT friendly bed and breakfast establishments providing visitors instant access to “The Drive” and the unique Wilton Manors hospitality.

While Wilton Drive has a large concentration of LGBTQA-friendly businesses, one of the most unique qualities of the City of Wilton Manors is that there is not a “gay neighborhood” found in many other LGBTQA friendly cities. Instead, all of the neighborhoods in this two-square mile Island City are diverse and safe for all residents. Many LGBTQA residents take an active role in community leadership serving on neighborhood association boards, City boards and within the many community resources.