Wimauma, Florida

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Wimauma is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 4,246 at the 2000 census.

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History

Wimauma was founded by Captain C.H. Davis in 1902. That year, Davis helped build the Seaboard Air Line Railroad connecting Turkey Creek and Bradenton. Davis decided to found a town at the half-way point, opening a post office there in on October 24, 1902. Davis named the town by taking the first letters of the names of his three daughters, Willie, Maude, and Mary. The town had the railroad tracks as the western boundary and was centered around Lake Tiger, now called Lake Wimauma. The town was officially incorporated in 1925 as the county's fourth municipality, but the city government ceased to function some time in the 1930s. In 1993 this fact was rediscovered, but it was concluded that the incorporation was no longer valid after about 60 years without a city government. Currently, Wimauma is the site of the Church Of God (Cleveland, TN) Camp Ground and conference center.

Geography

Wimauma is located at 27°42′35″N 82°19′4″W / 27.70972°N 82.31778°W / 27.70972; -82.31778 (27.709658, -82.317854)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.8 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (4.43%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,246 people, 951 households, and 820 families residing in the community. The population density was 504.1 people per square mile (194.7/km²). There were 1,097 housing units at an average density of 130.2/sq mi (50.3/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 51.13% White, 7.42% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 37.21% from other races, and 2.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.89% of the population.

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