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Lakewood Ranch
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Coordinates: 27°27′54″N 82°25′48″W / 27.46500°N 82.43000°W / 27.46500; -82.43000Coordinates: 27°27′54″N 82°25′48″W / 27.46500°N 82.43000°W / 27.46500; -82.43000
Country United States
State Florida
Counties Manatee, Sarasota
Established February 24, 1994
 • Type CDD and HOA
 • Total 47.05 sq mi (121.86 km2)
 • Land 46.08 sq mi (119.35 km2)
 • Water 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total 34,877
 • Density 756.86/sq mi (292.23/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34202, 34211, 34240
Area codes 941
FIPS code 12-39067
GNIS feature ID 2571108

Lakewood Ranch is a planned community and census-designated place located in southeastern Manatee County and northeastern Sarasota County, Florida, United States consisting of approximately 31,000 acres (13,000 ha). It is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the 2020 census, the community had a population of 34,877.


Lakewood Ranch is located within the Manatee County region in Florida. Manatee County covers almost 900 sq mi (2,300 km2) including waterways, which provided transportation. Railroads, bridges, and roadways were later added for easier access in and out of the area.

Along with transportation development came a rapid growth in population during the early 1920s.

The first neighborhood development, Summerfield, went up in 1995. As the area expanded and population increased, a master-planned community was created called Lakewood Ranch.

Today (As of June 2nd 2016), Lakewood ranch is a busy town with loads of schools, neighborhoods, and shops.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 34,877
U.S. Decennial Census


Schools located within Lakewood Ranch:

Public schools

  • B.D. Gullett Elementary School
  • Braden River Elementary School
  • Braden River Middle School
  • Carlos E. Haile Middle School
  • Dr. Mona Jain Middle School
  • Freedom Elementary School
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Imagine School Lakewood Ranch
  • Lakewood Ranch High School
  • R. Dan Nolan Middle School
  • Robert E. Willis Elementary School

Private schools


  • State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Keiser University

Vocational school

  • Manatee Technical College
  • Meridian College

Notable people

  • Erika Tymrak, soccer player
  • Dick Vitale, basketball broadcaster
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