Westchase, Florida

Westchase is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 21,747 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 11,116 at the 2000 census. The census area encompasses most of the 33626 ZIP code area.

Westchase, Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°3′10″N 82°36′41″W
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyHillsborough
Government
  TypeHomeowner association
  President[1]Nancy Sells[1]
Area
  Total10.7 sq mi (27.8 km2)
  Land9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
  Water0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total21,747
  Density2,203/sq mi (850.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33626
Area code(s)813
FIPS code12-76062[2]
GNIS feature ID1853303[3]

Description

Westchase is located halfway between Tampa and Palm Harbor. Its boundaries include Oldsmar to the west, Keystone to the north, Town 'n' Country to the south, and Citrus Park to the east. Westchase Golf Course is a major recreational amenity for the community. Tampa Bay Downs, a horse racetrack, is located on the area's western edge.

History

Westchase was founded in 1991 with the approval of the Hillsborough County commissioners.

Geography

Westchase is located in northwestern Hillsborough County at 28°3′10″N 82°36′41″W (28.052799, -82.611352,[5] about 17 miles (27 km) northwest of downtown Tampa. It is bordered to the west by Pinellas County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Westchase CDP has a total area of 10.7 square miles (27.8 km2), of which 9.9 square miles (25.6 km2) are land and 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2), or 8.04%, are water.[4]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
200011,116
201021,74795.6%
source:[6]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 21,747 people residing in the community. The population density was 2,203 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the community was 82.5% White, 5.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.6% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.5% of the population.[7]

There were 9,244 households in Westchase. The average household size was 2.55.[7]

The median income for a household in the community was $88,964. The median home value was $326,200.[7]

Community association

The Westchase Community Association is the largest deed-restricted community (homeowner association) within the Westchase census-designated place. The community is organized into 28 neighborhoods, or villages. Some of these villages are organized into even smaller subsections. Each of these villages and their "sub-villages" are represented by a voting member and at least one alternate who are elected annually by the residents of a particular neighborhood. Some of the villages also have a website that is maintained by a "village webmaster". Residents are encouraged to participate by attending website committee meetings or providing material to help improve the website to the webmaster.

Community development districts

Westchase was established with two Community Development Districts (CDDs). CDDs are statutorily created governmental entities charged with the task of maintaining the common areas of planned communities.[8] In September 2011, the two CDDs agreed to merge.[9] The state approved the merger and it became effective October 1, 2011.[10]

The villages

  • Abbotsford
  • Arlington Park
  • Bennington
  • Berkeley Square
  • Brentford
  • The Bridges
  • Castleford
  • Chelmsford
  • Classic Townhomes of West Park Village
  • Enclave
  • Glencliff
  • Glenfield
  • The Greens
  • Harbor Links/Estates
  • Keswick Forest
  • Kingsford
  • Radcliffe
  • Saville Rowe
  • The Shires
  • West Park Village-Single Family Homes
  • Reserve at West Park Village
  • Stamford
  • Townhomes of West Park Village
  • Traditional Townhomes of West Park Village
  • Village Green
  • Villas of West Park Village
  • Vineyards
  • Woodbay
  • Worthington
  • Wycliff

West Park Village

West Park Village, with two town centers, is a walkable mixed-use area in Westchase with shops, bars, restaurants and village greens, as well as condos, townhomes, houses, and apartments with varied resident ages. Some of the most highly rated bars in the Tampa area are located here. West Park Village has a distinct look which was inspired by historic Hyde Park in South Tampa. The area has a summer concert series, nightly specials at the different village restaurants, and an annual pub crawl.. Westchase ranked as the 26th coolest suburb in the United States worth a visit by Travel + Leisure magazine.[11]

See also

References

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