Wildwood is a city in Sumter County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,924 at the 2000 census.
A post office called Wildwood has been in operation since 1881.The town was so named on account of its remote location in the woods.In April 2015, The Villages and their corporate representation petitioned the city of Wildwood with plans to build 785 new homes on County Road 466A, across from Pinellas Plaza. Wildwood leaders rejected the expansion efforts citing concerns of the city losing its identity when it was to become overwhelmed by The Villages. On April 27, 2015, The Villages formally withdrew their plans for expansion, indicating that the City of Wildwood officials made too many requests that would be a “disservice to our residents and business partners.” There are currently no known plans for further expansion of The Villages into the city of Wildwood at this time.