Coconut Creek, Florida

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Coconut Creek, Florida
City
City of Coconut Creek
Flag of Coconut Creek, Florida
Flag
Coat of arms of Coconut Creek, Florida
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): "Butterfly Capital of the World"
Location in Broward County and the U.S. state of Florida
Location in Broward County and the U.S. state of Florida
Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Broward County, Florida Logo.svg Broward
Incorporated (City) February 20, 1967
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Becky Tooley (acting)
 • City Manager Mary Blasi
Area[1]
 • City 12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Land 11.9 sq mi (30.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[2] 13 ft (2 m)
Population (2010 U.S. Census)
 • City 52,909
 • Density 1,723.8/sq mi (665.6/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33063, 33066, 33073, 33093, 33097
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-13275[3]
GNIS feature ID 0300334[4]
Website www.creekgov.net

Coconut Creek is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. It had a population of 55,001 in 2012.[5] It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city seceded from Pompano Beach in the 1960s. It is nicknamed Butterfly Capital of the World, because it is home to the world's largest butterfly aviary, Butterfly World, with over 80 species and 5,000 individual butterflies.[6]

Characteristics[edit]

Coconut Creek has an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), with approximately 50,000 residents and 1,400 businesses. Housing is primarily single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses within professionally landscaped communities.

The city took its name from the coconut trees that were planted in the area by early developers. Robert E. Bateman, one of the developers, named Coconut Creek after combining the names of Miami-Dade County's village of Indian Creek and the Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove.

According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 52,909. Coconut Creek is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

The city is a well-planned community with a unique environmental consciousness touting an abundance of trees, waterways, attractive landscaped roads, beautiful parks, and butterfly gardens throughout the neighborhoods. This is due to the city's progressive planning approach to creating a unique life-style for residents and businesses. Coconut Creek is the first in the state of Florida and eleventh in the country to be certified as a "Community Wildlife Habitat".

In 2010, Money magazine named the city of Coconut Creek the 48th best small town to live in the United States.

Playful City USA, a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the play deficit, named Coconut Creek a 2012 Playful City USA. KaBOOM! selected Coconut Creek for its outstanding dedication to play.

Coconut Creek is adjacent to "Mount Trashmore," officially known as the Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park, which has long emitted foul odors into the air of the city.[7][8] In September 2010, after threatening to sue over the landfill's odors, Coconut Creek reached an agreement with Waste Management, Inc., the operator of the landfill, that prohibits food and other decaying materials from going into Mount Trashmore after October 2, 2013.[9]

Geography[edit]

Coconut Creek is located at 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472 (26.275010, -80.184719).[10] The city is in northern Broward County. It is bounded by unincorporated Palm Beach County on the north, by the cities of Parkland, Coral Springs and Margate on its west, by Deerfield Beach on its east, and by Pompano Beach on its east and southeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, Coconut Creek has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km2). 11.9 square miles (30.7 km2) of it is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) is water (1.21%).[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,359
1980 6,288 362.7%
1990 27,485 337.1%
2000 43,566 58.5%
2010 52,909 21.4%
Coconut Creek Demographics
2010 Census Coconut Creek Broward County Florida
Total population 52,909 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +21.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,464.7/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 75.3% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 59.7% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 13.7% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 3.8% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.0% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.1% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 25,926 households, with 12.2% being vacant. In 2000, there were 20,093 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.73.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $43,980, and the median income for a family was $55,131. Males had a median income of $40,965 versus $31,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,590. About 5.1% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 79.23% of residents, and Spanish made up of 11.18%. Other languages spoken as a mother tongue were Portuguese 1.79%, Italian 1.40%, Yiddish 1.37%, and French at 1.17% of the population.[11]

As of 2000, Coconut Creek was the twenty-sixth most Brazilian-populated area in the US (tied with Belle Isle, Big Pine Key, and several other areas in the Northeast) at 1.2% of the population.[12]

Economy[edit]

Largest employers[edit]

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
2 Broward County Public Schools 1,283
3 Seminole Coconut Creek Casino 600
4 Publix 571
5 Wal-Mart 505
6 City of Coconut Creek 374
7 Food for the Poor 350
8 Carls Furniture 213
9 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 165
10 Elite Aluminum 85

Education[edit]

Coconut Creek is served by seven public schools operated by Broward County Public Schools.

Elementary schools

  • Coconut Creek Elementary
  • Tradewinds Elementary
  • Winston Park Elementary

Middle school

High schools

Private schools

Higher education

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Coconut Creek, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Coconut Creek city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Butterfly World (official site)
  7. ^ Huriash, Lisa (April 18, 2008). "Landfill neighbors breathe easier". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  8. ^ Rubin, Jeffrey (Feb 14, 1991). "Creek Officials Gear To Fight Compost Plan". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ Barkhurst, Ariel; Lisa J. Huriash (July 15, 2013). "Mount Trashmore smell prompts resident complaints". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "MLA Data Center result for Coconut Creek, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Brazilian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  13. ^ "City of Coconut Creek 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://tuauniversity.org/

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