Parkland, Florida

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Parkland, Florida
City
Motto: Environmentally Proud
Coordinates: 26°18′55″N 80°14′26″W / 26.31528°N 80.24056°W / 26.31528; -80.24056Coordinates: 26°18′55″N 80°14′26″W / 26.31528°N 80.24056°W / 26.31528; -80.24056
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Broward
Incorporated (city) 10 July 1963
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Michael Udine
Area[1]
 • City 12.8 sq mi (33.2 km2)
 • Land 12.3 sq mi (31.9 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)  3.77%
Elevation 9 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 23,962
 • Density 1,943/sq mi (750.3/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33067, 33073, 33076
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-55125[2]
GNIS feature ID 0307615[3]
Website www.cityofparkland.org

Parkland is an affluent city in Broward County, Florida, United States, where zoning laws are designed to protect the "parklike" character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this changed in the early 2000s. As of the 2010 census, the population of Parkland was 23,962.[4] It is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Parkland is located at 26°18′55″N 80°14′26″W / 26.315357°N 80.240444°W / 26.315357; -80.240444.[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.2 km2). 12.3 square miles (31.9 km2) of it is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (3.97%) is water.[4] The northern boundary of Parkland coincides with the border between Broward and Palm Beach counties. West Boca, an unincorporated area of Palm Beach County that extends west of Boca Raton's city limits, lies to the north. Coconut Creek lies to the east, Coral Springs lies to the south, and the west is bound by The Everglades.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were people, 4,349 households, and 3,805 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,356.7 per square mile (523.7/km²). There were 4,522 housing units at an average density of 443.4 per square mile (171.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.42% White (84.1% were Non-Hispanic Whites,).[6] 1.07% African American, 0.12% Native American, 3.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.33% of the population.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

According to a 2008 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $177,072, and the estimated median house value was $873,176.[7] Males had a median income of $93,942 versus $71,425 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,896. About 2.0% of families and .4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language was 82.79%, Spanish was at 11.48%, Italian at 2.03%, and German made up 1.20% of the population.[8]


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Education[edit]

Broward County Public Schools serves Parkland.

Public high school

Public middle school

  • Westglades Middle School

Public elementary schools

  • Riverglades Elementary School
  • Park Trails Elementary School
  • Heron Heights Elementary School

Private primary schools

  • Mary Help of Christians School

Controversy[edit]

As recently as the 1990s Parkland was regarded as something of a rural enclave within highly-urbanized South Florida. In more recent years however, residential gated communities, executive homes, and suburban McMansion-style housing have come to characterize much of the city's landscape. Nevertheless, small farms and equestrian ranches continue to exist and operate inside the city limits, often in close proximity to newer housing developments. Resident complaints of manure odors, livestock noise, and horse traffic have been documented by local authorities, as have cases of residents intentionally spooking horses, thereby endangering riders, and throwing garbage over fences into pastures. As a result of such incidents, a special designation for small, private farms, called hobby farms, that protects them from complaints has been proposed, similar to an ordinance in effect in the city of Davie. Parkland city officials have said they're bound by Florida's Farm Act, which prohibits cities from regulating equestrian communities, or limiting their growth. [9]

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