Wellington, Florida

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Wellington
Village
Motto: "A Great Hometown...Let Us Show You!"[1]
Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°39′18″N 80°15′15″W / 26.65500°N 80.25417°W / 26.65500; -80.25417Coordinates: 26°39′18″N 80°15′15″W / 26.65500°N 80.25417°W / 26.65500; -80.25417
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Palm Beach
Incorporated (village) December 31, 1995
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Bob Margolis, was elected in the elections of March 2012.
 • City Manager Paul Schofield
Area[2]
 • Village 45.03 sq mi (116.63 km2)
 • Land 31.05 sq mi (80.4 km2)
 • Water .31 sq mi (0.8 km2)  .99%
Elevation[3] 13 ft (5 m)
Population (July 1, 2006)[4]
 • Village 55,584
 • Density 1,230.7/sq mi (475.2/km2)
 • Metro 5,463,857
  2006 Estimates
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33411, 33414, 33449, 33467
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-75812[5]
GNIS feature ID 1759737[6]
Website City of Wellington, Florida Website

Wellington is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2006, the village had a population of 55,584 according to the U.S. Census Bureau,[4] making it the most populous village in the state. Wellington is part of the South Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres (73 km2) of swampland in the 1950s in central Palm Beach County that eventually would be called the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972. For many years it functioned as a bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December 1995. Wellington has become an international center for equestrian sports. Far from its roots as a swampy backwater as compared to its glamorous neighbor Palm Beach twenty minutes to the east, Wellington today quietly draws a wealthy cross-section of international society, celebrity, and business personalities who consider it a required destination for their equestrian pursuits.[7]

Equestrian sporting events[edit]

The Village of Wellington is known for its equestrian community and hosting equestrian and polo events. It is host to both the Winter Equestrian Festival and more than forty weeks of equestrian competitions per year. A new expansion includes the Global Dressage Festival. International competitors attend the equestrian events and social event held in the community.[8]

Wellington holds the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to March (3 months),[9] is considered the top International Equestrian destination for the diverse equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and polo.[10] Each year hosts 26-goal polo matches including the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open at the Palm Beach International Polo Club.

Arts and culture[edit]

Wellington has a large renovated public library, multiple recreation centers, a number of public parks and ball fields, and hosts seasonal events such as the annual Top Gun model aircraft show and holiday parades. The Wellington Amphitheater regularly hosts musical and film events in their outdoor venue.[11] There are a number of entertainment and cultural venues – such as the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Norton Museum of Art – in nearby West Palm Beach.

Wellington has two regional mall The Mall at Wellington Green, and the Old Wellington Mall along with a many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.

Beach activities are around a half hour's drive time, due east, to the Palm Beaches. For variety, from Wellington one can access Fort Lauderdale less than one hour away or travel to South Beach approximately a one and half hour's drive.

Geography[edit]

Wellington is located at 26°39′18″N 80°15′15″W / 26.65500°N 80.25417°W / 26.65500; -80.25417 (26.655135, −80.254136).[12] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81 km2), of which 31.0 square miles (80 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it is water (0.99%).

Demographics[edit]

Wellington Demographics
2010 Census Wellington Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 56,508 1,320,134 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +47.9% +16.7% +17.6%
Population density 1,258.9/sq mi 670.2/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 80.0% 73.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 64.8% 60.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 10.4% 17.3% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 19.4% 19.0% 22.5%
Asian 3.8% 2.4% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.5% 2.3% 2.5%
Some Other Race 3.1% 3.9% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 22,685 households, with 13.3% being vacant. In 2000, there were 12,938 households out of which 69.7% were married couples, 47.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.4% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.25.

In 2000, the village the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the village was $91,000 and the median income for a family was $97,000. Males had a median income of $87,000 versus $84,078 for females. The per capita income for the village was $40,726. About 2.9% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, 83.52% of residents spoke English as a first language, while 12.18% spoke Spanish, French accounted for 0.98%, French Creole for 0.79%, Italian made up 0.61%, and Vietnamese was the mother tongue of 0.47% of the population.[13]

As of 2000, Wellington had the eighty-fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 3.27% of the village's population.[14]

Economy[edit]

BE Aerospace has its corporate headquarters in Wellington.[15]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The School District of Palm Beach County serves Wellington.

Public schools in Wellington and schools serving Wellington include:

Elementary

  • New Horizons Elementary School
  • Discovery Key Elementary School
  • Wellington Elementary School
  • Binks Forest Elementary School
  • Elbridge Gale Elementary School
  • Panther Run Elementary School
  • Equestrian Trails Elementary School

Middle

  • Wellington Landings Middle School
  • Emerald Cove Middle School
  • Polo Park Middle School
  • Okeeheelee Middle School

High

Private schools include:

  • Wellington Christian School
  • Dillon Country Day School
  • Conservatory Prep Senior High
  • Ideal School – Private K – 8
  • Kings Academy

Community colleges[edit]

Palm Beach State College has proposed a Wellington campus. The Wellington town council voted affirmatively on August 13, 2008 to enter negotiations with the college. Plans fell through.[16]

Public libraries[edit]

The Palm Beach County Library System operates the Wellington Branch.[17]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Wellington, Florida". City of Wellington, Florida. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density:2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Wellington, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (XLS). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "108th US Open Polo Championships 2012". "Wellingtonpolo.net". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  8. ^ Minnick, Andrew,U.S. Teams Finish 1-2 at Wellington Dressage Nations Cup presented by Stillpoint Farm, USEF Network, April 13, 2013
  9. ^ "What is Wellington?". Wellington The Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Wellington town website". Wellington Village Government. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  11. ^ "Wellington Amphitheater"
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  13. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Wellington, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Locations." BE Aerospace. Retrieved on July 13, 2010.
  16. ^ http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2008/07/08/c10a_pbcc_edit_0708.html
  17. ^ "Wellington Branch (Wellington)." Palm Beach County Library System. Retrieved on July 13, 2010.
  18. ^ "Amy Fisher Article on WalkAboutWellington". "WalkAboutWellington.com". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  19. ^ Bill Gates Buys Home in Wellington, FL
  20. ^ "Committee Details". United States Equestrian Foundation. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 

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