Weston, Florida

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Weston, Florida
City
City of Weston
Official logo of Weston, Florida
Logo
Nickname(s): "Westonzuela"
Location of Weston, Broward County, Florida
Location of Weston, Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°6′27″N 80°23′17″W / 26.10750°N 80.38806°W / 26.10750; -80.38806Coordinates: 26°6′27″N 80°23′17″W / 26.10750°N 80.38806°W / 26.10750; -80.38806
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Broward County, Florida Logo.svg Broward
Incorporated (city) 1996
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Daniel J. Stermer
 • City Manager John R. Flint
Area[1]
 • City 26.3 sq mi (68.2 km2)
 • Land 25.2 sq mi (65.2 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)  4.49%
Elevation 9 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 65,333
 • Density 2,597/sq mi (1,002.6/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33326-33327, 33331-33332
Area code 754, 954
FIPS code 12-76582[2]
GNIS feature ID 1761599[3]
Website www.westonfl.org

Weston is a suburban community in Broward County, Florida, United States. Established as a city in 1996, much of the community was developed by Arvida/JMB Realty and is located near the western developmental boundary of Broward County. It is the most western city in Broward County, and its entire west side is next to the Everglades. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 65,333.[4] Weston 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 nicknamed Westonzuela by many, due to the city's large and affluent Venezuelan community.[5][6]

An 8,000-year-old paleo-Indian and Tequesta Indian burial mound is located in the city.[7]

In 2010, Money magazine ranked Weston 19th in America in the "Biggest Earners" category, with a median family income of $119,689.[8] In 2006, it was ranked as the city with the largest job growth in Florida and 18th largest in the nation.[9] BusinessWeek ranked Weston as one of the "best affordable suburbs" in the United States in November 2006.[10][11]

Weston consistently ranks high annually in CNN Money magazine's "Biggest Earners" category. In 2008, Money magazine ranked Weston as the 73rd best place to live in America, making it the best place to live in the state of Florida.[12] In 2012, Weston moved up eleven slots to the 62nd best place to live in America, once again topping the list in the state of Florida.[13]

Climate[edit]

South Florida winters are usually dry and warm during La Niña conditions, while El Niño conditions usually bring cool and wet conditions to the region. ENSO effects on South Florida are rather minimal during the summer months, with the exception of tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic Basin.[14]

Geography[edit]

Weston is located at 26°6'27" north, 80°23'17" west (26.107534, −80.388151)[15], at the western edge of development in Broward County. It is bordered by:

On its northeast: Sunrise
On its east: Davie
On its south: Southwest Ranches On its West and North: The Everglades

According to the United States Census Bureau the city has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2), of which 25.2 square miles (65.2 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is water. The total area is 4.49% water.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1990 9,829 —    
2000 49,251 +401.1%
2010 65,333 +32.7%
2012 67,641 +3.5%
Weston Demographics
2010 Census Weston Broward County Florida
Total population 65,333 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +32.6% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 2,596.6/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 85.8% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 44.8% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 4.4% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 44.9% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 4.6% 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) 2.4% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.2% 3.7% 3.6%
Flowers and hedges line all across Weston

As of 2010, there were 24,394 households, with 13.0% being vacant. In 2000, there were 16,576 households out of which 51.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present and 17.6% are non-families. 13.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.97 and the average family size is 3.29.

In 2000, the age distribution of the city was as follows: 32.4% were under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64 and 6.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 90.2 males.

According to a 2010 estimate, the median income for a household in the city is $93,553 [16] and the median per capita income is $40,432.[17] Males have a median income of $63,135 versus $38,119 for females. 2.3% of the population and is below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.8% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.[18]

Sundown in Windmill Ranches

In 2000, English was the sole language spoken at home by 62.5% of the residents, while Spanish speakers comprised 31.40% of the population, Portuguese speakers comprised 1.3% of the population, and French speakers 0.82%.[19]

As of 2010, Weston had the highest number and highest percentage of Venezuelans in the United States, at 9.4% of the city's residents,[20] the fourteenth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 6.19% of the city's population,[21] seventy-fifth highest percentage of Cubans, at 4.05% of Weston residents,[22] and had the forty-seventh highest percentage of Peruvians in the US, with 1.19% of the population (tied with Orange, New Jersey.)[23] Also, Puerto Ricans (who are born U.S. citizens), made up 4.1% of residents.[24]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways in Weston include:

  • Interstate 75, which travels North and South along the Eastern Edge of the City, and East and West along the Northern edge of the City as "Alligator Alley".
  • U.S. Highway 27, which travels along the western edge of the city.

Other major roads and Arterial Streets include:

  • Griffin Road (State Road 818)
  • South Post Road
  • Weston Road
  • Royal Palm Boulevard and then renamed Glades Parkway north of Saddle Club Road
  • Indian Trace
  • Bonaventure Boulevard

The city is served by bus routes of Broward County Transit.

Education[edit]

Public elementary schools[edit]

  • Country Isles Elementary School
  • Eagle Point Elementary School
  • Everglades Elementary School
  • Gator Run Elementary School
  • Indian Trace Elementary School
  • Manatee Bay Elementary School

Public middle schools[edit]

  • Falcon Cove Middle School
  • Tequesta Trace Middle School

Public high schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Institutions of higher learning[edit]

Charter schools[edit]

  • Imagine Charter School of Weston

Parks[edit]

There are many parks located in Weston. Additionally, Markham Park, a large County Park is located in Sunrise just north of the City. Sawgrass recreation Park is located in the Everglades, north of the City on US 27.

Weston Regional Park[edit]

Weston Regional Park consist of the Sheinberg YMCA of Weston along with swimming pools, a skate park, baseball fields, outdoor hockey rinks, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, and hiking trails.

Broward County Public Library Park[edit]

Located across from Cypress Bay Highschool. The park serves as a bridge between Cypress Bay Highschool and the Broward County Public Library. Many Cypress Bay students take college courses from the Weston Branch of Broward College that is located in the second floor of the Broward County Public Library. The park provides outdoor classroom space, and has many walkways that connect gazebos with stepped seating.

Vista Park[edit]

Vista Park is located next to Cypress Bay High School and Falcon Cove Middle School.

Tequesta Trace Park[edit]

Tequesta Trace Park has baseball fields, football fields, one hockey rink, a main football field with a track, followed with a trail.

Gator Run Park[edit]

Gator Run Park is located next to Gator Run Elementary School and has one playground, and three pavilions.

Economy[edit]

Companies based in Weston include Ultimate Software.

Sports[edit]

On October 16–18, 2013, Weston hosted the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density:2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Weston city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-03-19/news/fl-venezuelan-population-in-weston-20130317_1_safe-home-south-florida-venezuelans-maracaibo
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/us/23florida.html?pagewanted=all
  7. ^ p.31-34. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2012-02-23.
  8. ^ "Best Places to Live 2010: Top 25 Biggest earners". Money magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Best Places to Live 2006: Top 25 Fastest job growth". Money magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  10. ^ "Best Affordable Suburbs 2006". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  11. ^ Freygang, Andrea and Rafkin, Janis (3 November 2006). "The New World: Weston". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  12. ^ "Best Places to Live 2008". Money magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  13. ^ "Best Places to Live 2012". Money magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  14. ^ Climate Page for South Florida. Srh.noaa.gov (2012-01-07). Retrieved on 2012-02-23.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Weston, Florida American FactFinder Median Household Income in Past 12 Months (in 2010 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  17. ^ "Weston, Florida American FactFinder Per Capita Income in Past 12 Months (in 2010 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  18. ^ "Weston, Florida: Poverty status in the past twelve months". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  19. ^ "Modern Language Association Data Center Results of Weston, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  20. ^ "'Westonzuela' offers expatriates a safe home away from home". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  21. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  22. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  23. ^ "Ancestry Map of Peruvian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  24. ^ American FactFinder. Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2012-02-23.

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