|Village of Wellington|
|Nickname(s): "The Winter Equestrian Capital of the World"|
|Motto(s): "Unique Hometown, Family Atmosphere, Family Environment" and "A Great Hometown...Let Us Show You!"|
Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||December 31, 1995|
|• Mayor||Anne Gerwig |
|• Vice Mayor||John T. McGovern|
|• Councilmembers||Michael Drahos, Michael J. Napoleone & Tanya Siskind|
|• Village Manager||Paul Schofield|
|• Village Clerk||Chevelle Nubin|
|• Village||45.59 sq mi (118.09 km2)|
|• Land||45.14 sq mi (116.92 km2)|
|• Water||0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2) .99%|
|Elevation||13 ft (5 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||63,900|
|• Density||1,415.50/sq mi (546.52/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||33411, 33414, 33449, 33467|
|GNIS feature ID||1759737|
Wellington is a village just west of West Palm Beach in central Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2014, the city had a population of 61,485 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the most populous village in the state. It is the fifth largest municipality in Palm Beach County by population. Wellington is part of the Miami metropolitan area. Wellington was named Money Magazine's "Top 100" Best Places to Live in 2010. Although Wellington is not a village under any standard definition of the term village in the US, it is referred to officially as the "Village of Wellington". The area is also home to The Mall at Wellington Green and a shopping plaza surrounding it.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Economy
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Parks and recreation
- 6 Equestrian sporting events
- 7 Arts and culture
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Education
- 10 Publications and news
- 11 Notable people
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch on land called the Flying Cow Ranch; "Flying" because the founder was an aviator, and "Cow" stood for the initials for Charles Oliver Wellington (C.O.W.). In the 1950s, Mr. Wellington bought 18,000 acres (73 km2) of central Palm Beach County swampland, which would eventually become the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972, and up until 1990, it functioned as a sprawling bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December 1995. It has now become known as an international center for equestrian sports.
Wellington is located at  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) is water (0.99%).(26.655135, −80.254136).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|2010 Census||Wellington||Palm Beach County||Florida|
|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%|
|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 2015, the median income for a household in the village was $77,233. 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.
Parks and recreation
The Village of Wellington has the following parks:
Wellington provides a number of ball fields.
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.
Equestrian sporting events
Wellington is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to April. It holds 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.
Each year Wellington hosts several high-goal polo tournaments including the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open at the Palm Beach International Polo Club. The International Polo Club was an idea created by players to build a facility to showcase the skills of the ponies and players. The arenas of play include three state-of-the-art playing fields and a stick and ball field. Brunches, charities, corporate events and more are hosted at the International Polo Club in Wellington.
Arts and culture
Wellington has a large renovated public library  and hosts seasonal events such as the annual Top Gun model aircraft show, the Barett-Jackson Auto auction, art and antique shows and holiday parades.
The Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre regularly hosts musical and film events in their outdoor venue.
The Wellington Amphitheater hosts events like free movie night, musical and comedy performances, the Food Truck Invasion and many more.
Wellington has two regional malls The Mall at Wellington Green, and the Old Wellington Mall along with many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.
Uber is available.
Primary and secondary schools
The School District of Palm Beach County serves Wellington.
Public schools in Wellington and schools serving Wellington include:
2013-2015 A-rated schools:
Public Elementary Schools
- New Horizons Elementary School
- Discovery Key Elementary School
- Binks Forest Elementary School
- Elbridge Gale Elementary School
- Equestrian Trails Elementary School
- Panther Run Elementary School
Public Middle Schools
- Wellington Landings Middle
- Emerald Cove Middle School
- Polo Park Middle School
Public High Schools
Publications and news
Wellington is serviced by a few different mainstream news publications.
- The Town-Crier Newspaper: First and longest serving local newspaper serving Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Loxahatchee, Florida and surrounding areas.
- Live Wellington: Owned and operated by the Sun Sentinel. Live focuses on news in Wellington.
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- Stephanie Abrams, meteorologist for (The Weather Channel) in Atlanta, GA
- Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City
- Jon Bostic, NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots
- Ian Carey, multi-platinum selling recording artist and music producer
- Glenn Close, actress
- Fred Couples, golfer (former resident)
- Nacho Figueras, top-ranked polo player and Ralph Lauren model
- Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita"
- Bill Gates, Microsoft founder (seasonal resident)
- Margie Goldstein-Engle, equestrian
- E. Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway
- Angel Hernandez, MLB umpire
- Jessie Hester, former NFL wide receiver, uncle of Devin Hester
- Neil Hirsch, founder of Telerate
- Jeremy Jacobs, owner of NHL's Boston Bruins, Chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies
- Tommy Lee Jones, actor
- Raymond Kassar, former Chairman and CEO of Atari
- Erin Krakow, actress
- Joan Lunden, broadcaster
- Madonna, singer, actress
- Dave O'Brien, sports broadcaster
- Cassadee Pope, musician
- Curtis Pride, former Major League Baseball outfielder
- Rommy Revson, inventor of Scrunchie
- Vanessa Rousso, professional poker player
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, baseball player
- Sean Burnett, MLB Relief Pitcher
- Patti Scialfa, musician
- Stephanie Seymour, model
- Bruce Springsteen, musician
- Chrystine Tauber, Former President of U.S. Equestrian Federation 
- Fred Taylor, retired running back for Jacksonville Jaguars
- Vanilla Ice, rapper
- "Welcome to horse town U.S.A, where Wellington, Fla. is the equestrian capital of the world". The Washington Post by Nicole Crowder (January 6, 2015). Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "Palm Beach Polo: Equestrian". palmbeachpolo.com. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "In a Florida Town, Horses Upstage the Celebrities". The Wall Street Journal by Amy Gamerman on June 23, 2013 4:13 p.m. ET. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "Village of Wellington: History". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "Wellington: A Great Hometown...Let Us Show You!". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- "February 2016 Voter Guide" (PDF). League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County. February 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "Mayor Anne Gerwig". Wellington, FL. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
- "Wellington, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Palm Beach County History Online: Wellington". pbchistoryonline.org. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
- "108th US Open Polo Championships 2012". "Wellingtonpolo.net". Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Locations." BE Aerospace. Retrieved on July 13, 2010.
- "MLA Data Center Results for Wellington, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
- "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
- Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
- Minnick, Andrew,U.S. Teams Finish 1-2 at Wellington Dressage Nations Cup presented by Stillpoint Farm, USEF Network, April 13, 2013
- Palm Beach International Polo Club
- Palm Beach County Library
- Wellington events
- The Wellington Amphitheater
- "Wellington Branch (Wellington)." Palm Beach County Library System. Retrieved on July 13, 2010.
- Wellington Newspapers, Walkabout Wellington
- "Amy Fisher Article on WalkAboutWellington". "WalkAboutWellington.com". Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- Bill Gates Buys Home in Wellington, FL
- "Committee Details". United States Equestrian Foundation. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
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