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Coconut Creek, Florida
City of Coconut Creek
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Coat of arms of Coconut Creek, Florida
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Nickname(s): 
"Butterfly Capital of the World"
Location in Broward County and the State of Florida
Location in Broward County and the State of Florida
Coconut Creek, Florida is located in the United States
Coconut Creek, Florida
Coconut Creek, Florida
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated February 20, 1967; 55 years ago (1967-02-20)
Government
 • Type Commission-manager
Area
 • City 12.00 sq mi (31.07 km2)
 • Land 11.18 sq mi (28.94 km2)
 • Water 0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 57,833
 • Density 5,174.75/sq mi (1,998.03/km2)
 • Metro
6,166,488
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33063, 33066, 33073, 33093, 33097
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-13275
GNIS feature ID 0300334

Coconut Creek is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Situated 37 miles north of Miami, it had a population of 57,833 in 2020. It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm 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 Butterfly World, the world's largest butterfly aviary, with over 80 species and 20,000 individual butterflies.

Characteristics

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. 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.

Geography

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). 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), of which 11.9 square miles (30.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) is water (1.21%).

Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification, Coconut Creek has a tropical savanna climate. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 92 °F, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 58 °F. The annual average precipitation at Coconut Creek is 57.27 inches. Summer months tend to be wetter than winter months. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 7.31 Inches.

Demographics

2020 census

Coconut Creek racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 25,539 44.16%
Black or African American (NH) 9,327 16.13%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 55 0.1%
Asian (NH) 2,167 3.75%
Pacific Islander (NH) 27 0.05%
Some Other Race (NH) 1,402 2.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 4,783 8.27%
Hispanic or Latino 14,533 25.13%
Total 57,833

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 57,833 people, 23,277 households, and 14,236 families residing in the city.

2010 census

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%
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%
2020 57,833 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.

Points of interest

  • American Top Team headquarters
  • Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park
  • Coconut Creek Community Center
  • Coconut Creek Recreation Complex
  • Gold Coast Ballroom
  • Sabal Pines Park
  • Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
  • The Promenade at Coconut Creek

Economy

Largest employers

According to the city's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 2,000
2 Broward College - North Campus 998
3 Broward County Public Schools 908
4 Publix 608
5 Atlantic Technical College 469
6 City of Coconut Creek 410
7 Walmart 326
8 Food for the Poor 324
9 Al Hendrickson Toyota 302
10 Vista BMW 300

Education

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

Elementary schools

  • Coconut Creek Elementary
  • Tradewinds Elementary
  • Winston Park Elementary
  • Outside of the city limits: Liberty Elementary in Margate

Middle school

  • Lyons Creek Middle School
  • Outside of the city limits: Margate Middle School in Margate

High schools

  • Coconut Creek High School
  • Monarch High School
  • Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School - magnet school for the northern part of the county

Private schools

  • North Broward Preparatory School

Higher education

  • Broward College (North Campus)
  • Technological University of America

Notable people

  • Thiago Alves, UFC fighter
  • Jana Bieger, gymnast
  • Lepa Brena, Bosnian singer
  • Bobby Cannavale, actor
  • Jason Derulo, singer
  • Wilson Gouveia, UFC fighter
  • Mat Latos, MLB pitcher, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Robbie Lawler, UFC fighter, former welterweight champion
  • Ricardo Liborio, former professional fighter, co-owner American Top Team, MMA instructor, U.S. wrestling coach
  • Hector Lombard, UFC fighter, former Bellator Middleweight Champion
  • Calvin Ridley, NFL wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Yoel Romero, UFC fighter, former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling
  • Gregory Rousseau, NFL player for the Buffalo Bills
  • Thiago Silva, UFC fighter
  • Andrew Yogan, Hockey player
  • Jazz Jennings, National LGBTQ+ Advocate
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