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Greenacres, Florida
City of Greenacres
Flag of Greenacres, Florida
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Motto(s): 
"A Good Place to Live"
Location of Greenacres, Florida
Location of Greenacres, Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Incorporated May 24, 1926
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 6.04 sq mi (15.64 km2)
 • Land 6.00 sq mi (15.54 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 43,990
 • Density 7,331.67/sq mi (2,830.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33400-33499
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-27322
GNIS feature ID 283408
Website http://greenacresfl.gov/

Greenacres is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. Situated in the east-central portion of the county, Greenacres is located northwest of Atlantis, east of Wellington, and borders Palm Springs to its east. As of the 2010 United States census, the city had a population of 37,573 people, up from 27,569 at the 2000 census. The Census Bureau estimated that 41,117 people reside in Greenacres as of 2019. It is a city within the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people as of 2015.

Frederick E. Bryant, Harold J. Bryant, and William Greenwood of the Palm Beach Farms Company began buying and selling thousands of acres of land in the area by 1909. However, difficulties with farming in wetland conditions left the land mostly unused until the 1920s land boom. Lawrence Carter "L. C." Swain then platted the original section of Greenacres beginning in 1923. The community was incorporated as Greenacres City on May 24, 1926, with the name being drawn out of a hat. The city was dis-incorporated under controversial circumstances in 1945, before being officially re-incorporated in 1947. The city's population remained small until rapid growth began in the 1970s. Residents voted to rename the community Greenacres in 1990.

Today, Greenacres is a diverse and relatively large community in terms of population. John I. Leonard High School, the largest high school in Palm Beach County and one of the largest in Florida, has been located in Greenacres since the city annexed the property in 1994.

History

Greenacres was founded by Lawrence Carter Swain and incorporated as a city in 1926. Originally 320 acres, Swain specifically created the city for the working and middle class. Swain Boulevard and L.C. Swain Middle School are named in his honor. The name Greenacres was the winning entry in a local naming contest.

Geography

Greenacres is located at 26°37′41″N 80°8′7″W / 26.62806°N 80.13528°W / 26.62806; -80.13528 (26.628045, -80.135389).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.79 square miles (15.0 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 329
1940 304 −7.6%
1950 531 74.7%
1960 1,026 93.2%
1970 1,731 68.7%
1980 8,780 407.2%
1990 18,683 112.8%
2000 27,569 47.6%
2010 37,573 36.3%
2020 43,990 17.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Greenacres racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 11,739 26.69%
Black or African American (NH) 9,430 21.44%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 50 0.11%
Asian (NH) 1,649 3.75%
Pacific Islander (NH) 5 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 310 0.7%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,127 2.56%
Hispanic or Latino 19,680 44.74%
Total 43,990

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 43,990 people, 13,986 households, and 9,435 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,331.67 inhabitants per square mile (2,830.8/km2). The 17,927 housing units averaged 3,043.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,175.1/km2). Approximately 76.7% of residents of the city were age 18 and over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, 37,573 people, 17,249 households, and 14,384 families were residing in the city. The population density was 7,029.8 inhabitants per square mile (2,714.2/km2). The 17,249 housing units averaged 2,928.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,130.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 40.8% White, 17.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 9.0% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 38.3% of the population.

In the city, the age distribution was 16.6% at 65 or older, 24.8% was under 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, and 22.1% from 45 to 64; the median age was 36.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males. Around 35.4% of the households in 2010 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 16.4% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no spouse present, and 34.4% were not families. About 27.9% of all households were made up of one individual, and 32.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61, and the average family size was 3.17.

Education

Public Elementary Schools

  • Cholee Lake Elementary School
  • Diamond View Elementary School
  • Greenacres Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Liberty Park Elementary School
  • Forest Hill Elementary School

Public Middle Schools

  • L. C. Swain Middle School
  • Okeeheelee Middle School
  • Tradewinds Middle School

Public High School

  • John I. Leonard High School
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