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Hollywood, Florida
City of Hollywood
Hollywood, Florida water tower
Hollywood, Florida water tower
Flag of Hollywood, Florida
Official seal of Hollywood, Florida
Diamond of the Gold Coast
Location of Hollywood, Florida
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Hollywood, Florida
Location in Florida
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Hollywood, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
Founded February 18, 1921
Incorporated November 28, 1925
 • Type Commission-manager
 • Total 30.78 sq mi (79.71 km2)
 • Land 27.25 sq mi (70.58 km2)
 • Water 3.52 sq mi (9.13 km2)  11.23%
9 ft (3 m)
 • Total 153,067
 • Density 5,616.93/sq mi (2,168.72/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33004, 33009, 33019-33021, 33023, 33024, 33312, 33314, 33316
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-32000
GNIS feature ID 0284176

Hollywood is a city in southern Broward County, Florida, United States, located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. As of 2020, Hollywood had a population of 153,067. Founded in 1925, the city grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, and is now the 12th-largest city in Florida. Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census. The average temperature is between 68 and 83 °F (20 and 28 °C).


Joseph W. Young founded the city in 1925. He dreamed of building a motion picture colony on the East Coast of the United States and named the town after Hollywood, California. Young bought up thousands of acres of land around 1920, and named his new town "Hollywood by the Sea" to distinguish it from his other real estate venture, "Hollywood in the Hills", in New York

Hollywood beach in August 2014

Young had a vision of having lakes, golf courses, a luxury beach hotel, country clubs, and a main street, Hollywood Boulevard. After the 1926 Miami hurricane, Hollywood was severely damaged; local newspapers reported that Hollywood was second only to Miami in losses from the storm. Following upon Young's death in 1934, the city encountered more terrific hurricanes and not only that, but the stock market crashed with personal financial misfortunes. It felt as though the city was tumbling slowly piece by piece with all of those tragic events taking place.

Hollywood is a planned city. On Hollywood Boulevard is the Mediterranean-style Joseph Young Mansion, built around 1921, making it one of the oldest houses in Hollywood.


Hollywood is located at 26°1′17″N 80°10′30″W / 26.02139°N 80.17500°W / 26.02139; -80.17500 (26.021467, -80.174910).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.8 square miles (80 km2)*, of which 27.34 square miles (71 km2) is land and 3.46 square miles (9 km2) is water (11.23%).

Hollywood is located in southeastern Broward County, and includes approximately 5 to 6 miles (8.0 to 9.7 km) of Atlantic Ocean beach, interrupted briefly by a portion deeded to Dania Beach. It is bounded by the following municipalities:

To the north:

To the northwest:

To the west:

To the southwest:

To the south:

Hollywood has a tropical monsoon climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters.

Climate data for Hollywood, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
Average high °F (°C) 76
Average low °F (°C) 59
Record low °F (°C) 28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.94
Hollywood Beach panorama
Hollywood Beach in March 2008.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,689
1940 6,239 132.0%
1950 14,351 130.0%
1960 35,237 145.5%
1970 106,873 203.3%
1980 121,323 13.5%
1990 121,697 0.3%
2000 139,357 14.5%
2010 140,768 1.0%
2020 153,067 8.7%

2020 census

Hollywood racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 56,909 37.18%
Black or African American (NH) 25,194 16.46%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 233 0.15%
Asian (NH) 3,958 2.59%
Pacific Islander (NH) 55 0.04%
Some Other Race (NH) 1,353 0.88%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 4,334 2.83%
Hispanic or Latino 61,031 39.87%
Total 153,067

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 153,067 people, 55,172 households, and 36,273 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Hollywood Demographics
2010 Census Hollywood Broward County Florida
Total population 140,768 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +1.0% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 5,143.8/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White 72.7% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White) 47.5% 43.5% 57.9%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 32.6% 25.1% 22.5%
Black or African-American 16.7% 26.7% 16.0%
Asian 2.4% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.2% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.5% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2000, of 59,673 households, 24.9% had children under 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were not families. About 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31, and the average family size was 3.00.

The city's age distribution was 21.3% under 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 90.9 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,714, and for a family was $55,849. Males had a median income of $33,102 versus $21,237 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,097. About 9.9% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 66.94% of residents, Spanish accounted for 21.62%, French made up 2.06%, French Creole consisted of 1.32%, Italian comprised 1.12%, Romanian was at 0.91%, Hebrew at 0.88%, Portuguese 0.84%, and German as a mother tongue was 0.72% of the population.

As of 2000, Hollywood had the 75th-highest percentage of Cuban residents in the U.S., at 4.23% of the city's population, and the 65th-highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.26% of the city's population (tied with both the town and village of Mount Kisco, New York.) It also had the fifty-seventh highest percentage of Peruvian residents in the US, at 1.05% of the city's population (tied with Locust Valley, New York), and the 20th-highest percentage of Romanian residents in the US, at 1.1% of the its population (tied with several other areas in the US).


Hollywood is filled with about 60 parks, seven golf courses, and sandy beaches that run for miles.

The famous Hollywood Beach is known for its great broadwalk that extends about 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Parking is available on side streets or in parking garages for a large fee, and public trolleys run through the day. Countless restaurants and hotels line the broadwalk along with a theatre, children's playground, and many other attractions including bicycle rental shops, ice cream parlors, souvenir shops, and a farmer's market. Many of the restaurants offer outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the seabreeze and scenery. The broadwalk is vibrant and lively and is a scenic place for walking and jogging; there is also bike lane for bicyclists and rollerbladers. In the evenings, many restaurant and the bandshell off of Johnson Street showcase musicians and spontaneous dancing may occur in the broadwalk.

Young Circle is another exciting area surrounded by dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars. A Food Truck Takeover occurs every Monday, during which dozens of local food trucks park and create an ever-changing opportunity for hungry masses to experience a variety of cuisines; one can expect to see Cuban, Venezuelan, Mediterranean, Mexican, Jamaican, and/or Peruvian foods in addition to barbecue, burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, and dessert trucks.


These are the neighborhoods and communities that are officially recognized by the City of Hollywood.

  • 441 Corridor
  • Alandco
  • Arapahoe Farms
  • Beverly Hills
  • Beverly Park
  • Boulevard Heights
  • Camino Sheridan
  • Carriage/Carriage Hills
  • Central Business District
  • Condo Presidents
  • Downtown Hollywood
  • Driftwood/Driftwood Acres
  • East Lake
  • Emerald Hills
  • Emerald Oaks
  • Emerald Point
  • Estates of Fort Lauderdale
  • Highland Gardens
  • Hillcrest
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Hollywood Gardens
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Hollywood Lakes
  • Hollywood North Beach
  • Hollywood South Central Beach
  • L'Etoile at Emerald Point
  • Lake Eden
  • Lakes of Emerald Hills
  • Lawnacres
  • Liberia
  • Mapleridge
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community
  • North Central
  • Oak Point
  • Oakridge
  • Oakwood Hills
  • Park East
  • Park Side
  • Playland/Playland Village
  • Playland Estates
  • Quadomain
  • Royal Poinciana
  • Sheridan Oaks
  • Stirling Commercial
  • The Homes at East Lake
  • The Townhouses of Emerald Hills
  • The Wood of Emerald Hills
  • T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
  • Washington Park
  • West Hollywood

Sister cities



Tri-Rail Hyundai Rotem cab car
A Tri-Rail Commuter Train at Sheridan Street Station.

Hollywood is served by Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the 22nd busiest airport in the United States. Broward County Transit operates several bus routes that pass through the city of Hollywood, such as the 1 on US 1 (federal highway). It is also served by Tri-Rail stations at Sheridan Street and Hollywood.

Historic structures

Pictured are some of the remaining historic structures of Hollywood:


Prior to their dissolutions, Commodore Cruise Line and its subsidiary Crown Cruise Line had their headquarters in Hollywood.

Aerospace and electronics parts manufacturer HEICO has its headquarters in Hollywood.

Since 1991, the Invicta Watch Group, a manufacturer of timepieces and writing instruments, has had its headquarters in Hollywood, where it also operates its customer-service call center.

Top employers

According to the city's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer Employees
1 Memorial Healthcare System 4,124
2 City of Hollywood 1,446
3 Chewy 1,200
4 Publix Supermarkets 1,098
5 Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood 960
6 Memorial Regional Hospital South 766
7 Great Healthworks 430
8 BrandsMart USA 351
9 Toyota of Hollywood 333
10 HEICO 320


Guided tours along the Intercostal Waterway are common in Hollywood. The Intercostal Waterway, parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, provides both tourists and locals with the exploration of nature and observation of surroundings.

Young Circle is another area surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars. A Food-Truck Takeover occurs every Monday, during which dozens of local food trucks park and offer a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, Venezuelan, Mediterranean, Mexican, Jamaican, and Peruvian foods, in addition to barbecue, burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, and desserts.


Hollywood (Florida) has a diverse and broad number of education institutions throughout the city. Namely, this include 32 public (and charter) schools with 24 private schools. The public schools are operated by the Broward County Public Schools.

Public schools

Broward County operates 24 public schools, consisting of 4 high schools, 6 middle schools and 14 elementary schools.

The public high schools situated in Hollywood are: Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School, South Broward High School and Sheridan Technical College and High School.

The public middle schools include: Apollo Middle School, Attucks Middle School, Driftwood Middle School, McNicol Middle School, Olsen Middle School and Beachside Montessori Village.

The 14 elementary schools comprise:

  • Mary M. Bethune Elementary School
  • Beachside Montessori Village
  • Boulevard Heights Elementary School
  • Colbert Elementary School
  • Driftwood Elementary School
  • Hollywood Central Elementary School
  • Hollywood Hills Elementary School
  • Hollywood Park Elementary School
  • Oakridge Elementary School
  • Orange Brook Elementary School
  • Sheridan Hills Elementary School
  • Sheridan Park Elementary School
  • Stirling Elementary School
  • West Hollywood Elementary School

Public (charter) schools

In addition to these public schools, there are 8 public 'charter' schools that operates independently from Broward County. These charter schools are the: Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science (K–8), New Life Charter Academy, Championship Academy of Distinction at Hollywood K–5, Championship Academy of Distinction, Avant Garde Academy of Broward (K–12), BridgePrep Academy at Hollywood Hills, Ben Gamla Preparatory Academy and Bridge Prep Academy.

Private schools

Hollywood, Florida has an abundance of private schools scattered across the city. These are:

  • Annunciation School
  • Aukela Christian Military Academy
  • Beacon Hill School
  • Brauser Maimonides Academy
  • Calvary Kids School
  • Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School
  • Covenant Teaching Fellowship School
  • Ebony Village School
  • First Presbyterian Pre-School
  • Guidepost Montessori
  • Hollywood Christian School
  • Little Flower School
  • Love Outreach Christian Academy
  • Nativity Elementary School
  • New Mirawood Elementary School
  • Parkway Christian School
  • Patty Cake Academy
  • Pembroke Park Montessori School
  • Phyls Academy
  • Point of Grace Christian Academy
  • Rainbow Montessori School
  • Sheridan Hills Christian School
  • St. Bernadette Catholic School
  • Toddler Technology Academy

Notable people

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