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The Acreage is an unincorporated community located in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, with a 2010 US Census Bureau population count of 38,704. It is located in the areas north of Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves, and is approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of West Palm Beach. Most of the population lives in single family homes on 1.14 acres (4,600 m2) and larger lots. It straddles the western fringes of the highly developed eastern portion of Palm Beach County and the agricultural/rural western portions. Its large, spacious home site lots, dirt roads and many wooded areas give the area a rural character, although it is widely considered to be an exurban outgrowth of the South Florida Metropolitan Area. The Acreage is located solely within the Indian Trail Improvement District, responsible for maintaining the road and drainage systems within its boundaries.
The Acreage was originally developed by Samuel Friedland and his development company, Royal Palm Beach Colony, Inc., with the name of Royal Palm Beach Colony, as a community to house workers that were employed by the nearby Callery Judge and Mecca Citrus Groves. Workers were given 1-acre (4,000 m2) lots, and coupled with few land restrictions, the area is a haven for those desiring rural life without being too far from the city and for animals, both native and exotic, including alpacas, ibises, iguanas, peafowl and many types of snakes.
Isolated local flooding occurs yearly, leading sometimes to road closures, with Hurricane Irene being the most memorable to the area. The 2004 hurricane season, in which two Category 2 hurricanes struck the area in a three-week period, did considerable damage to the older wooden cottage style houses while the modern houses in the area received mostly cosmetic damage.
It is also surrounded by several nature preserves, and the area blurs the line between rural and suburban. Rapid development of the area has caused a recent push for incorporation and is now notably more built up than nearby Loxahatchee Groves, which has recently incorporated.
The Acreage zipcodes are 33411 (Royal Palm Beach), 33412 (West Palm Beach), 33470 (Loxahatchee), all occurring in barely perceptible regions, resulting in much confusion even amongst the residents of the area. The area is now known for its diverse foreign-born population, with English, Caribbean, and Vietnamese populations being most notable.
Parks and recreation
The community features nine parks. The Acreage Athletic League is the area's youth sports provider.
- Acreage Community Park
- Bob Hoefl Park
- Citrus Grove Park
- Coconut Park
- Downers Park
- Kidscape Park
- Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park
- Sycamore Park
- Temple Park
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