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Wellington, Florida
Village of Wellington
Nickname(s): "The Winter Equestrian Capital of the World"
Motto: "Unique Hometown, Family Atmosphere, Family Environment" and "A Great Hometown...Let Us Show You!"
Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Incorporated December 31, 1995
 • Village 45.03 sq mi (116.63 km2)
 • Land 31.05 sq mi (80.4 km2)
 • Water .31 sq mi (0.8 km2)  .99%
Elevation 13 ft (5 m)
Population (July 1, 2014)
 • Village 59,860
 • Density 1,329.34/sq mi (513.25/km2)
 • Metro 5,463,857
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33411, 33414, 33449, 33467
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-75812
GNIS feature ID 1759737

Wellington is a village just west of West Palm Beach in 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 South Florida Metropolitan Statistical 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".


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 26°39′18″N 80°15′15″W / 26.655°N 80.25417°W / 26.655; -80.25417 (26.655135, −80.254136). 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%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 4,622
1990 20,670 347.2%
2000 38,216 84.9%
2010 56,508 47.9%
Est. 2015 62,560 10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Wellington Demographics
2010 Census Wellington Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 56,508 1,320,134 18,801,310
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%
Asian 3.8% 2.4% 2.4%
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.

As of 2000, Wellington had the eighty-fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 3.27% of the village's population.

Parks and recreation

The Village of Wellington has the following parks:

  • Commons Preserve
  • Olympia Park
  • Pine Valley Preserve
  • Primrose Park
  • Staimford Park
  • Summerwood Circle Park
  • Village Park
  • Wellington Community Center
  • Wellington Community Park
  • Wellington Green Park
  • Wellington Rotary Peace Park
  • Wellington Tennis Center
  • Yarmouth Park

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

Beezie Madden Onlight WEF 2008
Beezie Madden and Onlight, Grand Prix competition at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington, Florida.

Wellington is known for its equestrian community and hosting equestrian events, notably show jumping, hunting, dressage and polo.

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.

Amphitheater Wellington, Florida front
Amphitheater Wellington, Florida

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 a many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.

There are a number of entertainment and cultural venues such as the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Norton Museum of Art in nearby West Palm Beach.


Wellington's public transportation consists of Palm Tran. It also served by Palm Beach International Airport.

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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