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Weston, Florida
Incorporated City of Weston
Weston as seen from the air in 2013.
Weston as seen from the air in 2013.
Official logo of Weston, Florida
Official seal of Weston
Motto(s): 
"The Nation's Premier Municipal Corporation"
Location within Broward County and the state of Florida.
Location within Broward County and the state of Florida.
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated September 3, 1996
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
Area
 • City 26.10 sq mi (67.60 km2)
 • Land 24.59 sq mi (63.70 km2)
 • Water 1.51 sq mi (3.91 km2)
Elevation
9 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 68,107
 • Density 2,769.37/sq mi (1,069.27/km2)
 • Metro
5,564,635
Demonym(s) Westonian
Westonite
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33326-33327, 33331-33332
Area codes 754, 954
FIPS code 12-76582
GNIS feature ID 1761599

Weston is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. It is considered to be part of the Miami metropolitan area, which is anchored by Miami. The population was 68,107 at the 2020 census.

Climate

South Florida winters are usually dry and warm during La Niña conditions, while El Niño conditions usually bring cool and wet conditions to the region. ENSO effects on South Florida are rather minimal during the summer months, with the exception of tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic Basin.

Geography

Weston is located at 26°6'27" north, 80°23'17" west (26.107534, −80.388151), at the western edge of development in Broward County. It is bordered by:

On its northeast: Sunrise
On its east: Davie
On its south: Southwest Ranches On its West and North: The Everglades

According to the United States Census Bureau the city has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2), of which 25.2 square miles (65.2 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is water. The total area is 4.49% water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 9,829
2000 49,286 401.4%
2010 65,333 32.6%
2020 68,107 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Weston racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 20,776 30.5%
Black or African American (NH) 2,344 3.44%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 66 0.1%
Asian (NH) 4,664 6.85%
Pacific Islander (NH) 9 0.01%
Some Other Race (NH) 434 0.64%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,936 4.31%
Hispanic or Latino 36,878 54.15%
Total 68,107

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 68,107 people, 20,420 households, and 18,162 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Weston Demographics
2010 Census Weston Broward County Florida
Total population 65,333 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +32.7% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 2,596.6/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or European American (including White Hispanic) 85.8% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 44.8% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 4.4% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 44.9% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian American 4.6% 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) 2.4% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 24,394 households, with 13.0% being vacant. In 2000, there were 16,576 households, out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 17.6% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.29.

According to a 2010 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $93,553 and the median per capita income was $40,432. Males had a median income of $63,135 versus $38,119 for females. 2.3% of the population was below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.8% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

In 2000, the age distribution of the city was as follows: 32.4% were under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64 and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 90.2 males.

In 2000, English was the sole language spoken at home by 62.5% of the residents, while Spanish speakers comprised 31.40% of the population, Portuguese speakers comprised 1.3% of the population, and French speakers 0.82%.

As of 2010, Weston had the highest number and highest percentage of Venezuelans in the United States, at 9.4% of the city's residents, the fourteenth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 6.19% of the city's population, seventy-fifth highest percentage of Cubans, at 4.05% of Weston residents, and had the forty-seventh highest percentage of Peruvians in the US, with 1.19% of the population (tied with Orange, New Jersey). Also, Puerto Ricans, made up 4.1% of residents.

Infrastructure

Roads

Federal roads

I-75 and Weston Racquet Club, Weston, Florida February 23, 2022
Interstate 75 in Weston, as seen from Vacation Village at Weston.

Weston is served by the following federal highways:

  • Interstate 75 – Travels north-to-south along the eastern edge of the city, and east-to-west along the northern edge of the city as "Alligator Alley."
  • U.S. Highway 27 – Travels north-to-south through the western fringes of the city.

Additionally, Interstate 595's western terminus is at the Weston-Sunrise-Davie tripoint.

State roads

Weston is served by the following state roads:

  • State Road 84 – Travels east-to-west through the city as the service road for Interstate 75 and forms Weston's northern border.
    State Road 84 and Interstate 75 at Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston, Florida February 20, 2022
    SR 84 as seen from its intersection with Bonaventure Boulevard within Weston. Interstate 75 can be seen crossing over Bonaventure Boulevard, in between SR 84's westbound and eastbound lanes.

Additionally, Griffin Road (State Road 818) serves the city and parallels its southern border.

Other roads

Other major roads in Weston include Blatt Boulevard, Bonaventure Boulevard, Glades Parkway, Indian Trace, Racquet Club Road, Royal Palm Boulevard, Saddle Club Road, South Post Road, and Weston Road.

Public transit

Bus

The city is served by bus routes of Broward County Transit.

Bicycle routes

Bike Lane, Racquet Club Road, Weston, Florida February 24, 2022
A bicycle lane along Racquet Club Road in February 2022.

The City of Weston maintains a large network of bicycle lanes and paths across the city.

Parks

There are many parks located in Weston. Additionally, Markham Park, a large County Park is located in Sunrise just north of the City. Sawgrass Recreation Park is located in the Everglades, north of the City on US 27. An 8,000-year-old paleo-Indian and Tequesta Indian burial mound is located in the city.

Weston Regional Park

Weston Regional Park consists of the Sheinberg YMCA of Weston along with swimming pools, a skate park, baseball fields, outdoor hockey rinks, basketball courts, turf soccer fields, natural grass soccer fields, playgrounds, and hiking trails. Home of the Weston Hawks.

Broward County Public Library Park

Located across from Cypress Bay Highschool. The park serves as a bridge between Cypress Bay Highschool and the Broward County Public Library. Many Cypress Bay students take college courses from the Weston Branch of Broward College that is located in the second floor of the Broward County Public Library. The park provides outdoor classroom space, and has many walkways that connect gazebos with stepped seating.

Vista Park

Vista Park is located next to Cypress Bay High School and Falcon Cove Middle School. It has 30 acres of community park, four baseball/softball fields and four soccer fields.

Tequesta Trace Park

Tequesta Trace Park is adjacent to Tequesta Trace Middle School. It has 42 acres of community park, baseball fields, football fields, one hockey rink, and a main football field with a track, followed with a trail.

Home of the Weston Rattlers and Weston Warriors.

Gator Run Park

Gator Run Park is located next to Gator Run Elementary School. It's a 7-acre community park with one shaded playground and three pavilions.

Weston Town Center

Weston Town Center is a shopping center located on the corner of Royal Palm Boulevard and Bonaventure Boulevard. It features salons and boutiques such as Weston Jewelers and Via Moda. Also, it provides casual and fine dinning options for its visitors like Graziano's, The Cheese Course and Prime Time.

Economy

Companies with operations in Weston include Ultimate Software, DHL, Marriott International, Abbott Laboratories, Mondelez, Cleveland Clinic, Wendy's, Caribbean, Rockwell Automation, American Express, and Rick Case Autos.

Sports

The City of Weston contracts with the Weston Sports Alliance, Inc., the City's own all volunteer organization to manage and oversee its organized athletic league programs. The alliance is formed by six charter organizations: baseball/softball/t-ball, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, with roughly 9,000 participants annually.

The Weston FC, based in Weston, is Florida's largest soccer club and is one of the largest in the United States.

On October 16–18, 2013, Weston hosted the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship.

Education

Public schools

Broward County Public Schools operates the public schools in Weston.

Elementary schools

The following elementary schools are located within and serve Weston:

  • Country Isles Elementary School
  • Eagle Point Elementary School
  • Everglades Elementary School
  • Gator Run Elementary School
  • Indian Trace Elementary School
  • Manatee Bay Elementary School

Middle schools

The following middle schools are located within and serve Weston:

  • Falcon Cove Middle School
  • Tequesta Trace Middle School

High schools

Cypress Bay High
Cypress Bay High School in 2011.

Cypress Bay High School is located within and serves the majority of Weston. However, small portions of the city are zoned to Western High School, located in adjacent Davie.

Private schools

The following private schools are located within Weston:

  • Sagemont School
  • Weston Christian Academy
  • Xceed Preparatory Academy

Charter schools

One charter school is located within the city: the Imagine Charter School at Weston.

Higher education

Broward College has a small campus on the second floor of the Broward County Public Library – Weston Branch.

Additionally, the American InterContinental University South Florida Campus was located in Weston until closing in 2015.

Libraries

Weston is served by the Weston Branch Library, which is located on Bonaventure Boulevard. The library is a branch of the Broward County Library.

Library Front2 - panoramio
The main entrance to the Weston Branch Library in 2009.

Notable people

  • Nina Ansaroff, Mixed martial artist
  • Robin Bartleman, Florida State Congresswoman and a former Weston City Commissioner
  • Alan Cohen, Former owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers
  • Daniel Dickey, Comedian, humorist and political activist
  • Sami Gayle, Television and theater actress best known for her role on the CBS series Blue Bloods
  • Art Ginsburg, "Mr. Food" cookbook author and television personality
  • Jake Miller, Hip-hop recording artist
  • Billy Mitchell, Recognized "Video Game Player of the Century," restaurateur
  • Dean Pelman, Israeli-American baseball pitcher for the Israel National Baseball Team
  • Carlos PenaVega, Actor/musician
  • María Luisa Piraquive, Preacher, singer
  • Manny Ramirez, Professional baseball player for the EDA Rhinos
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Representative

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