Covering 12 square miles that are almost entirely made up of land, Coconut Creek is located in northern Broward County to the east of Deerfield Beach. With purposeful landscaping lining most major roads, the city maximizes its aesthetic appeal. Trees, parks, and gardens are abundant. With a focus on maintaining beauty and growth, the city is an example of a place that allows nature to flourish through progressive planning. The city has often been referred to as the “Butterfly Capital of the World.” Also, the city became the first in the state to garner recognition as a “Community Wildlife Habitat.”
Incorporated in 1967, early developers came up with Coconut Creek’s name by combining the name of a neighborhood in Miami called Coconut Grove and the name of a village in Miami-Dade County called Indian Creek. Also, some the earliest developers planted coconut trees all around the city in order to set the tone for future landscaping. In recent years, mixed martial arts has become popular in the city due in part to the American Top Team setting up its central gym there. As a result, some of the most well-known residents consist of former and current professional fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
With approximately 60,000 residents, the population of Coconut Creek has more than doubled since 1990. At nearly 5,000 residents per square mile, the population density is about 16 times greater than that of the state as a whole. Less than a third of the people who live there were born in Florida. The median age of the residents is slightly less than that of the entire state of Florida. Roughly three-quarters of the residents are Caucasian. The majority of the other 25 percent is made up of African Americans.
The income per capita in Coconut Creek is slightly greater than the Florida average. Also, the poverty level is reported to be significantly lower than the state and national averages. There are about 14,000 businesses, and Broward County Public Schools is the largest employer. The next three employers on the list are the Seminole Casino, Publix, and Walmart.