Coconut Creek, Florida

Coconut Creek is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Situated 37 miles north of Miami, it had a population of 52,909 in 2010.[7] It is part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city seceded from Pompano Beach in the 1960s. It is nicknamed "Butterfly Capital of the World" because it is home to Butterfly World, the world's largest butterfly aviary, with over 80 species and 5,000 individual butterflies.[8]

Coconut Creek, Florida
City of Coconut Creek
Flag of Coconut Creek, Florida
Coat of arms of Coconut Creek, Florida
Coat of arms
"Butterfly Capital of the World"
Location in Broward County and the State of Florida
Location in Broward County and the State of Florida
Coconut Creek, Florida is located in the United States
Coconut Creek, Florida
Coconut Creek, Florida
Location in the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472Coordinates: 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472
Country United States
State Florida
CountyLogo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
IncorporatedFebruary 20, 1967; 53 years ago (1967-02-20)[1]
 • TypeCommission-manager
 • MayorLou Sarbone
 • Vice MayorJosh Rydell
 • CommissionersSandra L. Welch, Mikkie Belvedere, and Rebecca A. "Becky" Tooley
 • City ManagerKaren M. Brooks
 • City ClerkLeslie Wallace May
 • City11.99 sq mi (31.05 km2)
 • Land11.17 sq mi (28.92 km2)
 • Water0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
Elevation13 ft (4 m)
 • City52,909
 • Estimate 
 • Density5,484.24/sq mi (2,117.53/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33063, 33066, 33073, 33093, 33097
Area code(s)754, 954
FIPS code12-13275[5]
GNIS feature ID0300334[6]


Coconut Creek has an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), with approximately 50,000 residents and 1,400 businesses. Housing is primarily single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses within professionally landscaped communities.

The city took its name from the coconut trees, that were planted in the area by early developers. Robert E. Bateman, one of the developers, named Coconut Creek after combining the names of Miami-Dade County's village of Indian Creek and the Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove.

According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 52,909. Coconut Creek is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

The city is a well-planned community with a unique environmental consciousness touting an abundance of trees, waterways, attractive landscaped roads, beautiful parks, and butterfly gardens throughout the neighborhoods. This is due to the city's progressive planning approach to creating a unique life-style for residents and businesses. Coconut Creek is the first in the state of Florida and eleventh in the country to be certified as a "Community Wildlife Habitat".

In 2010, Money magazine named the city of Coconut Creek the 48th best small town to live in the United States.[citation needed]

Playful City USA, a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the play deficit, named Coconut Creek a 2012 Playful City USA. KaBOOM! selected Coconut Creek for its outstanding dedication to play.

Coconut Creek is adjacent to "Mount Trashmore", officially known as the Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park, which has long emitted foul odors into the air of the city.[9][10] In September 2010, after threatening to sue over the landfill's odors, Coconut Creek reached an agreement with Waste Management, Inc., the operator of the landfill, that prohibits food and other decaying materials from going into Mount Trashmore after October 2, 2013.[11]


Coconut Creek is located at 26°16′30″N 80°11′5″W / 26.27500°N 80.18472°W / 26.27500; -80.18472 (26.275010, -80.184719).[12] The city is in northern Broward County. It is bounded by unincorporated Palm Beach County on the north, by the cities of Parkland, Coral Springs and Margate on its west, by Deerfield Beach on its east, and by Pompano Beach on its east and southeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, Coconut Creek has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km2), of which 11.9 square miles (30.7 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) is water (1.21%).[7]


According to the Köppen climate classification, Coconut Creek has a tropical rainforest climate. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 93 °F, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 58 °F. The annual average precipitation at Coconut Creek is 57.27 inches. Summer months tend to be wetter than winter months. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 7.31 Inches.


Coconut Creek Demographics
2010 Census Coconut Creek Broward County Florida
Total population 52,909 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +21.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,464.7/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 75.3% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 59.7% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 13.7% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 3.8% 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) 3.0% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.1% 3.7% 3.6%
Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)61,248[4]15.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of 2010, there were 25,926 households, with 12.2% being vacant. In 2000, there were 20,093 households, out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.73.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out, with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $43,980, and the median income for a family was $55,131. Males had a median income of $40,965 versus $31,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,590. About 5.1% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 79.23% of residents, and Spanish made up of 11.18%. Other languages spoken as a first language were Portuguese 1.79%, Italian 1.40%, Yiddish 1.37%, and French at 1.17% of the population.[15]

As of 2000, Coconut Creek was the twenty-sixth most Brazilian-populated area in the U.S. (tied with Belle Isle, Big Pine Key, and several other areas in the Northeast) at 1.2% of the population.[16]


Largest employersEdit

According to the city's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 2,000
2 Broward College - North Campus 998
3 Broward County Public Schools 908
4 Publix 608
5 Atlantic Technical College 469
6 City of Coconut Creek 410
7 Walmart 326
8 Food for the Poor 324
9 Al Hendrickson Toyota 302
10 Vista BMW 300


Coconut Creek is served by seven public schools operated by Broward County Public Schools.[18]

Elementary schools

  • Coconut Creek Elementary[19]
  • Tradewinds Elementary[20]
  • Winston Park Elementary[21]
  • Outside of the city limits: Liberty Elementary in Margate[22]

Middle school

High schools

Private schools

Higher education

Points of interestEdit

Notable peopleEdit


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  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Coconut Creek, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
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  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Coconut Creek city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
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  9. ^ Huriash, Lisa (April 18, 2008). "Landfill neighbors breathe easier". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Rubin, Jeffrey (February 14, 1991). "Creek Officials Gear To Fight Compost Plan". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  11. ^ Barkhurst, Ariel; Lisa J. Huriash (July 15, 2013). "Mount Trashmore smell prompts resident complaints". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
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  16. ^ "Ancestry Map of Brazilian Communities". Retrieved October 22, 2007.
  17. ^ "City of Coconut Creek 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  18. ^ "Zoning Map" (PDF). Coconut Creek, Florida. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to school attendance boundary maps.
  19. ^ "Coconut Creek Elementary School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  20. ^ "Tradewinds Elementary School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  21. ^ "Winston Park Elementary School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  22. ^ "Liberty Elementary School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  23. ^ "Lyons Creek Middle School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  24. ^ "Margate Middle School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  25. ^ "Coconut Creek High School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  26. ^ "Monarch High School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020. - Compare to the zoning map.
  27. ^ "Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School" (PDF). Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  28. ^ Department, Technological University of America - IT. "Technological University of America, Universidad Tecnológica de América, TUA". Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  29. ^ "PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  30. ^ "Fitness Center North". Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  31. ^ "Goldcoast Ballroom | Home". Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  32. ^ "Sabal Pines Park". Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  33. ^ "Seminole Casino Coconut Creek". Retrieved June 7, 2016.

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