Coral Springs

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Coral Springs, officially the City of Coral Springs, is a city in the North West section of Broward County, approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. As of the 2010 census, (the 2010 United States Census, known as "Census 2010", is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census) the population of Coral Springs was 121,096. It 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, officially chartered on July 10, 1963, was master-planned and primarily developed by WCI Communities, then known as Coral Ridge Properties. Despite the name, there are no springs in the city; Florida's springs are found in the central and northern portions of the state.

During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s the young city grew rapidly, adding over 35,000 residents each decade. Coral Springs has notably strict building codes, which are designed to maintain the city's distinctive aesthetic appeal. The city government's effective fiscal management has maintained high bond ratings, and the city has won accolades for its overall livability, its low crime rate, and its family-friendly orientation.

HISTORY

Prior to its incorporation as a city in July 1963, the area which is now Coral Springs was part of 20,000 acres of marshy lands bought by Henry Lyons between 1911 and 1939. After several floods in 1947, Florida created the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (now the South Florida Water management District). Canals and levees drained much of the area upon which Coral Springs was built. After the land was drained and cleared, most of the area was used as a bean farm. After Lyons' death in 1952, his heirs changed the focus to cattle.

A post-World War II real estate boom in South Florida attracted the interest of developers. Coral Ridge Properties, which already had several developments in Broward County, bought 3,869 acres of land from the Lyons family on December 14, 1961 for $1 million.

Other names that were considered for the new city included "Curran Village," "Pompano Springs" and "Quartermore". By 1964, the company had developed a master plan for a city of 50,000 residents. On July 22, 1964, the first sale of 536 building lots netted $1.6 million.

The city added nineteen public schools, a regional mall, shopping centers and parks during the last three decades of the twentieth century in response to rapid population growth. The construction of the Sawgrass Expressway in 1986 brought even more growth. A museum and a theater opened in the 1990s.

Coral Springs was ranked as the 27th best city in the United States in which to live by Money Magazine in 2006; was named the 10th safest city in the US by Morgan Quitno in 2007; and was a multiple recipient of America’s Promise "100 Best Cities for Young People" award, identified by the group as a three-time winner in 2008. In 2010, CNNMoney.com listed Coral Springs as the 44th best place to live in the United States.

GEOGRAPHY

According to the 2010 census, (the 2010 United States Census, known as "Census 2010", is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census) Coral Springs has a total area of 24.0 square miles, 23.8 square miles of which is land and 0.19 square miles of which is water.

Coral Springs is bordered by the cities of Parkland to the north, Coconut Creek to the east, Margate and North Lauderdale to the southeast, Tamarac to the south and The Everglades to the west.

Coral Ridge Properties established strict landscaping and sign laws for the city—a question in the original version of Trivial Pursuit noted that the city hosted the first McDonald’s without the distinctive Golden Arches sign. Restrictions on commercial signs, exterior paint colors, roofing materials, recreational vehicle and boat storage, and landscaping specifications are all strictly enforced; consequently, real estate values in the city are significantly higher than the county as a whole. In 2006, the median price of a single family home in Coral Springs was US$415,000, while the median price county-wide was US$323,000.

DEMOGRAPHICS

As of 2010, there were 45,433 households in Coral Springs. As of 2000, 19,151 households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26,875 were married couples living together, 7,663 had a female householder with no husband present, and 8,387 were non-families. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.45.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was US$69,808, and the median income for a family was $76,106. Males had a median income of $47,427 versus $34,920 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,285

As of 2000, those who spoke only English at home accounted for 74.6% of residents. Other languages spoken at home included Spanish (15.0%), (more than 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide), French Creole (2.2%), Portuguese (1.4%) and French (1.1%)

EDUCATION

Public Elementary Schools

  • Coral Park Elementary School.
  • Coral Springs Elementary School.
  • Country Hills Elementary School.
  • Eagle Ridge Elementary School.
  • Forest Hills Elementary School.
  • James S. Hunt Elementary School.
  • Maplewood Elementary School.
  • Parkside Elementary School.
  • Park Springs Elementary School.
  • Ramblewood Elementary School.
  • Riverside Elementary School.
  • Westchester Elementary School.

Public Middle Schools

  • Coral Springs Middle School.
  • Forest Glen Middle School.
  • Ramblewood Middle School.
  • Sawgrass Springs Middle School.

Public High Schools

  • Coral Glades High School.
  • Coral Springs High School.
  • J.P. Taravella High School.


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Updated: 19th November, 2018 12:55 AM.