Hollywood, Florida Information
Hollywood, Florida is located in southeastern Broward County, situated between the major Floridian cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. World renowned for its temperate climate, beaches and wide range of activities, this community has grown in population to become the 12th largest city in the Sunshine State.
Hollywood, Florida Details
As per 2015, the city is home to a population of 149,728. These include both year-round and seasonal residents known affectionately as “Snow Birds.” Official figures do not include visitors from around the world who flock to its beaches for short vacations each year.
The city was initially founded by Joseph W. Young in 1925, as an east coast rival to the film-making capital of Los Angeles. The fledgling vacation community was ravaged by hurricanes in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Financial losses suffered by its founder during the Great Depression, also dampened its immediate growth and future.
Hollywood’s weather is a prime draw for visitors. The average temperature falls between 68 degrees and 83 degrees (Fahrenheit) due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. This blesses the beachfront community with sea breezes and rather dry winters. These breezes provide relief from typically hot and humid Floridian summers.
Hollywood, Florida represents an area of 30.8 square miles in total. Of this acreage, 27.34 square miles are dry land and the remaining 3.46 miles are lakes. It also includes almost six miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, only briefly interrupted by a small portion belonging to the neighboring city of Dania Beach.
The largest adjacent city is Fort Lauderdale. Communities of Cooper City and Davie are located to its northwest border. Pembroke Pines is situated on its western edges, with Miramar along its southwestern border. Hallandale Beach, West Park and Pembroke Park are located just to the south.
The median income for per family in Hollywood, Florida was estimated to be $40,714 in 2000. Likewise, the income per family ratio was approximately $55,849. In this respect, adult males out-earned their female counterparts by an average of $11,865 per year.
The city “per capita income” was estimated to be $22,097. 13.2% of the total population, including 9.9% of families fell below the poverty line. Of these households, 18.1% contained children under the age of 18 and 11.8% were made up of senior residents over the age of 65.
There are 32 two public schools which are operated by the Broward County school system. These schools provide instruction for every grade from kindergarten through high school graduation. For those residents who wish to send their children to private schools, there are 24 private schools. Among these educational facilities are licensed charter schools, parochial schools representing a range of faiths and privately run military academies.
The local region encompasses a full selection of real estate opportunities as reported by the website Zillow.com. These include private homes, condominiums and co-op apartments. Many of these properties come with waterfront property, either along the ocean or interior lakes.
Prices vary greatly with condominium apartments starting at $100,000. Homes then grow in value, all the way up to nine bedroom mansions on waterfront property listed at over $23,000,000. There are also a large number of communities designed exclusively for retirees and homeowners ages 55 and over.
Rental units vary greatly in price, depending upon their size and location to the beach. One might find a simple studio apartment at just under $700 per month, or pay $1500 for a basic two bedroom home with two bathrooms. It should be noted, that many rental buildings with have swimming pools available for their tenants.
Guests from all over North America and the world visit Hollywood, Florida to enjoy its attractions. These include 60 parks of varying sizes, children’s playgrounds, beaches and seven extensive golf courses. The beach has a boardwalk that extends for two and a half miles along the Atlantic Ocean. It is referred to by local residents as the “Broadwalk.”
The Broadwalk contains oceanfront hotels, restaurants and cafes. There is additionally a theater, a weekly farmer’s market, souvenir emporiums, bike rental stations and ice cream parlors. The Broadwalk has become a haven for relaxing activities like walking, jogging and hiking. People on bikes and roller blades conveniently have their own lanes for travel.
When planning to spend time at the Broadwalk, guests will find parking in self-park garages and along adjoining side streets. Publicly run trolley cars visit the area several times a day for a small fee per trip. This allows local visitors a chance to leave their cars at home or while staying at hotels elsewhere in the area.
The proximity to the ocean is something that brings many patrons to dine in this surf-side city. They enjoy the wide range of international cuisines that are offered, along with the chance to dine alfresco and take in the beautiful scenery. The outdoor bandstand just off Johnson Street gives music and dance acts a place to perform during the evening hours.
A new addition to Hollywood’s restaurant lineup is the growth of the food truck industry. Young Circle is home to a “Food Truck Takeover” every Monday night. Hungry guests have a choice of dozens of food trucks offering almost every genre of food imaginable. Within a short walking distance, hungry visitors are able to purchase specialties from Cuba, Mexico, Central America, South America, Jamaica and the West Indies.
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