Wellington is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2006, the village had a population of 55,584 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the most populous village in the state. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.25 in 2010.
A little history: Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres (73 km2) of swampland in the 1950s in central Palm Beach County that eventually would be called the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972.
Speaking of Equestrian Sporting Events: The Village of Wellington is known for its equestrian community and hosting equestrian and polo events. It is host to both the Winter Equestrian Festival and more than forty weeks of equestrian competitions per year. A new expansion includes the Global Dressage Festival. International competitors attend the equestrian events and social event held in the community.
Wellington holds the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to March (3 months), is considered the top International Equestrian destination for the diverse equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and polo. Each year hosts 26-goal polo matches including the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open at the Palm Beach International Polo Club.
Yes, There Are Arts And Culture: Wellington has a large renovated public library, multiple recreation centers, a number of public parks and ball fields, and hosts seasonal events such as the annual Top Gun model aircraft show and holiday parades. The Wellington Amphitheater regularly hosts musical and film events in their outdoor venue. There are a number of entertainment and cultural venues – such as the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Norton Museum of Art – in nearby West Palm Beach.
Wellington has a large regional mall The Mall at Wellington Green, along with a many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.
Beach activities are a half hour's drive time, due east, to the Palm Beaches. For variety, from Wellington one can access Fort Lauderdale less than one hour away or travel to South Beach approximately a one and half hour's drive.
Public schools in Wellington and schools serving Wellington: The School District of Palm Beach County serves Wellington. There are seven (7) Elementary, four (4) Middle and two (2) High Schools. There are presently a total of five (5) private Schools, serving the community.
Notable People: There are a great number of notables that call Wellington home both throughout the year and some are seasonal.
Subdivisions: Wellington boasts numerous subdivisions with varying lifestyles. It's known for large homes, town houses, luxury apartments and horse farms. A large number of residents are equestrian, Golf, and Polo enthusiasts. Wellington is known for its unique shops and upscale restaurants. It features an attractive natural environment
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