Wellington is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida. The city's population is roughly 61,485 according to the 2014 Census Bureau, making it the most populous village in the state. It is the fifth largest municipality in Palm Beach County by population. Wellington is part of the South Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wellington was named Money Magazine's top 100 Best Places to live in 2010. Although Wellington is not a village under any standard definition of the team, it is referred to officially as the "Village of Wellington".
Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch on land called the Flying Cow Ranch; "Flying" because the founder was an aviator, and "Cow" stood for the initials for Charles Oliver Wellington. In the 1950's, Mr. Wellington bought 18,000 acres of central Palm Beach County swampland, which would eventually become the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972, and up till 1990, it functioned as a sprawling bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December, 1995. It has now become known as an international center for equestrian sports.
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 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. Wellington has two regional malls, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Old Wellington Mall along with many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.
The sandy, pristine beaches along with outdoor activities are only a short drive, due east, to the Palm Beaches. One can access Fort Lauderdale in an hour or less, and the popular South Beach of Miami is reachable within an hour to an hour and a half either by interstate 95 or the Florida Turnpike.
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