City Population: 63,900
Listed by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 places to live, the Village of Wellington, Florida is located in western Palm Beach County, sharing a southwestern boundary with the world famous Florida Everglades.
In 1951, Wellington was purchased by successful accountant and New York investor, Charles Oliver Wellington. Because of its close proximity to the Everglades, the area was prone to frequent flooding. In 1953, the Florida Legislature created the Acme Improvement District to provide drainage, water management, and infrastructure development in western Palm Beach County. Acme transformed the water-logged land into fertile farmland. At one point, there were 2,000 acres devoted to strawberry plants, leading to claims that it was the world’s largest strawberry patch. Citrus groves also thrived in the area.
Wellington has come a long way since the 1950s. Located approximately 15 miles from downtown West Palm Beach, and 12 miles from the Palm Beach International Airport, Wellington serves as a “home base” for many. The community shares the convenience of both urban living as well as easy access to breathtaking natural areas, preserves, and numerous outdoor activities.
The Village of Wellington is internationally recognized as the Winter Equestrian Capital of the world and is an International Equestrian destination for Show Jumping, Dressage, and Polo. A destination for all things equestrian, Wellington is the home of the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Today, this beautiful South Florida town boasts plenty of hometown charm with activities for people of all ages. Boasting an abundance of parks, quality schools, attractive neighborhoods, and equestrian interests, Wellington maintains a high reputation. With eleven Palm Beach County A-rated schools, some offering specialty magnet programs, Wellington actively supports education.
Wellington’s outstanding Parks and Recreation Department schedules family-friendly events such as Movie Nights, Food Trucks, and Tribute band concerts and hosts outstanding events for the holidays including the 4TH of July Celebration culminating in a fireworks spectacular. In the spring and fall, Village Park offers a multitude of sports and family programming from Saturday morning soccer games to the open gym on Thursday nights. There is always something to do.
Wellington, also works closely with both the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to maintain the highest level of safety and services for its residents.