A family-oriented, master-planned community Weston has grown into one of the most desirable cities in western Broward County. With a wide range of residential developments, from condos, villas and townhomes to exclusive gated enclaves, Weston features A-rated public schools, lovely parks and recreational facilities, great restaurants and plenty of upscale shops and stores to serve the needs of its 65,000 residents.
Approximately 27 square miles in size, the large parcels of land which now comprise the city of Weston were purchased tract by tract through the 1950's by Arthur Vining Davis, original owner of Arvida, Weston's primary developer. It wasn't until 1978 initial development plans were approved. Originally called Indian Trace, the name was subsequently changed to Weston, and the first homes were built in Windmill Ranch and Country Isles in 1984.
Incorporated in 1996, the city of Weston is visually distinctive, with extensive landscaping, rows of prestigious Royal Palms, and lush foliage lining berms along well-maintained roads, medians and rights-of-ways throughout.
Weston now features:
A-rated public schools, as well as excellent private schools
Outstanding public safety and the lowest crime rate per capita in Broward County
Lowest combined property taxes, municipal taxes and fees in the County
The lowest millage rate in the County
The lowest ratio of employees per 1000 population in the County
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Fourteen well-maintained parks and recreational facilities hosting cultural and community events, and organized sports leagues for thousands of registrants
A Community Center offering a wide variety of year-round enrichment classes and programming for all ages and interests
A family YMCA within the City's regional park;
Weston's diverse corporate and retail environment also includes Fortune 500 corporations, owner-operated retail shops and stores, a wide range of restaurants, and world-class healthcare provided by Cleveland Clinic Florida, Broward Health Weston and the Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center. The Mediterranean styled Town Center offers an array of shopping, dining and nightlife. Five nationally recognized hotels and resorts offer accommodations for every need.
In 2012, Weston ranked 63rd out of 100 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine's America's Best Small Cities. Only three cities in Florida made the top 100 ranking with Weston ranking highest of the three.
Weston ranked #1 Nationwide Housing Market in a Businessweek survey of 1,000 largest cities nationwide in 2011. Property values had risen 15.1% from February 2009 to August 2011 when most areas declined.
In 2010, Weston was 19th out of 25 cities across the nation by Money Magazine as a "Top-Earning Town."
Weston had three of the Top 25 Wealthiest Zip Codes in the state as ranked by wealth indicators from ESRI according to the South Florida Business Journal.
Weston was named "One of America's Best Small Cities" in 2008 by Money Magazine (July 14, 2008). Only three cities in the state of Florida were named on this list.
CityTownInfo.com rated Weston a top city for college educated adults in 2007.
In 2006 Money Magazine ranked Weston 18th on their list of cities with the highest percentage of job growth, and 20th among cities with the highest median household income.
According to the U.S. Census in 2005, Weston had lowest poverty rate (just over 1%) among cities with a population of more than 65,000.
In 2006 BusinessWeek.com named Weston one of the 25 most affordable suburbs in the United States.
A Bicycle Friendly Community
An ideal community for cycling, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Weston the designation as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by in May 2013. With 46 miles of marked bike lanes the city is perfect for avid cyclists, recreational bikers, or those simply utilizing a bike to get to and from school.
As cycling grows in popularity, leaders in cities across the country continue to embrace the environmental, financial and quality of life benefits which come from a population that likes to ride. With 259 communities in 47 states across America, the Bronze Level BFC award recognizes Weston's commitment to improving conditions through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-cycling policies. This will ultimately result in an improved bicycling experience throughout the city.
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