Hollywood, Florida

This article is about the city in Florida. For other uses, see Hollywood (disambiguation).
For the city in Florida with movie studios similar to Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, see Orlando.
Hollywood, Florida
City of Hollywood

Welcome to Hollywood, Florida.


Nickname(s): Diamond of the Gold Coast
Coordinates: 26°1′17″N 80°10′30″W / 26.02139°N 80.17500°W / 26.02139; -80.17500Coordinates: 26°1′17″N 80°10′30″W / 26.02139°N 80.17500°W / 26.02139; -80.17500
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Broward
Founded February 18, 1921
Incorporated November 28, 1925
  Type Commission-manager
  Mayor Josh Levy
  Vice Mayor Kevin D. Biederman
  Commissioners Patricia "Patty" Asseff, Peter D. Hernandez, Traci L. Callari, Richard S. Blattner, and Linda Sherwood
  City Manager Dr. Wazir Ishmael
  City Clerk Patricia Cerny
  Total 30.80 sq mi (79.8 km2)
  Land 27.3 sq mi (70.8 km2)
  Water 3.46 sq mi (8.9 km2)  11.23%
Elevation[2] 9 ft (3 m)
Population (2013)
  Total 146,526
  Density 5,156.3/sq mi (1,990.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33004, 33009, 33019-33021, 33023, 33024, 33312, 33314, 33316
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-32000[3]
GNIS feature ID 0284176[4]
Website www.HollywoodFL.org

Hollywood is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.[5] The average temperature is between 68 and 83 degrees. As of 2013 Hollywood has a population of 146,526. Founded in 1925, the city grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, and is now the twelfth largest city in Florida.[6] Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.


Joseph W. Young founded the city in 1925. He dreamed of building a motion picture colony on the East Coast of the United States and named the town after Hollywood, California.[7] Young bought up thousands of acres of land around 1920, and named his new town "Hollywood by the Sea" to distinguish it from his other real estate venture, "Hollywood in the Hills", in New York

Hollywood beach in August 2014

Young had a vision of having lakes, golf courses, a luxury beach hotel, country clubs, and a main street, Hollywood Boulevard.[8] After the 1926 Miami hurricane, Hollywood was severely damaged; local newspapers reported that Hollywood was second only to Miami in losses from the storm.[7] Following upon Young's death in 1934, the city encountered more terrific hurricanes and not only that, but the stock market crashed with personal financial misfortunes.[8] It felt as though the city was tumbling slowly piece by piece with all of those tragic events taking place.

Hollywood is a planned city. On Hollywood Boulevard is the Mediterranean-style Joseph Young Mansion, built around 1921, making it one of the oldest houses in Hollywood.


Hollywood is located at 26°1′17″N 80°10′30″W / 26.02139°N 80.17500°W / 26.02139; -80.17500 (26.021467, -80.174910).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.8 square miles (80 km2), of which 27.34 square miles (71 km2) is land and 3.46 square miles (9 km2) is water (11.23%).[1]

Hollywood is located in southeastern Broward County, and includes approximately 5 to 6 miles (8.0 to 9.7 km) of Atlantic Ocean beach, interrupted briefly by a portion deeded to Dania Beach. It is bounded by the following municipalities:

To the north:

To the northwest:

To the west:

To the southwest:

To the south:

Hollywood has a tropical monsoon climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters.

Climate data for Hollywood, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
Average high °F (°C) 76
Average low °F (°C) 59
Record low °F (°C) 28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.94
Source: [10]
Hollywood Beach in March 2008.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015149,728[11]6.4%
Hollywood Demographics
2010 CensusHollywoodBroward CountyFlorida
Total population140,7681,748,06618,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010+1.0%+7.7%+17.6%
Population density5,143.8/sq mi1,444.9/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White 72.7%63.1%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White)47.5%43.5%57.9%
Black or African-American16.7%26.7%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)32.6%25.1%22.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan0.4%0.3%0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian0.1%0.1%0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial)3.2%2.9%2.5%
Some Other Race4.5%3.7%3.6%

As of 2000, there were 59,673 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.00.

Sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean in Hollywood
Hollywood's paved beach Boardwalk

The city's age demographic shows a mixed population with 21.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 90.9 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,714, and the median income for a family was $55,849. Males had a median income of $33,102 versus $21,237 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,097. About 9.9% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 66.94% of residents, Spanish accounted for 21.62%, French made up 2.06%, French Creole consisted of 1.32%, Italian comprised 1.12%, Romanian was at 0.91%, Hebrew at 0.88%, Portuguese 0.84%, and German as a mother tongue was 0.72% of the population.[15]

As of 2000, Hollywood had the seventy-fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the U.S., at 4.23% of the city's population,[16] and the sixty-fifth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.26% of the city's population (tied with both the town and village of Mount Kisco, New York.)[17] It also had the fifty-seventh highest percentage of Peruvian residents in the US, at 1.05% of the city's population (tied with Locust Valley, New York),[18] and the twentieth highest percentage of Romanian residents in the US, at 1.1% of the its population (tied with several other areas in the US).[19]


Hollywood is filled with about 60 parks, seven golf courses, and sandy beaches that have sand and that run for miles.

The famous Hollywood Beach is known for its great broadwalk that extends about 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean.[5] Parking is available on side streets or in parking garages for a large fee, and public trolleys run through the day. Countless restaurants and hotels line the broadwalk along with a theatre, children's playground, and many other attractions including bicycle rental shops, ice cream parlors, souvenir shops, and a farmer's market. Many of the restaurants offer outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the seabreeze and scenery. The broadwalk is vibrant and lively and is a scenic place for walking and jogging; there is also bike lane for bicyclists and rollerbladers. In the evenings, many restaurant and the bandshell off of Johnson Street showcase musicians and spontaneous dancing may occur in the broadwalk.

Young Circle is another exciting area surrounded by dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars. A Food Truck Takeover occurs every Monday, during which dozens of local food trucks park and create an ever-changing opportunity for hungry masses to experience a variety of cuisines; one can expect to see Cuban, Venezuelan, Mediterranean, Mexican, Jamaican, and/or Peruvian foods in addition to barbecue, burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, and dessert trucks.[20]


Prior to their dissolutions, Commodore Cruise Line and its subsidiary Crown Cruise Line had their headquarters in Hollywood.[21]

HEICO has its headquarters in Hollywood.[22]

Since 1991, the Invicta Watch Group, a manufacturer of timepieces and writing instruments, has had its headquarters in Hollywood where it also operates its customer service call center.

Top employers

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[23] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Memorial Healthcare System 10,000
2 The Continental Group 3,900
3 City of Hollywood 1,208
4 Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood 900
5 Memorial Regional Hospital South 500
6 BrandsMart USA 400
7 HEICO 250
8 Great HealthWorks 220
9 Sheridan Technical College and Technical High School 200
10 Hollywood Woodwork 120


Hollywood is made up of 32 public and charter schools with 13 private schools. The public schools are operated by the Broward County Public Schools.[5]

Public high schools

Public charter schools

Public middle schools

Public elementary schools

  • Mary M. Bethune Elementary School
  • Beachside Montessori Village
  • Boulevard Heights Elementary School
  • Colbert Elementary School
  • Driftwood Elementary School
  • Hollywood Central Elementary School
  • Hollywood Hills Elementary School
  • Hollywood Park Elementary School
  • Oakridge Elementary School
  • Orange Brook Elementary School
  • Sheridan Hills Elementary School
  • Sheridan Park Elementary School
  • Stirling Elementary School
  • West Hollywood Elementary School

Private schools

  • Annunciation School
  • Aukela Christian Military Academy
  • Beacon Hill School
  • Brauser Maimonides Academy
  • Calvary Kids School
  • Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School
  • Covenant Teaching Fellowship School
  • Ebony Village School
  • First Presbyterian Pre-School[26]
  • Hollywood Christian School
  • Little Flower School
  • Love Outreach Christian Academy
  • Nativity Elementary School
  • New Mirawood Elementary School
  • Parkway Christian School
  • Patty Cake Academy
  • Pembroke Park Montessori School
  • Phyls Academy
  • Point of Grace Christian Academy
  • Rainbow Montessori School
  • Sheridan Hills Christian School
  • St. Bernadette Catholic School
  • St. Mark's Lutheran School
  • Toddler Technology Academy

Police department

The city is protected by the Hollywood Police Department.

Crime and Terrorism

On May 2, 2016, the Miami Herald reported about "a man from Hollywood," James Muhammad (legal name James Medina), who planned to bomb a synagogue in Aventura, and who was recorded stating "Aventura, watch your back. ISIS is in the house."[27][28]

Notable people


These are the neighborhoods and communities that are officially recognized by the City of Hollywood.[36][37]

  • 441 Corridor
  • Alandco
  • Arapahoe Farms
  • Beverly Hills
  • Beverly Park
  • Boulevard Heights
  • Camino Sheridan
  • Carriage/Carriage Hills
  • Central Business District
  • Condo Presidents
  • Downtown Hollywood
  • Driftwood/Driftwood Acres
  • East Lake
  • Emerald Hills
  • Emerald Oaks
  • Emerald Point
  • Estates of Fort Lauderdale
  • Highland Gardens
  • Hillcrest
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Hollywood Gardens
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Hollywood Lakes
  • Hollywood North Beach
  • Hollywood South Central Beach
  • L'Etoile at Emerald Point
  • Lake Eden
  • Lakes of Emerald Hills
  • Lawnacres
  • Liberia
  • Mapleridge
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community
  • North Central
  • Oak Point
  • Oakridge
  • Oakwood Hills
  • Park East
  • Park Side
  • Playland/Playland Village
  • Playland Estates
  • Quadomain
  • Royal Poinciana
  • Sheridan Oaks
  • Stirling Commercial
  • The Homes at East Lake
  • The Townhouses of Emerald Hills
  • The Wood of Emerald Hills
  • T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
  • Washington Park
  • West Hollywood

Sister cities

Hollywood has eight sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:


Hollywood is served by Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the 22nd busiest airport in the United States.[38] Broward County Transit operates several bus routes that pass through the city of Hollywood, such as the 1 on US 1 (Federal Highway).[39] It is also served by Tri-Rail stations at Sheridan Street and Hollywood.


The television game show Hollywood Squares taped a week of shows at the historic Diplomat Hotel in 1987 and featured aerial footage shot over Hollywood, Florida.[40] The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is the exterior of the police substation in the now cancelled TV show The Glades. The comedy series Big Time in Hollywood, FL is set in Hollywood, Florida.

Historic structures

Pictured are some of the remaining historic structures of Hollywood:[41][42]

Hollywood, Florida
The Hollywood Garden Club building was built in 1950 and is located at 2940 Hollywood Boulevard. The building, which is in a total state of abandonment, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 15, 2005; reference #05000052. 
The Hollywood Women’s Club building was built in 1922 and is located at 501 North 14th Avenue. On February 10, 1995, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places; reference #95000055. 
The Hammerstein House was built in 1935 and is located at 1520 Polk Street. It now houses the Hollywood Historical Society. On February 15, 2005 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places; reference #05000051. 
The Joseph Wesley Young House was built in 1925 and is located at 1055 Hollywood Boulevard. Joseph W. Young was the founder of Hollywood, Florida. The house was placed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 10, 1989, reference #89001076. 
The Hollywood Printing and Publishing Plant building was built in 1924 and is located 21st. Ave. The building, which is now used as a restaurant, served as the 1st. City Hall of Hollywood. 
The Flora Apartment Building was built in 1923 and is located at 1656 Polk Street. 
The Hollywood Beach Hotel was built in 1923 and is located at 101 North Ocean Drive. 
The Great Southern Hotel was built in 1924 and is located in Young Circle between Hollywood Blvd. and Harrison Street. The hotel is one of two remaining hotels built by Joseph Wesley Young, the founder of Hollywood. 
The Hollywood Playhouse built in 1960 and located at 2640 Washington Street. The historic building now houses a Christian Church called “Real Church”. 
The lobby of the Hollywood Playhouse. 
The stage, as viewed from the balcony, of the Hollywood Playhouse. 
The balcony, as viewed from the stage, of the Hollywood Playhouse. 

See also


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  24. 1 2 http://championshipacademy.org/
  25. http://apollo.browardschools.com/
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  27. JAY, WEAVER (2 May 2016). "Plot to blow up Aventura synagogue ends with man's arrest". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2016. A man from Hollywood is in federal custody [...] James Medina, also known as 'James Muhammad,' [...] Before his arrest, Medina made three videos with his cellphone: In the first, he was recorded saying, "Aventura, watch your back. ISIS is in the house."
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  41. National Register of Historic Places
  42. History of Hollywood, Florida


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