Renters’ Guide to Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, Florida is in the heart of Southeast Florida. Dubbed the “Butterfly Capital of the World,” the city is a short drive to some of the best beach destinations in the country. The distance from Coconut Creek to Miami is 40 miles, and the distance to Fort Lauderdale is a mere 15 miles. Even Pompano Beach is only 5 miles away. Coconut Creek is nearly 7 times smaller than Miami, and 3 times smaller than Fort Lauderdale.
The weather in Coconut Creek is a heat-lover’s paradise. The summer months of June through August see high temperatures that average 92˚F, while December through February temperatures average a temperate 58˚F. Rainfall is the only real precipitation Coconut Creek gets, an annual amount of around 58 inches. However, that number can go up when the area is hit by a hurricane, which is a likely occurrence.
Coconut Creek, FL Demographics
- Total Population56,816
Female 26,887Male 29,929
- Median Age39.8
Cost of Living in Coconut Creek, FL
Unlike nearby cities such as Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, FL is very affordable. In fact, the website stateoffloridaliving.com named Coconut Creek the third on its list of the “Best Places to Live in Florida Inexpensively” in 2016. One reason for the designation is the city’s inexpensive housing and utility prices. The average cost of utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment—including the Coconut Creek water bill, heating cost, and garbage disposal—hovers around $157 per month. This is only $10 more than the national average. Overall, the cost of living in Coconut Creek is 2% smaller than the rest of the country. A three-course meal for two goes for around $50, and a post-dinner Cappuccino will set you back about $4.
Travel within the city of Coconut Creek is provided by the Community Bus program of the Broward County Transit (BCT) system. The Community Bus frees up the routes around the county for higher volumes in the bigger cities. Best of all, the Community Bus is free. However, if you need to take the bus into the bigger cities of the county, the Community Bus connects to the BCT. Fares for regular BCT buses are $2 one-way and $5 for all-day passes. Discount fares of $1 are available for seniors, children younger than 12, college students, and the disabled. Passes are also available in 3-, 7-, 10-, and 31-day formats.
Average Rent in Coconut Creek, FL
- Coconut Creek, FL Average Rental Price, March, 2018$1,550/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,337
- 2 Bedrooms$1,614
Coconut Creek, FL Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0004%
Coconut Creek, FL Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Mar / 2018||$1,550||$1,485||$1,337||$1,614|
|May / 2017||$1,563||$1,535||$1,365||$1,623|
|Jan / 2017||$1,551||$1,334||$1,616|
|Sept / 2016||$1,508||$1,311||$1,559|
|May / 2016||$1,554||$1,338||$1,628|
|Jan / 2016||$1,529||$1,343||$1,585|
|Sept / 2015||$1,483||$1,282||$1,543|
|May / 2015||$1,461||$1,263||$1,523|
|Jan / 2015||$1,428||$1,228||$1,489|
Average rent is projected to grow by 4% in 2017 compared to 2016.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 330633306633073
Living in Coconut Creek, FL
Although backgroundchecks.org called Coconut Creek its 27th-safest city in Florida in 2016 in terms of crime rates, living in any city on the Florida coast has its drawbacks. Hurricanes are a major consideration before moving to a coastal city, since meteorologists estimate the area is hit every 10 years or so by a Category 3 hurricane. In spite of the risk, Money magazine put Coconut Creek on its 2010 “Best Places to Live” list at number 48.
Things to do in Coconut Creek
There are plenty of things to do in Coconut Creek. Its designation as the Butterfly Capital of the World is due to the more than 20,000 individual butterflies of over 150 species that call its Butterfly World aviary home. The aviary has the world’s largest collection of butterflies, and it’s all located within Tradewinds Park. It is also host to Coconut Creek’s annual Butterfly Festival In addition to Butterfly World, the park is also home to guided horse trails and pony rides. There are a lot of things to do with kids in Coconut Creek, since it has 18 parks, which helped give it the designation of a KaBOOM! Playful City USA. Off the Wall Trampoline Fun Center offers a great spot for kids to burn off some energy, and the Wow Factory is the place for a birthday party.
For adults, one of the best things to do in Coconut Creek is spending some time at the Seminole Casino, which features slot machines and table games. For a night out after the casino, hit up World of Beer and enjoy a few brews. Shopping fans will enjoy the open-air Promenade at Coconut Creek with its 23 acres of stores, restaurants, and office space. Satisfy your hunger in a Coconut Creek restaurant, such as Red Rock Oasis & Grill or Bella Roma; or take in a movie at the top Coconut Creek movie theater, Silverspot Cinema.
Employment and Economy
Coconut Creek’s employment outlook is good and expected to grow over the next few years. The major employers in Coconut Creek include Broward County Public Schools and the City of Coconut Creek. Many opportunities exist in the service sector, as well. Many Coconut Creek residents work at the area’s major yacht manufacturing companies, and most of them commute to Fort Lauderdale. Other companies based in Fort Lauderdale are Spirit Airlines, AutoNation, and DHL Express. In other parts of the county, major employers include Motorola, American Express, and Gulfstream International Airlines.
Coconut Creek, FL Households
- Total Number of Households22,113
Family 13,222Non-family 8,891
Children 6,752No Children 15,361
- Average People Per Household2.56
- Median Household Income$52,800
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,238
Education in Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek schools are part of the Broward County Public Schools, and include Coconut Creek High School and Coconut Creek Elementary. Institutions of higher learning are centered in nearby Fort Lauderdale, and include City College, Broward College, Florida International University, and a satellite campus of Florida Atlantic University. Kaplan University’s corporate headquarters are also located in Fort Lauderdale.
Coconut Creek, FL Education Statistics
- No High School2%
- Some High School36%
- Some College21%
- Associate Degree11%
- Bachelor Degree21%
- Graduate Degree10%
Tips for Renting in Coconut Creek
Renters’ rights in Coconut Creek include the right to not face housing discrimination because of race, ethnicity, or gender. In addition, disabled tenants are permitted to make necessary modifications on a rental property. However, a landlord might require that any modifications made are restored or removed prior to moving out.
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