Take Interstate 95 north for about 20 miles and you will find yourself in Florida's very own Hollywood, a classic Sunshine State beach town. Home to three oceanfront parks and named a Blue Wave Certified Clean Beach by the Clean Beaches Council for 10 consecutive years, many Floridians are finding great Hollywood apartments for rent due to the city's stellar reputation. With a growing population of more than 143,000 people, Hollywood is becoming one of Florida's most sought-after communities.
Hollywood saw the majority of its growth in the 1950s and 1960s, but the city was officially incorporated in 1925. Before its municipal charter, the city was nothing more than a vast stretch of tomato farms, pine trees and palmetto plants. Joseph Young was the first wealthy settler to survey the land and got a vision for his very own "dream city." He built large boulevards and roads on a parcel of land less than 30 square miles, and a small community began to grow. During the 1920s after the construction of the Hollywood Land and Water Company and the Hollywood Beach Casino, like so many other cities in southern Florida at the time, Hollywood became a winter vacation playground for many northern industrial tycoons.
Known as the "Diamond of the Gold Coast," residents flocked to the area after World War II, and today the city is looking forward to a bright future. Hollywood's cultural diversity is giving the area significant size increases and further opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper. Its close proximity to universities and Miami International Airport gives Hollywood the resources it needs to compete in the global marketplace and remain one of Florida's finest communities.
Since Hollywood remains one of Florida's top tourist attractions, the leading private industries in the area are related to arts, entertainment, recreation and accommodation. However, there are growing fields in management and sales, according to simplyhired.com. Hollywood is also home to Heico, one of the most successful corporations that build aerospace, defense and electronics solutions for business and military aircraft.
Many students in the area get their secondary education at Broward College. Home to a diverse student population and convenient location, finding Hollywood rentals close to campus is a great idea for scholars coming into the area each semester. Hollywood's location also provides students easy access to the University of Miami, one of the country's leading research facilities and universities. With 12 schools offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, there is a wide variety of educational opportunities at this south Florida institution.
Because of its excellent location in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami and miles of oceanfront property, the cost of living in Hollywood is higher than the national average. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent in the area during 2009 was $982 per month and the median household income rose significantly between 2000 and 2009, so living in the area affordably should be easy.
One of the best ways to learn about the native people of Florida is to visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Seminole Indian Village in Hollywood. Located near the Florida Everglades, the museum offers 60 acres of cypress tree-lined hiking trails, exhibits that feature artifacts relating to the proud Seminole culture and a beautiful boardwalk that showcases indigenous Floridian plant species.
Locals also take pride in the city's boardwalk. Named one of Travel & Leisure magazine's 2010 "America's Best Beach Boardwalks," this enchanting brick-paved thoroughfare is popular with sun worshipers, cyclists, joggers and countless cafes and restaurants for residents to enjoy.
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