Located in Florida's heavily populated Broward County, the city is located only about 12 miles from Fort Lauderdale, giving residents of the community easy access to numerous major retailers. Sunrise is also easily accessible via the Fort Lauderdale International airport, one of the busiest in the United States. There are also several Amtrak stations in the area, servicing the local community, the majority working outside of Sunrise.
Established by Norman Johnson in 1961 as Sunrise Golf Village, the city soon changed its name to Sunrise, at the request of developers who desired to attract retirees to the sunny community. Starting in the 1960s and throughout the 1990s, Sunrise experienced substantial growth in population and size, an expansion that has helped attract substantial corporate development over the years.
In 2009, Sunrise was named by Business Week magazine as one of Florida's top three cities in which to raise a family. The magazine's rankings took into account multiple criteria, including crime rates, diversity, job opportunities, affordability, and the number of schools, museums and parks. Sunrise is home to two post offices as well as two public libraries.
Offering residents a variety of living options, Sunrise is home to manicured neighborhoods, ranging from private golfing communities to well-maintained rental properties. First-rate services abound, making Sunrise an attractive place to live for its residents, particularly seniors who are able to live in communities that provide exceptional quality of life services. Some neighborhoods, such as Sunrise Lakes, have a strict requirement that only allows seniors (age 55 or older) to live there.
Other nearby institutions of higher education include:
The Sawgrass Mills Mall, which is the fourth-largest outlet shopping mall in the United States, invites Sunrise residents and visitors to enjoy great bargains offered by many national retailers.
Sunrise also offers its fair share of shops and retail businesses. Some of the most notable are:
In 2007, Ikea opened a store in Sunrise. The outlet services shoppers from many miles around.
Because of its centralized location and accessibility to airports, train stations, and other forms of public transportation, Sunrise has become the home of several substantial businesses and many local bank branches. Corporate offices for Motorola and Sony, among others, are located in Sunrise. Other major employers include Honeywell, Air France, and Fox Sports Television.
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