What drew people to Sunrise, Florida? When the town was a sparsely-populated, middle-of-nowhere area, developer Norman Johnson attracted future buyers to the area with his famous “upside-down house,” which was fully furnished and even featured an upside-down car in a carport. It worked. As of the 2010 census, the population of Sunrise was 84,439.
The City of Sunrise was initially called Sunrise Golf Village, but residents changed it via referendum. What was once a little village has blossomed into a big city. Sunrise is home of Sawgrass Mills Mall, which is the fourth-largest outlet center in the U.S.
If you’re in search of a quality job, you can find one in Sunrise. Sunrise brings in corporations, including IKEA and others, in the interest of providing jobs for residents. Similarly, Sunrise is a great choice for corporations wishing to expand or build new branches. Sunrise provides a reliable job base, as much of the economy is based on large businesses.
Sunrise is also home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers, whose home arena is the enormous BB&T Center. If you prefer active recreation, there are plenty of sports opportunities in the city. There are over 250 acres of park land, as well as the 15-court Sunrise Tennis Club. Sunrise maintains three pools as well.
Education is a priority in Sunrise, which is home to 11 public schools. There aren’t any institutions of higher education in the city, but there are several nearby. Sunrise also hosts several festivals year-round, including a Harvest Festival, Earth Day Festival, and others.
An interesting fact about Sunrise is that it’s been “lost” by the Google map service three separate times. At one point, map users were given directions to Sarasota instead when they tried to get to Sunrise. Regardless of this episode, Sunrise is a beautiful place to live and a city with plenty going on.