- Broward County, Florida
Broward County, Florida
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded April 30, 1915 Named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Seat Fort Lauderdale Area
1,319.63 sq mi (3,418 km²)
1,205.40 sq mi (3,122 km²)
114.24 sq mi (296 km²), 8.66%
1,451/sq mi (560.1/km²)
Broward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2010, the population was 1,748,066; making it the second most populated county in the state. Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale.
- 1 History
- 2 Points of interest
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Education
- 6 Community services
- 7 Government
- 8 Cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas
- 9 Economy
- 10 Politics
- 11 Transportation
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Broward County was created in 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. It was to have been originally named Everglades County, but then Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that formed the county to honor Broward. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County. At its inception, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The massive post-World War II buildup of the South Florida region transformed the region. It was one of the counties at the center of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election recount controversy. In 2002, it began an aggressive campaign of placing surveillance cameras along highways and traffic lights. Critics contend the cameras violate drivers' due process rights and two separate lawsuits have been filed over their use, one in Aventura filed in February, and one in Temple Terrace near Tampa, filed at the end of July.
Points of interest
Broward boasts some notable attractions. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located in Ft. Lauderdale. The International Swimming Hall of Fame is located near the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale. The International Game Fish Association has the Hall of Fame for Sport Fishing in Dania Beach. Flamingo Gardens is a botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary. Butterfly World is located in Coconut Creek. Sawgrass Mills, a large shopping mall, is located in Sunrise. Also, the NHL's Florida Panthers play their games at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. There are also multiple entrances to Everglades parks. In Pompano Beach is the Festival Flea Market Mall, America's largest indoor flea market. The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 75,000 books and materials on the experiences of people of African descent in the Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States.
Broward County has an average elevation of six feet (1.8 m) above sea level. It is rather new geologically and located at the eastern edge of the Florida Platform, a carbonate plateau created millions of years ago. Broward County is composed of Oolite limestone while western Broward is composed mostly of Bryozoa. Broward is among the last areas of Florida to be created and populated with fauna and flora, mostly in the Pleistocene.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,319.63 square miles (3,417.8 km2), of which 1,205.40 square miles (3,122.0 km2) (or 91.34%) is land and 114.24 square miles (295.9 km2) (or 8.66%) is water. Of developable land in Broward County, approximately 471 square miles (1,219.9 km2), the majority is built upon, as the urban area is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades National Park to the west. Within developable land, Broward County has a population density of 3,740 per square mile (1,444 per square kilometer).
- Palm Beach County, Florida - north
- Miami-Dade County, Florida - south
- Collier County, Florida - west
- Hendry County, Florida - northwest
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1920 5,135 — 1930 20,094 291.3% 1940 39,794 98.0% 1950 83,933 110.9% 1960 333,946 297.9% 1970 620,100 85.7% 1980 1,018,200 64.2% 1990 1,255,488 23.3% 2000 1,623,018 29.3% 2010 1,748,066 7.7%
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,623,018 people, 654,445 households, and 411,645 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,346 people per square mile (520/km²). There were 741,043 housing units at an average density of 615 per square mile (237/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.57% White (58% were Non-Hispanic), 20.54% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.00% from other races, and 3.35% from two or more races. 16.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In relation to ancestry, 9.4% were Italian, 7.4% American, 6.8% German, 6.7% Irish, and 4% English ancestry according to Census 2000. Furthermore, about 5.0% were Jamaican and 4.0% Haitian alone, so 10.6% were generically West Indian.
Broward is the only county in the nation outside the Northeast in which Italian-Americans formed the largest ethnic group in 2000. They are concentrated mainly in the Pompano Beach area.
410,387 residents of Broward County, or 25.3 percent of the total population, were foreign-born (45% of whom were naturalized citizens), of which 60,241 of these were born in Jamaica, 47,445 in Haiti, 32,572 in Cuba, 12,776 in Peru, 9,189 in the United Kingdom, and 9,015 in the Dominican Republic.
There were 654,445 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,691, and the median income for a family was $50,531. Males had a median income of $36,741 versus $28,529 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,170. About 8.7% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2005, Broward County led the nation's metropolitan areas in new AIDS diagnoses, with a reported rate 58.4 new AIDS diagnoses per 100,000 people. County officials think the numbers may stem from a new and successful HIV testing campaign that has resulted in many people being diagnosed with AIDS at the same time they've been diagnosed with HIV. Ironically, without the implementation of the new testing campaign, the reported numbers of new diagnoses would have probably been lower.
As of 2000, 71.27% of all residents spoke English as their first language, while 16.33% spoke Spanish, 3.51% French Creole, 1.77% French, 1.13% Portuguese, 0.89% Italian, and 0.56% of the population spoke German as their mother language. In total, 28.72% of the population spoke languages other than English at home.
With the huge influx of immigrants since 2000, these figures have become outdated. However, since so many of them are coming from the Anglophone Caribbean, where English is spoken, the change is not as fast as the rate of immigration would suggest.
2010 Census Report
U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics:
- White (non-Hispanic): 43.5%
- Black (non-Hispanic): 26.7%
- Hispanic or Latino of any race: 25.1%
- Asian: 3.2% (1.2% Indian, 0.6% Chinese, 0.4% Filipino, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.2% Pakistani, 0.1% Korean)
- Two or more races: 2.9%
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census of 2009, the total population of Broward County had risen to almost 1.8 million people (1,754,846), and increased by 10.1% between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2006. This number is accounted for by an increase to 426,310 (25.5%) in its black population and an increase to 408,543 (24.0%) of its non-black Hispanic population. A significant portion of the black population has resulted from immigration, of whom are mainly Afro-Caribbeans/West Indians. Some Afro-Latinos and Afro-Brazilians might also classify themselves as only black. More black foreigners immigrated to Broward County between 2001 and 2005 than any other county in the United States. Also, 52,506 (3.1%) of Broward County's population is Asian, which is a higher figure than that of most counties in the state.
Primary and secondary schools
Colleges and universities
- The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
- Broward College
- Nova Southeastern University
- DeVry University
- Keiser University
- University of Phoenix
- Technological University of America 
Broward County Library is one of the largest public library systems in the country, composed of 37 branch locations.
Community services in Broward County include Women in Distress (WID), a nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center. WID works in partnership with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The Broward County Charter provides for a separation between the legislative and administrative functions of government. The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative branch of Broward County Government.
The County Commission is composed of nine members elected by district. Each Commissioner must be a resident of the district for which he or she seeks election. Each year the Commission elects a Mayor and Vice Mayor. The Mayor's functions include serving as presiding officer, and as the County's official representative. The Commission appoints the County Administrator, County Attorney and County Auditor. The Commission also appoints numerous advisory and regulatory boards.
The County Commission meets in formal session the first four Tuesdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center. Over 507,000 cable subscribers in Broward County have access to Government-access television (GATV) coverage of Commission meetings, which are broadcast live beginning at 10:00 a.m. each Tuesday, and rebroadcast at 5:00 p.m. the following Sunday. Meetings can also be viewed via webcasting at www.broward.org.
Cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated areas
Municipality populations are based on the 2010 Census.
# Incorporated Community Designation Date incorporated Population 2 Coconut Creek City February 20, 1967 52,909 26 Cooper City City June 20, 1959 28,547 4 Coral Springs City June 10, 1963 121,096 23 Dania Beach City November 1904 29,639 22 Davie Town November 16, 1925 91,992 3 Deerfield Beach City June 11, 1925 75,018 16 Fort Lauderdale City March 27, 1911 165,521 31 Hallandale Beach City May 14, 1927 37,113 8 Hillsboro Beach Town June 12, 1939 1,875 24 Hollywood City November 28, 1925 140,768 11 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town November 30, 1947 6,056 17 Lauderdale Lakes City June 22, 1961 32,593 18 Lauderhill City June 20, 1959 66,887 15 Lazy Lake Village 1953 24 7 Lighthouse Point City June 13, 1956 10,344 5 Margate City June 22, 1961 53,284 28 Miramar City May 26, 1955 122,041 10 North Lauderdale City June 10, 1963 41,023 13 Oakland Park City June 19, 1929 41,363 1 Parkland City July 10, 1963 23,962 30 Pembroke Park Town December 10, 1957 6,102 27 Pembroke Pines City 1960 154,750 20 Plantation City April 30, 1953 84,955 6 Pompano Beach City 1947 99,845 12 Sea Ranch Lakes Village 1959 670 25 Southwest Ranches Town July 25, 2000 7,345 19 Sunrise City 1961 84,439 9 Tamarac City August 15, 1963 60,427 29 West Park City March 1, 2005 14,156 21 Weston City 1996 65,333 14 Wilton Manors City 1947 11,632
Neighborhoods in incorporated areas (and recently annexed census-designated places)
- Bonnie Loch-Woodsetter North in Pompano Beach.
- Broadview-Pompano Park in North Lauderdale.
- Broward Estates in Lauderhill.
- Carver Ranches in West Park.
- Chambers Estates in Dania Beach.
- Chula Vista Isles in Fort Lauderdale.
- Collier Manor-Cresthaven in Pompano Beach.
- Country Estates in Southwest Ranches.
- Crystal Lake in Pompano Beach.
- Edgewater in Dania Beach.
- Estates of Fort Lauderdale in Dania Beach, and partially in Hollywood.
- Godfrey Road in Parkland.
- Golden Heights in Fort Lauderdale.
- Green Meadow in Southwest Ranches.
- Hacienda Village in Davie.
- Ivanhoe Estates in Southwest Ranches.
- Kendall Green in Pompano Beach.
- Lake Forest in West Park.
- Leisureville in Pompano Beach.
- Loch Lomond in Pompano Beach.
- Melrose Park in Fort Lauderdale.
- Miami Gardens in West Park.
- North Andrews Gardens in Oakland Park.
- Oak Point in Hollywood.
- Palm Aire in Fort Lauderdale.
- Pine Island Ridge in Davie.
- Pompano Beach Highlands in Pompano Beach.
- Pompano Estates in Pompano Beach.
- Ravenswood Estates in Dania Beach.
- Ramblewood East in Coral Springs.
- Riverland Village in Fort Lauderdale.
- Rock Island in Fort Lauderdale.
- Rolling Oaks in Southwest Ranches.
- Royal Palm Ranches in Cooper City.
- Tedder in Pompano Beach.
- St. George in Lauderhill.
- Sunshine Ranches in Southwest Ranches.
- Terra Mar in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and partially in Pompano Beach.
- Twin Lakes North of Prospect Road, in Fort Lauderdale. South of Prospect Road, in Oakland Park.
- Utopia in West Park.
- Village Park in North Lauderdale.
- West Ken-Lark in Lauderhill.
Unincorporated areas and census-designated places
- Boulevard Gardens
- Broadview Park
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
- Franklin Park
- Hillsboro Pines
- Hillsboro Ranches
- Roosevelt Gardens
- Sunshine Acres
- Washington Park
Bimini Island Air and Locair have their headquarters on the grounds of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in an unincorporated area. When Chalk's International Airlines existed, its headquarters was on the grounds of the airport in an unincorporated area.
Over the past fifty years, Broward County has gone from solidly Republican to solidly Democratic. In the 1972 U.S. presidential election, Broward County residents voted overwhelmingly for Richard Nixon over George McGovern. From the 1992 U.S. presidential election onward, however, voters of Broward County backed the Democratic presidential nominee over the Republican nominee by strong majorities. Broward County is now the most reliably Democratic county in the state, with the exception of the much less populous Gadsden County. This change in voting tendencies is most likely due to the continuous flow from large migrations of snowbirds and transplanted people from the liberal Northeast and other blue states, as well as a growing LGBT community, and also naturalized U.S. citizens born in places such as Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Presidential elections results Year Republican Democrat 2008 32.3% 225,453 67.2% 474,579 2004 34.6% 244,674 64.2% 453,873 2000 30.9% 177,939 67.4% 387,760 1996 28.3% 142,870 63.5% 320,779 1992 30.9% 164,832 51.8% 276,361 1988 50.0% 220,316 49.5% 218,274 1984 56.7% 254,608 43.3% 194,584 1980 55.9% 229,693 35.6% 146,323 1976 47.1% 161,411 51.6% 176,491 1972 72.4% 196,528 27.3% 74,127 1968 54.5% 106,122 29.1% 56,613 1964 55.5% 85,264 44.5% 68,406 1960 58.8% 68,294 41.2% 47,811
A street grid stretches throughout Broward County. Most of this grid is loosely based on three primary eastern municipalities, (from South to North) Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Pompano Beach. Deerfield Beach—another primary eastern municipality—has its own street grid, as do two smaller municipalities—Dania and Hallandale.
Major Freeways and Tollways
- Interstate 95/State Road 9
- Interstate 75/Florida State Road 93
- Interstate 595
Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike (State Road 821)
- Sawgrass Expressway (State Road 869)
- Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
- North Perry Airport
- Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
- Pompano Beach Airpark
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- Broward County Government / Board of County Commissioners
- Broward County Supervisor of Elections
- Broward County Property Appraiser
- Broward County Sheriff's Office
- Broward County Public Schools
- Broward Health (formerly North Broward Hospital District)
- South Broward Hospital District(Memorial Healthcare System)
- South Florida Water Management District
- Broward County Clerk of Courts
- Broward County Clerk of Courts Records
- Broward County Public Defender
- Broward State Attorney's Office, 17th Judicial Circuit
- Circuit and County Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
- The Waterfront News local newspaper for Broward County, Florida fully and openly available in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library
- The Broward Alliance (Broward County's official public/private partnership for economic development)
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