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Broward County, Florida

Broward County, Florida

Broward County is a county in southeastern Florida, US. According to a 2017 census report, the county had a population of 1,951,260, making it the second-most populous county in the state of Florida and the 17th-most populous county in the United States.[8] The county seat is Fort Lauderdale.[9]

Broward County is one of the three counties in South Florida that make up the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people in 2018.[10]

The county has 31 municipalities, which consist of 24 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas. It is also Florida's seventh-largest county in terms of land area, with 1,322.8 square miles (3,426 km2). Broward County's urbanized area occupies 427.8 square miles of land. The largest portion of the county is the Conservation Area that extends west to border Collier County. The conservation area is 796.9 square miles and consists of wetlands, much of which are part of the Everglades National Park. At its widest points, the County stretches approximately 50.3 miles east to west and approximately 27.4 miles from north to south, averaging 5 to 25 feet in elevation.

Broward County, Florida
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Images, from top down, left to right: Fort Lauderdale skyline; Hollywood Beach Boardwalk; Hollywood water tower; Tarpon River neighborhood; Dania Beach pier; Life guard station on Las Olas Beach; Sawgrass Mills shopping mall in Sunrise; BB&T Center; Docked boats in Pompano Beach
Official logo of Broward County, Florida
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Broward County, Florida is located in the United States
Broward County, Florida
Broward County, Florida
Location within the United States
Coordinates:26°11′37″N 80°28′36″W [99][1]
CountryUnited States
RegionSouth Florida
Metro areaMiami
FoundedApril 30, 1915
Named forNapoleon B. Broward
County seatFort Lauderdale
Largest cityFort Lauderdale
Incorporated cities24
 • TypeCouncil–manager government
 • BodyBoard of County Commissioners
 • Board of County Commissioners[5]
 • MayorMark D. Bogen[2][3]
 • Vice MayorDale V.C. Holness[4]
 • Chief executive officerBertha Henry
 • Total1,322.817 sq mi (3,426.08 km2)
 • Land1,203.105 sq mi (3,116.03 km2)
 • Water119.712 sq mi (310.05 km2)
Highest elevation29 ft (9 m)
Lowest elevation0 ft (0 m)
 • Total1,748,146
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,300/sq mi (510/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Zip code
33004, 33009, 33019-33021,33023-33029, 33060, 33062-33069, 33071, 33073, 33076, 33301, 33304-33306, 33308-33317, 33319, 33321-33328, 33330-33332, 33334, 33351, 33441-33442
Area codes754/954,
FIPS code12011
GNIS feature ID295753 [100]
Primary AirportFort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
FLL (Major/International)
Secondary AirportNorth Perry Airport-
HWO (Regional)-
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport-
FXE (Regional)-
Pompano Beach Airpark-
PMP (Regional)
U.S. Routes
State Routes
Commuter RailAmtrak, Virgin Trains USA, Tri-Rail
Websitewww.broward.org [101]
Broward County, FL[24]
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Native people

The earliest evidence of Native American settlement in the Miami region came from about 12,000 years ago.[11] The first inhabitants settled on the banks of the Miami River, with the main villages on the northern banks.

The inhabitants at the time of first European contact were the Tequesta people, who controlled much of southeastern Florida, including what is now Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the southern part of Palm Beach County. The Tequesta Indians fished, hunted, and gathered the fruit and roots of plants for food, but did not practice any form of agriculture. They buried the small bones of the deceased with the rest of the body, and put the larger bones in a box for the village people to see. The Tequesta are credited with making the Miami Circle.[12]

Founding of Broward

Although the area has been settled since about 1400 B.C., Broward County was founded on April 30, 1915.[13] It was intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to name it in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909.[14] Throughout his term as governor, Broward championed Everglades drainage and was remembered for his campaign to turn the Everglades into “useful land”. This opened up much of today's urban Broward County for development, first as agricultural land and later as residential. A year before Broward became governor, Dania became the first incorporated community of what is now Broward County, followed by Pompano in 1908, and Fort Lauderdale in 1911.

In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County.[13] Dixie Highway was also completed through Broward County in 1915. In 1916, the settlement of "Zona" was renamed Davie in recognition of Robert P. Davie, a land developer who purchased a great deal of reclaimed Everglades land.

Broward County began a huge development boom after its incorporation, with the first "tourist hotel", in Fort Lauderdale, opening in 1919. A year later, developers began dredging wetlands in the county to create island communities.[13]

Land boom and rapid growth

1925 was considered the peak of the Florida land boom with Davie, Deerfield, Floranada, and Hollywood all being incorporated. By 1925, the boom was considered to have reached its peak, but the 1926 Miami hurricane caused economic depression in the county.[13] In 1926, the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation (formerly "Dania Reservation") was opened. In 1927, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was incorporated. In 1928, the Bay Mabel Harbor (now the Port Everglades channel) was opened. In 1929, Merle Fogg Airport (now site of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) was dedicated. In 1939, Hillsboro Beach was incorporated. Gulfstream Park also opened in Hallandale in 1939.

The county saw another population and development boom post-World War II when the transformation from agricultural to urbanized residential area began. In 1947, Pompano merged with beach area to form the present day City of Pompano Beach.

There was another boom between the 1950s and the late 1960s. In 1953, Plantation, Lazy Lake, and Fern Crest Village were incorporated. In 1955, Margate and Miramar were incorporated. In 1956, Lighthouse Point was incorporated and the Florida Turnpike was completed through Broward County. In 1957, Pembroke Park was incorporated. In 1959, Cooper City, Lauderhill, and Sea Ranch Lakes were incorporated.

In 1946 Dr. Von D. Mizell and black business owners petitioned the County Commission to make a county beach available to African Americans; at the time the beaches in Broward County, as elsewhere in Florida, were for whites only. Eight years later a beach, today Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, in Dania Beach, was made available, but there was no road to it until 1965. In the meantime, Mizell and Eula Johnson, with supporters, deliberately violated the law on July 4, 1961, by wading into the water on Ft. Lauderdale beach. The legal process set in motion by this incident resulted in the desegregation of Broward County beaches in 1962.[15]

In 1960, the City of Pembroke Pines was incorporated. This same year marked the opening of Broward College (then Broward Community College).

In 1961, Lauderdale Lakes and Sunrise were incorporated. In 1963, the cities of Coral Springs, North Lauderdale, Parkland, and Tamarac were all incorporated. In 1967, Coconut Creek was incorporated.[16]

The effects of a national recession hit the county in 1974 and the population growth finally slowed. This is from a peak growth percentage change of 297.9% which saw the population of Broward grow from 83,933 as of 1950 to 333,946 in 1960.[17] The population subsequently experienced an 85.7% population growth which brought the population to a total of 620,100 in 1970.[17]

Recent history

The Fort Lauderdale harbor and skyline

The Fort Lauderdale harbor and skyline

The structure of the Broward County government was signed into law in 1975 with the passage of the Broward County charter.[13] In the same year, the Seminole Tribe of Florida incorporated as a governing entity and began organizing cigarette sales, bingo and land leases that will bring millions of dollars in annual revenue in later years.[18] In 1976, Interstate 95 was completed through Broward County.

On January 19, 1977, snow fell in South Florida for the first time in recorded history. Snow was seen across all of South Florida as far south as Homestead and even on Miami Beach. Snow was officially reported by weather observers in West Palm Beach, LaBelle, Hollywood, and Royal Palm Ranger Station in deep South Miami-Dade County.[19]

In the year 1980, the US census reported over 1 million people living in Broward County.

On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew passed through Miami-Dade county causing $100 million in damage in Broward County and leaving at least a dozen residents homeless as a result of storm related fires. Broward becomes a base of operations to shuttle supplies to neighbors in devastated Dade County which suffered the brunt of the storm and caused over $25 billion in damage. Hurricane Andrew caused a massive exodus from South Dade to Broward County filling Pembroke Pines and other Broward communities with tens of thousands of transplanted families.[20]

In the year 2000, US census reported a total population 1,623,018.[21] The town of South West Ranches was incorporated this year.

On March 1, 2005, West Park became Broward County's 31st municipality to be incorporated.[22]

On October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida leaving the entire area damaged and causing almost universal power outages. Wilma was the most damaging storm in Broward County since Hurricane King in 1950. Broward experienced wind speeds between 80 and 100 mph (130 and 160 km/h) which endured for about five hours.[23]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,323 square miles (3,430 km2), of which 1,210 square miles (3,100 km2) is land and 113 square miles (290 km2) (8.5%) is water.[25]

Broward County has an average elevation of six feet (1.8 m) above sea level. It is rather new geologically and 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.[26] Broward is among the last areas of Florida to be created and populated with fauna and flora, mostly in the Pleistocene.

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 Wildlife Management Area to the west. Within developable land, Broward County has a population density of 3,740 per square mile (1,444 per square kilometer).

Broward approved the construction of Osborne Reef, an artificial reef made of tires off the Fort Lauderdale beach, but it has proven an environmental disaster.[27]

Adjacent counties

An aerial shot of the sunset looking Westward in Broward County, FL. The Everglades is shown in the background and beyond that is Collier County.

An aerial shot of the sunset looking Westward in Broward County, FL. The Everglades is shown in the background and beyond that is Collier County.

  • Palm Beach County - north

  • Miami-Dade County - south

  • Collier County - west

  • Hendry County - northwest


Historical population
Est. 20181,951,260[28]11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[29]
1790-1960[30] 1900-1990[31]
1990-2000[32] 2010-2015[33]

2015 5-Year American Community Survey

Households and families

As of the 2015 5-year ACS, Broward County had 1,843,152 people, 670,284 households, and 425,680 families. Of the 670,284 households in Broward County, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.43.[34]


In the county, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.[35]

Race, ancestry and nationality

The racial makeup of the county was 62.3% White, 17.1% Hispanic of any race), 12.2% Black or African American, 5.07% Asian, 2.20% from two or more races, 0.66% Native American, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 0.20% from some other race. The racial makeup of the total Hispanic population in Broward County was: 65.8% White, 5.90% Native American, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.33% Asian, 0.86% Pacific Islander, 26.23% were some other race and 4.57% were from two or more races.[36] In 2015, with relation to ancestry (excluding the various Hispanic and Latino ancestries), 7.38% were Italian, 7.70% American, 6.44% German, 6.54% Irish, 3.8% English, 2.6% Polish and 2.2% Russian ancestry.[37] Also, among West Indians, 6.33% were Haitian and 5.96% were Jamaican.[38] In 2015, 32.2% of the county's population was foreign born, with 18.14% being naturalized American citizens.[39] Of foreign born residents, 78.9% were born in Latin America, 7.88% were born in Europe, 8.52% born in Asia, 3.11% in North America, 1.34% born in Africa and 0.15 were born in Oceania.[40]


As of the 2015 5-year ACS, the median income for a household in the county was $51,968, and the median income for a family was $61,809.[41] Of full-time workers, males had a median income of $46,372 versus $39,690 for females.[42] The per capita income for the county was $28,381. About 11.2% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under the age 18 and 12.6% of those aged 65 or over.[43]

2010 Census

U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics:[44][45][46]

  • White (non-Hispanic) : 42.5% (8.7% Irish, 8.2% Italian, 7.9% German, 5.0% English, 3.2% Polish, 2.7% Russian, 1.9% French, 1.0% Scottish, 0.8% Dutch, 0.8% Scotch-Irish, 0.8% Hungarian, 0.6% Swedish, 0.6% French Canadian, 0.5% Greek)[44](63.1% when including White Hispanics)

  • Black (non-Hispanic) (26.7% when including Black Hispanics): 17.7% (12.8% West Indian/Afro-Caribbean American [5.7% Haitian, 5.3% Jamaican, 0.4% Trinidadian and Tobagonian, 0.4% Other or Unspecified West Indian, 0.3% Bahamian, 0.2% British West Indian, 0.1% Barbadian,] 0.8% Subsaharan African)[44][47]

  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 26.9% (4.8% Cuban, 4.3% Puerto Rican, 3.8% Colombian, 1.7% Mexican, 1.6% Dominican, 1.4% Peruvian, 1.3% Venezuelan, 0.7% Ecuadoran, 0.7% Honduran, 0.6% Argentinean, 0.5% Nicaraguan, 0.5% Salvadoran)[46][48]

  • Asian: 3.2% (1.2% Indian, 0.6% Chinese, 0.5% Other Asian, 0.4% Filipino, 0.3% Vietnamese, 0.1% Japanese, 0.1% Korean)[45][46]

  • Two or more races: 2.9%

  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%

  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%

  • Other Races: 3.7% (0.7% Arab)[44]

In 2010, 4.7% of the population considered themselves to be of only "American" ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity.)[44]

As of 2010, Haitians made up the largest population of immigrants, with Jamaicans coming in second, Colombians in third, followed by Cuban exiled refugees in fourth place, then Peruvians, Venezuelans, Brazilians, Dominicans, Canadians, and Mexicans being the tenth highest group of expatriates.[49] The county also houses many British, French, German, and Spanish expatriates.

There were 810,388 households out of which 28.61% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.80% were married couples living together, 15.28% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.67% were non-families. 28.79% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.07% (3.31% male and 7.76% female) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.14.[44][50]

The age distribution is 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.[50]

The median income for a household in the county was $51,694, and the median income for a family was $62,619. Males had a median income of $44,935 versus $36,813 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,631. About 9.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those aged 65 or over.[51]

In 2010, 30.9% of the county's population was foreign born, with 49.2% being naturalized American citizens. Of foreign born residents, 77.4% were born in Latin America, 9.0% were born in Europe, 8.4% born in Asia, 3.5% in North America, 1.6% born in Africa, and 0.1% were born in Oceania.[44]

According to the 2010 U.S. Census,[52] Broward County is the 9th largest county with same sex households. As of the 2010 Census, there were 9,125 same sex households out of a total of 686,047 households (1.33%).[52]

2000 Census

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),[53] 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 2000, with relation to ancestry (excluding the various Hispanic and Latino ancestries), 9.4% were Italian, 7.4% American, 6.8% German, 6.7% Irish, and 4% English ancestry. Also, among West Indians, 5.99% were Haitian and were 5.91% Jamaican.[54] Broward was 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.[54]

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 % 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.[55] Without the implementation of the new testing campaign, the reported numbers of new diagnoses would have probably been lower.


As of 2010, 63.44% of all residents spoke English as their first language, while 22.22% spoke Spanish, 5.42% French Creole (mostly Haitian Creole), 1.48% Portuguese, 1.41% French, and 0.59% of the population spoke Italian as their mother language. In total, 36.56% of the population spoke languages other than English as their primary language.[56] Since many immigrants are coming from the Anglophone Caribbean, where English is spoken, the change is not as fast as the rate of immigration would suggest.

Law, government, and politics

**Broward County Mayors**
NameStart of TermEnd of Term
Mark Bogen[57]Nov. 2018Nov. 2019
Beam Furr[58]Nov. 2017Nov. 2018
Barbara ShariefNov. 17, 2016Nov. 17, 2017
Marty KiarNov. 17, 2015Nov. 17, 2016
Tim RyanNov. 18, 2014Nov. 17, 2015
Barbara ShariefNov. 19, 2013Nov. 18, 2014

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 5:30 p.m. the following Friday. Meetings can also be viewed via webcasting at www.broward.org.



Broward County has voted for the Democratic candidate in most of the presidential elections in the past four decades, and has gone Democratic in every election since 1992. It voted twice for Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984) and once for George H. W. Bush (1988). From 1916 to 1972 it voted Democratic six times and Republican in nine elections. In 2008 and 2012 approximately 67.07% of the electorate voted for Democrat Barack Obama. In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton won 66.08% of the vote.

Election history

From 1948 to 1988, the county went Republican in every election except for 1976. In the 1964 presidential election, the county supported Barry Goldwater by a 56-44 margin even as he lost in a landslide nationwide, and in the 1972 presidential election, Broward County voters strongly backed Richard Nixon over George McGovern. But since 1992, Broward County has supported the Democratic presidential nominee by increasing majorities. It is now the most reliably Democratic county in the state,[59][60] with the exception of the much less populous and majority African American Gadsden County in North Florida. This change in voting tendencies can be attributed to the large migrations of middle and upper-class snowbirds and transplants from more liberal states, a growing LGBT community, liberal positions on social issues such as abortion and gun control, and naturalized U.S. citizens born in places such as Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

**Previous gubernatorial elections results**
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird parties
201831.30% 222,012 (DeSantis)67.98% 482,152 (Gillum)0.68% 5,015
201429.52% 138,394 (Scott/Incumbent)68.02% 318,950 (Crist)2.46% 11,549
201033.40% 140,445 (Scott)64.59% 271,606 (Sink)2.01% 8,480
200635.09% 143,043 (Crist)62.81% 256,072 (Davis)2.10% 8,558
200240.02% 175,756 (Bush/Incumbent)59.05% 259,370 (McBride)0.93% 4,076
199837.93% 137,494 (Bush)62.07% 225,010 (McKay)0.00% 8
199434.61% 138,333 (Bush)65.39% 261,368 (Chiles/Incumbent)0.00% 11
**Broward County vote by party in presidential elections**[[CITE|61|http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/]]
201631.16% 260,95166.08% 553,3202.76% 23,117
201232.23% 244,10167.12% 508,3120.65% 4,941
200832.34% 237,72967.02% 492,6400.64% 4,722
200434.61% 244,67464.21% 453,8731.18% 8,325
200030.93% 177,93967.41% 387,7601.66% 9,540
199628.29% 142,87063.51% 320,7798.20% 41,449
199230.92% 164,83251.85% 276,36117.23% 91,857
198850.00% 220,31649.54% 218,2740.46% 2,015
198456.68% 254,60843.32% 194,5840.01% 34
198055.95% 229,69335.64% 146,3238.42% 34,545
197647.15% 161,41151.55% 176,4911.30% 4,441
197272.41% 196,52827.31% 74,1270.28% 754
196854.50% 106,12229.07% 56,61316.43% 31,992
196455.49% 85,26444.51% 68,406
196058.82% 68,29441.18% 47,811
195672.45% 43,55227.55% 16,561
195269.10% 26,50630.90% 11,854
194850.88% 9,93336.35% 7,09612.76% 2,492
194447.45% 5,58352.55% 6,183
194038.31% 3,98861.69% 6,422
193630.30% 1,90669.70% 4,385
193234.27% 1,71765.73% 3,293
192863.63% 2,88934.45% 1,5641.92% 87
192441.45% 40742.87% 42115.68% 154
192044.24% 44241.54% 41514.21% 142
191622.57% 15854.57% 38222.86% 160

Voter registration

According to the Secretary of State's office, Democrats maintain a majority among registered voters in Broward County. The county is also one of the few counties in the state where Independents outnumber Republicans.

Population and registered voters
Total population[8]1,951,260
  Registered voters[62]1,183,49661.13%
    Democratic–Republican spread+342,173+28.91%
    No party affiliation329,18527.81%


Silver Airways has its headquarters on the property of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in an unincorporated area. [63][64][65] Other companies with headquarters in unincorporated areas include Locair.[66]

Spirit Airlines has its headquarters in Miramar.

When Chalk's International Airlines existed, its headquarters was on the grounds of the airport in an unincorporated area.[67] When Bimini Island Air existed, its headquarters were in an unincorporated area.[68]


Primary and secondary schools

Broward College South Campus administration building

Broward College South Campus administration building

Broward County Schools has the sixth largest school district in the country and the second largest in the state after the Miami-Dade district.

Regionally accredited colleges and universities

  • Broward College

  • Florida Atlantic University Campus Locations - Main Campus in Palm Beach County

  • Nova Southeastern University

  • Keiser University

Other adult education providers

  • DeVry University

  • University of Phoenix

  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

  • Florida Career College

  • Brown Mackie College

  • Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School

  • McFatter Technical College and Technical High School

  • Sheridan Technical College and Technical High School

Public libraries

The Broward County Library is one of the largest public library systems in the country, comprising 38 branch locations. There are also five municipal public libraries in the county that are not part of the Broward County Library system: Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, Lighthouse Point Library, Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, and Parkland Public Library.

Sites of interest

Museums and historical collections

  • African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale

  • Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

  • Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs

  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, Fort Lauderdale[69]

  • Fort Lauderdale History Center, Fort Lauderdale

  • Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale

  • NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

  • Plantation Historical Museum, Plantation[70]

  • Stranahan House, Fort Lauderdale

  • The International Game Fish Association, including the Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach

  • The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale

  • The Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale

  • Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, Dania Beach[71]

  • Young at Art Museum, Davie

Nature and wildlife areas

Butterfly World, Coconut Creek

Butterfly World, Coconut Creek

  • Anne Kolb Nature Center [102] , Hollywood

  • Butterfly World, a botanical sanctuary in Coconut Creek

  • Fern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek

  • Flamingo Gardens, a botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary

  • Secret Woods Nature Center, Dania Beach

  • Sawgrass Recreation Park

  • The Everglades parks, which have multiple entrances in Broward County

Other areas and attractions

Hollywood Beach Boardwalk

Hollywood Beach Boardwalk

  • Beach Place, a strip of stores, restaurants, and bars across the street from the beach along the Atlantic coast, in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts

  • Hollywood Broadwalk

  • Florida Grand Opera

  • Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop (colloquially known to locals as simply the Swap Shop)

  • Sawgrass Mills, a large outlet shopping mall in Sunrise

  • The BB&T Center in Sunrise, where the NHL's Florida Panthers play their games

  • The Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach, America's largest indoor flea market

  • Riverwalk (Fort Lauderdale)

Additionally, with 23 miles of beach, Broward County is a popular destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and droves of young Spring break tourists from around the world.[72][73]



A Broward County Transit bus in the current "Breeze" livery.

A Broward County Transit bus in the current "Breeze" livery.

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport serves as the primary airport of the Broward County area. The airport is bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach,[65] three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale and 21 mi (34 km) north of Miami. The airport is near cruise line terminals at Port Everglades and is popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Since the late 1990s, FLL has become an intercontinental gateway, although Miami International Airport still handles most long-haul flights. FLL is ranked as the 19th busiest airport (in terms of passenger traffic) in the United States, as well as the nation's 14th busiest international air gateway and one of the world's 50 busiest airports. FLL is classified by the US Federal Aviation Administration as a "major hub" facility serving commercial air traffic. In 2017 the airport processed 32,511,053 passengers[74] (11.3% more than 2016) including 7,183,275 international passengers (18.6% more than 2016).

  • North Perry Airport

  • Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

  • Pompano Beach Airpark

  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale Heliport

Public transportation

  • Broward County Transit

  • Tri-Rail

  • Sun Trolley

Major expressways

Interstate 95 as it passes through Fort Lauderdale. The city's skyline can be seen in the background.

Interstate 95 as it passes through Fort Lauderdale. The city's skyline can be seen in the background.

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  • [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg/25px-Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg/38px-Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg/50px-Florida%27s_Turnpike_shield.svg.png 2x|Florida's Turnpike shield.svg|h30|w25]] Homestead Extension (SR 821)

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Street grid

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.

Greenways System

Construction is underway on a network of recreational trails to connect cities and points of interest in the county.[75][76][77]


Map of the municipalities (colored areas) and unincorporated communities (grey areas) of Broward County

Map of the municipalities (colored areas) and unincorporated communities (grey areas) of Broward County

Municipality populations are based on the 2015 5-year American Community Survey.[78][79]

Incorporated communityDesignationDate incorporatedPopulation
2Coconut CreekCityFebruary 20, 196756,816
26Cooper CityCityJune 20, 195933,382
4Coral SpringsCityJuly 10, 1963126,673
23Dania BeachCityNovember 30, 190430,878
22DavieTownNovember 16, 192597,372
3Deerfield BeachCityJune 11, 192578,227
16Fort LauderdaleCityMarch 27, 1911173,570
31Hallandale BeachCityMay 11, 192738,725
8Hillsboro BeachTownJune 12, 19391,568
24HollywoodCityNovember 28, 1925146,791
11Lauderdale-by-the-SeaTownNovember 30, 19276,313
17Lauderdale LakesCityJune 22, 196134,103
18LauderhillCityJune 20, 195969,979
15Lazy LakeVillageJune 3, 195333
7Lighthouse PointCityJune 13, 195610,842
5MargateCityMay 30, 195555,678
28MiramarCityMay 26, 1955131,384
10North LauderdaleCityJuly 10, 196342,853
13Oakland ParkCityJune 10, 192943,347
1ParklandCityJuly 10, 196327,114
30Pembroke ParkTownOctober 10, 19576,244
27Pembroke PinesCityMarch 2, 1959162,243
20PlantationCityApril 30, 195389,904
6Pompano BeachCityJune 6, 1908104,741
12Sea Ranch LakesVillageOctober 6, 1959701
25Southwest RanchesTownJune 6, 20007,676
19SunriseCityJune 22, 196189,942
9TamaracCityAugust 15, 196363,227
29West ParkCityMarch 1, 200514,779
21WestonCitySeptember 3, 199668,423
14Wilton ManorsCityMay 13, 194712,133

Formerly unincorporated neighborhoods

  • 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 Deerfield 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.
  • Hillsboro Ranches in Coconut Creek.
  • 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.
  • St. George in Lauderhill.
  • Sunshine Acres in Davie.
  • Sunshine Ranches in Southwest Ranches.
  • Tedder in Deerfield Beach.
  • 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.

Census-designated places

  • Boulevard Gardens
  • Broadview Park
  • Franklin Park
  • Hillsboro Pines
  • Roosevelt Gardens
  • Washington Park

Other unincorporated areas

  • Andytown
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

See also

  • List of tallest buildings in Fort Lauderdale

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Broward County, Florida

  • List of counties in Florida


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