Pembroke Pines, Florida

Pembroke Pines is a city in southern Broward County, Florida, United States. Pembroke Pines' current population is estimated at 170,712 as of 2017. The city had a population of 154,750 as of the 2010 census,[7] making it the second-most populous city in Broward County after Fort Lauderdale, and the 11th-most populous in Florida. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.

Pembroke Pines, Florida
City of Pembroke Pines

"Join Us - Progress with Us"
Coordinates: 26°0′45″N 80°18′49″W
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
Unofficially incorporated (village)March 2, 1959[1]
Incorporated (village)January 16, 1960
Incorporated (city)May 22, 1961
  MayorFrank C. Ortis (D)[2]
  Vice MayorThomas Good
  CommissionersAngelo Castillo, Jay Schwartz and Iris A. Siple
  City ManagerCharles F. Dodge
  City ClerkMarlene Graham
  Total34.97 sq mi (90.57 km2)
  Land33.03 sq mi (85.54 km2)
  Water1.94 sq mi (5.03 km2)  4.88%
7 ft (2 m)
  Density5,104.52/sq mi (1,970.87/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33023-33029, 33330-33332
Area code(s)954, 754
FIPS code12-55775
GNIS feature ID0288686[6]
WebsiteCity of Pembroke Pines


Pembroke Pines was officially incorporated on January 16, 1960. The city's name, Pembroke Pines, is traced back to Sir Edward J. Reed, a Member of Britain's Parliament for the County of Pembroke from 1874 to 1880, who in 1882 formed the Florida Land and Mortgage Company to purchase from Hamilton Disston a total of 2 million acres of mostly swampland located throughout the southern half of Florida.[8][9] A road put through one of the tracts came to be known as Pembroke Road. When incorporating the city, Walter Smith Kipnis, who would become the city's first mayor, suggested the name Pembroke Pines because of the pine trees growing near Pembroke Road.

The first inhabitants of the area were American Indians who first appeared about 4,000 years ago. Skeletal remains of animal hunters dating back about 10,000 years were found around Broward County, showing that perhaps human beings had lived in the area even earlier.

The town started as agricultural land occupied by dairy farms and grew after World War II as servicemen were retiring, including large eastern sections that were part of the Waldrep Dairy Farm, including the present day Pembroke Lakes Mall. The first two subdivisions were called Pembroke Pines. One of the first homes in the city belonged to Kipnis, the city's first mayor, and was built in 1956. It was then known as the "Village of Pembroke Pines" and was incorporated into a village in 1959. Builders contested the incorporation, so a legal battle ensued concerning the boundaries of the new municipality. City services were added in the 1960s with the building of the first fire department building near North Perry Airport. However, University Drive was the western edge of habitable land for residents.

In January 1960, Pembroke Pines held another election, and the village became a city. This small property was less than a square mile and was between Hollywood Boulevard and SW 72nd Avenue, and had the Florida Turnpike to the east. Pembroke Pines sought to give citizens involvement so they organized the Pembroke Pines Civic Association. The square-mile city was unable to expand due to North Perry Airport and the South Florida State Hospital. Joseph LaCroix, a developer, had his 320 acres (1.3 km2) of land north of Pines Boulevard annexed to the city. This gave a new pathway to proceed westward. In 1977, a maximum security prison known as the Broward Correctional Institution was built in the northwestern part of town. This facility closed in 2012.[10] In 1980, property from Flamingo Road to U.S. 27 was incorporated into Pembroke Pines, doubling the size of the city. This expansion included the property that is currently C.B. Smith Park as well as what was once the Hollywood Sportatorium and the Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park. At this time, I-75 was extended through the city.

In May 1977, the Grateful Dead put on a storied performance at the Sportatorium. Many Deadheads consider the version of "Sugaree" played during the first set to be the band's — and particularly guitarist Jerry Garcia's — finest performance of the song.[11]

The city's rapid population growth in the mid- to late 1990s was part of the effect of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Thousands of southern Miami-Dade County residents moved northward to Broward County, many to Pembroke Pines. The resulting boom ranked the City of Pembroke Pines third in a list of "Fastest Growing Cities" in the United States in 1999.[12] Over the years, the increase in population has caused the need for schools. In 2003, Charles W. Flanagan High School had close to 6,000 students, making it the most populated high school in Florida. In response to Broward County's need to keep up with demands, Mayor Alex Fekete and City Manager Charles Dodge started a Charter School System. As of 2006, Pembroke Pines had the largest Charter School System in the county. The city is also home to campuses for Broward Community College and Florida International University. The city's population has grown from 65,452 in 1990 to 157,594 in 2011.[13]

In 2001, Pembroke Pines was home to the most dangerous road intersection (Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road) in the United States, according to State Farm Insurance.[14] A bond initiative was passed by city residents to allow the city to begin construction to redesign the intersection. The intersection has since been expanded with additional east/west Pines Boulevard lanes.[15]

Over the past decade as developers expanded Pembroke Pines westward, more hurricanes have affected the city and its residents. In 1999 Hurricane Irene dumped up to 16 inches (410 mm) of rain in the city. The western communities, such as Chapel Trail and Silver Lakes, saw an estimated 19 inches (480 mm). Then in 2004, Hurricane Frances and Jeanne passed to the north (Palm Beach County) but brought tropical storm-force winds and left minor tree and shrub damage. The 2005 hurricane season left a mark on the city. Hurricane Katrina passed directly over the city as a category one storm. In its wake, it left some damage such as downed power lines and trees, especially in the Chapel Trail and Silver Lakes developments. In late October Hurricane Wilma's eye passed about 20 miles (32 km) toward the north of the city, which saw the strongest winds its residents had experienced in decades. The strongest wind officially recorded in the city was a 92-mile-per-hour (148 km/h) sustained wind, with a 101-mile-per-hour (163 km/h) wind gust. Most of the city was left without power for days, lights at intersections had been destroyed, a riot at a gas station which led to it being closed, most landscaping was destroyed or damaged beyond repair, and left minor structural damage (mainly roof and screen damage). In addition, schools remained closed for two weeks.


Pembroke Pines is located in southern Broward County at 26°00′46″N 80°18′49″W.[16]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.8 square miles (90.2 km2), of which 33.1 square miles (85.8 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (4.88%) is water, making it one of the largest cities in Broward County.[7]


Pembroke Pines has warm, dry winters and hot, muggy summers.

Climate data for Pembroke Pines, FL
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 75
Average low °F (°C) 57
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.62
Source: [17]

Surrounding areas

The area of Pembroke Pines west of Interstate 75 is commonly known as West Pines, and consists mostly of subdivisions built since Hurricane Andrew.


Broward County Public Schools serves Pembroke Pines. In addition, several charter schools are located in Pembroke Pines, and the City of Pembroke Pines operates its own charter school system.

Public high schools

Public middle schools

  • Pines Middle School
  • Silver Trail Middle School
  • Walter C. Young Middle School
  • Glades Middle School (located in Miramar, Florida)
  • Franklin Academy Charter School [K-8]
  • Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Central, West and Academic Village)
  • Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines [K-8]
  • Somerset Academy Charter Middle School

Public elementary schools

  • Chapel Trail Elementary School
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Palm Cove Elementary School
  • Panther Run Elementary School
  • Pasadena Lakes Elementary School
  • Pembroke Lakes Elementary School
  • Pembroke Pines Elementary School
  • Pines Lakes Elementary School
  • Silver Palms Elementary School
  • Silver Lakes Elementary School (located in Miramar, Florida)
  • Sunset Lakes Elementary School (located in Miramar, Florida)
  • Atlantic Montessori Charter School
  • Franklin Academy Charter School [K-8]
  • Greentree Preparatory Charter School
  • Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School (East, Central, West, and Florida State University campus)[18]
  • Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines [K-8]
  • Somerset Academy Charter Elementary School

Higher education


Historical population
Est. 2018172,374[5]11.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[19]
Pembroke Pines Demographics
2010 CensusPembroke PinesBroward CountyFlorida
Total population154,7501,748,06618,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010+12.6%+7.7%+17.6%
Population density4,671.9/sq mi1,444.9/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)67.3%63.1%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)32.9%43.5%57.9%
Black or African-American19.8%26.7%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)41.4%25.1%22.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan0.3%0.3%0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian0.0%0.1%0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial)3.3%2.9%2.5%
Some Other Race4.4%3.7%3.6%

As of 2010, there were 61,703 households, with 7.8% of them being vacant. In 2000, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.13.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $52,629, and the median income for a family was $61,480. Males had a median income of $45,129 versus $32,531 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,843. About 3.9% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language were at 63.06%, while Spanish accounted for 27.91%, French made up 1.24%, French Creole comprised 0.99%, Portuguese was 0.94%, Italian was at 0.92%, Yiddish at 0.74%, and Tagalog was the mother tongue of 0.52% of the population.[20]

As of 2000, Pembroke Pines had the forty-fifth-highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 3% of the city's population,[21] and the fiftieth-highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 8.66% of the city's population.[22] It also had the twenty-fourth-highest percentage of Jamaicans in the US (tied with Wheatley Heights, New York,) at 5.1% of all residents.[23]

Notable people


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