Pompano Beach, Florida

Pompano Beach (/ˈpɒmpən/ POMP-ə-noh) is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean just to the north of Fort Lauderdale. The nearby Hillsboro Inlet forms part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As of the 2010 census the city's population was 99,845.[10] Located 35 miles north of Miami, it is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Pompano Beach, Florida
City of Pompano Beach
Pompano Beach's nighttime skyline viewed from Briny Avenue


"Florida's Warmest Welcome"[1]
Location of Pompano Beach in Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°14′5″N 80°7′32″W
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
Settled (Pompano Settlement)Circa Mid-1880's-1896[2][3]
Incorporated (Town of Pompano)July 3, 1908[3][4]
Incorporated (City of Pompano Beach)June 6, 1947[3][4][5]
  MayorRex Hardin
  Vice MayorBarry Moss
  CommissionersRhonda Eaton, Andrea McGee, Beverly Perkins, and Tom McMahon
  City ManagerGregory Harrison
  City ClerkAsceleta Hammond
  City24.71 sq mi (64.00 km2)
  Land24.04 sq mi (62.26 km2)
  Water0.67 sq mi (1.74 km2)  5.54%
13 ft (4 m)
  Density4,550.65/sq mi (1,757.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33060-33077, 33093, 33097
Area code(s)754, 954
FIPS code12-58050[8]
GNIS feature ID0289162[9]

Pompano Beach is currently in the middle of a redevelopment process to revitalize its beachfront and historic downtown.[11] The city has also been listed as one of the top real estate markets, being featured in CNN, Money and the Wall Street Journal as one of the country's top vacation home markets. Pompano Beach Airpark, located within the city, is the home of the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of Innovation.[2][12]


Its name is derived from the Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus), a fish found off the Atlantic coast.[13]

There had been scattered settlers in the area from at least the mid-1880s, but the first documented permanent residents of the Pompano area were George Butler and Frank Sheen and their families, who arrived in 1896 as railway employees.[3] The first train arrived in the small Pompano settlement on February 22, 1896.[3] It is said that Sheen gave the community its name after jotting down on his survey of the area the name of the fish he had for dinner. The coming of the railroad led to development farther west from the coast. In 1906 Pompano became the southernmost settlement in newly created Palm Beach County.[3] That year, the Hillsboro Lighthouse was completed on the beach.[3]

On July 3, 1908, a new municipality was incorporated in what was then Dade County: the Town of Pompano.[2][3] John R. Mizell was elected the first mayor. In 1915, Broward County was established, with a northern boundary at the Hillsboro Canal. Thus, within eight years, Pompano had been in three counties.[2][3] Pompano Beach experienced significant growth during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. In 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court disallowed forced confessions in Chambers v. Florida, a dispute stemming from a murder in Pompano Beach.[14]

Following the population boom due to World War II, in 1947 the City of Pompano merged with the newly formed municipality on the beach and became the City of Pompano Beach.[2][5] In 1950, the population of the city reached 5,682. Like most of southeast Florida, Pompano Beach experienced great growth in the late 20th century as many people moved there from northern parts of the United States. A substantial seasonal population also spends its winters in the area. The city of Pompano Beach celebrated its centennial in 2008.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.4 square miles (65.8 km2), of which 24.0 square miles (62.2 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), or 5.54%, is water.[10]

Pompano Beach is in northeastern Broward County along the Atlantic Ocean. It includes about 3 miles (5 km) of beachfront, extending from the intersection of State Road A1A and Terra Mar Drive to the Hillsboro Inlet. The city is bounded by the following municipalities:

On its northeast:

On its north:

On its west:

On its southwest:

On its south:

On its southeast:


Pompano Beach has a tropical rainforest climate.

Climate data for Pompano Beach, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88.6
Average high °F (°C) 75.6
Average low °F (°C) 56.1
Record low °F (°C) 27.0
Source: The Weather Channel[15]


Historical population
Est. 2018111,954[7]12.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]
Pompano Beach Demographics
2010 CensusPompano BeachBroward CountyFlorida
Total population99,8451,748,06618,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010+27.7%+7.7%+17.6%
Population density4,159.8/sq mi1,444.9/sq mi350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)62.6%63.1%75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)50.6%43.5%57.9%
Black or African-American28.9%26.7%16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)17.5%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)2.4%2.9%2.5%
Some Other Race4.5%3.7%3.6%

As of 2010, there were 55,885 households, of which 24.5% were vacant. As of 2000, 17.4% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.85.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $36,073, and the median income for a family was $44,195. Males had a median income of $31,162 versus $26,870 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,938. About 13.1% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.1% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010, Italian-Americans made up 8.5% of the population, forming the second largest ancestry group in the city.[17]

As of 2010, before annexation of other areas, Pompano Beach has the highest concentration of residents of Haitian ancestry in the country, at 9.3% of the population.[18] while it had the highest percentage of Brazilians in the US, at 2.67%,[19]

As of 2000, before many of the unincorporated areas were annexed to the city, those who spoke only English were 76.4% of the population, while those who spoke Spanish as a mother tongue were 9.3%, while French Creole (Haitian Creole) was at 6.2%, French at 2.4%, Portuguese 1.5%, German was 1.0%, and Italian as a first language made up 0.9% of the population.[20]

Data for previously unincorporated areas that are now part of Pompano Beach:

  • Pompano Beach Highlands as English being at 69.54% who spoke it as a first language, while Spanish at 20.26%, French Creole (Haitian Creole) at 4.74%, Portuguese 3.89%, and Vietnamese at 1.12% of the population.[21]
  • Collier Manor-Cresthaven had speakers of English as their first language at 72.54%, Spanish at 16.92%, French Creole (Haitian Creole) 6.88%, French at 1.40%, Italian at 1.12%, and Portuguese at 1.12% of residents.[22]
  • Leisureville: As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 86.24% of all residents, while speakers of French Creole accounted for 10.05%, and speakers of German as a mother tongue made up 3.70% of the population.[23]


Although there are about 17 postsecondary schools within 10 miles of downtown Pompano Beach, the majority of these are for-profit schools or ones that specialize in a specific field. Students may prefer postsecondary schools that offer programs in a wider variety of disciplines, especially if a student has yet to settle on a specific field of study. Pompano Beach is also the registered office for Augustine Graduate School, a post-secondary school, named for the North African theologian, philosopher, educator, and scholar Augustine, the graduate school offers graduate programs in the areas of psychology, philosophy, theology, education, and business; additionally the graduate school offers graduate certificates in various areas.

Broward County Public Schools operates public K-12 schools.

Elementary Schools

  • C. Robert Markham Elementary
  • Cresthaven Elementary
  • Cypress Elementary
  • Drew Charles Elementary
  • McNab Elementary
  • Norcrest Elementary
  • Palmview Elementary
  • Sanders Park Elementary

Middle Schools

  • Crystal Lake Middle School
  • Pompano Beach Middle School

High Schools


In recent years, an effort to rejuvenate rundown areas near the city's beach has gained momentum and has stimulated a multibillion-dollar building boom. Community redevelopment agencies were established for the East Atlantic/Beach corridor, as well as for the old downtown and Hammondville/Martin Luther King Jr. corridor.[2]

Companies based in Pompano Beach include Associated Grocers of Florida. Nonprofits include Cross International.

Largest employers

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[24] the largest employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Pompano Park 1,100
2 City of Pompano Beach 712
3 Broward County Sheriff's Office 700
4 Walmart 687
5 Publix 655
6 Aetna Rx Home Delivery 490
7 Point Blank Solutions 400
8 Associated Grocers of Florida 300
9 Pompano Masonry 300
10 FreshPoint 284

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Pompano Beach holds several annual cultural events including the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, St. Patrick's Irish Festival, St. Coleman's Italian Festival, the Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade, The Holiday Yuletide Parade, The Annual Nautical Flea Market at Pompano Community Park & Amphitheater, and The Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie "Juneteenth" Festival.[1]

Museums and other points of interest

The Kester Cottages (the Pompano Beach Historical Museum), Ely Educational Museum, Meridian Gallery, and Pompano Beach Art Gallery are located in the city. Two theatres in the area include Curtain Call Playhouse and Poet Productions.[1] There are two malls in Pompano Beach. The first is Festival Flea Market Mall, which houses booths and kiosks selling jewelry, electronics, and clothing. The other, Pompano Citi Centre, is an open-air mall.

The city has been twinned since 2017 with Termoli, a coastal town in the province of Campobasso.


Pompano Beach Golf Course is located in the city.

Parks and recreation

Local parks include Pompano Community Park and Fern Forest Nature Park. There are also many smaller parks throughout the city of Pompano Beach, including Kester Park, Cresthaven Park, Harbors Edge Park, Scott Meyers Memorial Park, and many others.

Pompano Beach Aquatics Center is located inside of Pompano Beach Community Park.


In 2004, John Rayson became the first elected mayor of Pompano Beach. Prior mayors had been selected by city commissioners from among themselves. The vice-mayor continues to be selected by city commissioners from among themselves. At the federal level, Pompano Beach is located in Florida's 20th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Alcee Hastings.


Pompano Beach is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[25] and the seventeenth largest television market[26] in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald. Local Pompano based media includes The Pompano Pelican, the longtime local weekly newspaper; the Deerfield-Pompano Beach Forum, published by the Sun-Sentinel Company; Pompano Post Community Newspaper and PompanoFun.com, a website focusing on local entertainment and events; and television program Today In Pompano.[27]



The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has its headquarters in Pompano Beach,[28] located next to the Pompano Beach Tri-Rail station.

In addition to Tri-Rail, Pompano Beach is also served by several bus routes operated by Broward County Transit. Two major transfer points are the Northeast Transit Center and Pompano Citi Centre.[29]

Notable people

See also


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