Pembroke Pines, Florida

Pembroke Pines, Florida
City of Pembroke Pines
—  City  —

Coordinates: 26°0′45″N 80°18′49″W / 26.0125°N 80.31361°W / 26.0125; -80.31361Coordinates: 26°0′45″N 80°18′49″W / 26.0125°N 80.31361°W / 26.0125; -80.31361
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
Established 1960
 – Type Commission-Manager
 – Mayor Frank C. Ortis
 – Total 34.4 sq mi (89.2 km2)
 – Land 33.1 sq mi (85.6 km2)
 – Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)  4.01%
Elevation 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 154,750
 – Density 4,498.5/sq mi (1,736.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-55775[1]
GNIS feature ID 0288686[2]

Pembroke Pines is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city had a population of 154,750 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in Broward County, the tenth most populous in Florida, and the 150th most populous in the United States. Its official motto is "Join Us - Progress with Us." Pembroke Pines was named one of the best cities in which to live in America.

Pembroke Pines won the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award" in 2004 and was a finalist community in 2003. Pembroke Pines also received an "outstanding achievement award" in the "2005 City Livability Awards" Program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Many of Pembroke Pines schools have received the "Five Star School Award" from the Florida Department of Education as schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.



Pembroke Pines was incorporated in 1960, and took the name Pembroke from its location along Pembroke Road and the many pine trees in the area. But the name Pembroke dates back much further. The name may have been from an early landowner from Britain known as the Earl of Pembroke.

The first inhabitants estimate in the city are American Indians that first appeared about 4,000 years ago. Skeletal remains of animal hunters dating about 10,000 years old were found around Broward County, showing that perhaps human beings have lived around here even earlier.

The town started as agricultural land occupied by dairy farms and grew after the war as servicemen were retiring, including large eastern sections that were part of the Waldrep Dairy Farm. The first two tiny subdivisions were called Pembroke Pines. One of the first homes in the city belonged to Dr. and Mrs. Walter Smith Kipnis, built in 1956. Dr. Kipnis was also the first mayor. It was then known as the “Village of Pembroke Pines” and was incorporated into a town in 1959. Builders contested the incorporation, so a legal battle was brought out concerning the boundaries of the new town that were incorrectly stated in the ballot. 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 when the town 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) 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 northwestern part and Cooper City. It has a capacity for 611 inmates and has academic programs, vocational programs, wellness education services, library services, substance abuse programs, chaplaincy services, institutional betterment programs, and many other programs. 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 the Hollywood Sportatorium and the Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park. At this time, I-75 was extended through the city.

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.[3] 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 154,750 at the 2010 census.

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.[4] 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.

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 mph (148 km/h) sustained wind, with a 101 mph (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.[citation needed]


Pembroke Pines is located at 26°00′46″N 80°18′49″W / 26.012913°N 80.313689°W / 26.012913; -80.313689.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.4 square miles (89 km2). 33.0 square miles (85 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (4.01%) is water, making it one of the largest cities in Broward County, and largest city by total land area.

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.

Government and infrastructure

Broward Correctional Institution, a Florida Department of Corrections prison, is in the former Country Estates CDP and in Southwest Ranches, Florida,[6][7] in proximity to Pembroke Pines. The prison formerly housed the female death row.[8] The female death row was moved to Lowell Annex in February 2003.[6]


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

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

Public elementary schools

  • Chapel Trail Elementary School
  • Franklin Academy Charter School [K-8]
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Palm Cove Elementary School
  • Panther Run Elementary School
  • Pasadena Lakes Elementary School
  • Pembroke Lakes Elementary School
  • Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School (East, Central, West, and FSU campus)
  • Pembroke Pines Elementary School
  • Pines Lakes Elementary School
  • Silver Palms Elementary School
  • Silver Lakes Elementary School (located in Miramar, Florida)
  • Somerset Academy Charter Elementary School
  • Sunset Lakes Elementary School (located in Miramar, Florida)

Higher education

City leaders

Mayor: Frank C. Ortis
Commissioner Seat 1: Carl Shechter(Vice Mayor)
Commissioner Seat 2: Jack McCluskey
Commissioner Seat 3: Iris Siple
Commissioner Seat 4: Angelo Castillo

City Manager: Charles F. Dodge


Pembroke Pines Demographics
2010 Census Pembroke Pines Broward County Florida
Total population 154,750 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +12.6% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,671.9/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/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-American 19.8% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 41.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 4.9% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.3% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.4% 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.[9]

As of 2000, Pembroke Pines had the forty-fifth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 3% of the city's population,[10] and the fiftieth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, at 8.66% of the city's population.[11] 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.[12]

Notable residents


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^,0,2542506.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
  4. ^ South Florida Intersection Tops Most Dangerous List - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Broward Correctional Institution." Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 31, 2010.
  7. ^ "Country Estates CDP, Florida." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Death Row Fact Sheet." Florida Department of Corrections. February 3, 2001. Retrieved on August 31, 2010.
  9. ^ "MLA's Data Center Results for Pembroke Pines, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Cuban Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Jamaican Communities". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 

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