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Broward County Overview
Broward County is often described as one of the best examples in American diversity, a character traceable to its founding in 1915. To create the county’s territory then, Palm Beach to Broward’s north and Dade to the south yielded nearly equal parts of their respective areas.
Broward County today covers 1,320 square miles on the southeastern seaboard of Florida. Together with its neighbors Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, Broward forms part of the three-county region comprising the South Florida metropolitan area. This county was named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909, noted for his campaign to create useful land out of the Everglades which eventually opened up acreage for the development for much of Broward County.
Strength in Numbers
Broward’s diverse character shows in its population density which is the second highest in Florida at close to 1.94 million, next only to Miami-Dade’s 2.75 million as of the latest census in 2017. Like its two counterparts in the South Florida region, Broward’s population growth has been rapid and sustained, rising by 10.7 percent from 2010 to 2017.
Several factors seduce new residents to consider calling Broward County home, given the eclectic features of its residential hubs. At the county seat, Fort Lauderdale, a robust tourist and travel trade plus its vibrant boating industry bolsters the city’s economy. Its housing sector is as dynamic as well with downtown high rise condos among the popular choices.
Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts too of over 23-miles of beaches offering a wide variety of experience such as boating, fishing, and or parasailing. With just a two-hour trip, Fort Lauderdale residents can visit the Everglades National Park. This 1.5 million-acre protected area is a thriving habitat for wildlife endemic to the South Florida ecosystem.
More besides Beaches
The quality of life is as wonderful at Deerfield Beach where the recreational activities go way beyond water-based pleasures and extend to several world-class golf courses. Moving inland, the choices on golf links multiply many times over at Pembroke Pines wherein lots of retirees have already settled. A bit northward in Sunrise, sports action shifts to another level at the BB&T Center, the home of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers.
An ever-expanding selection of shopping and dining venues is very much part of the various Broward County communities. One notable commercial hub in the county is the 2.1 million square-foot supermall Sawgrass Mills. Another is the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach, touted as the biggest indoor flea market locally.
The Tech Factor
Broward County in recent years has likewise emerged as a hospitable ground for entrepreneurs, especially techies and startups, because of the incentives it offers to business locators. This has resulted in Broward-based tech companies gaining the advantage of operating at relatively lower costs compared to their competitors in the northeast U.S. and the West Coast.
The county, moreover, takes pride in the pool of talents that its 40 universities and colleges can provide to local business and industry. The county hence has drawn regional headquarters of well-established tech companies, like Microsoft and Oracle. The county too has an international airport allowing easy access to lucrative markets in Europe and Latin America. Moving forward, this gateway no doubt shall continue as a driver to the diverse makeup that has been a source of strength for Broward County.