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Pembroke Pines, Florida
City of Pembroke Pines
Pembroke Falls, a residential development in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Pembroke Falls, a residential development in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Official seal of Pembroke Pines, Florida
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Join Us - Progress with Us"
Map of Florida highlighting Pembroke Pines.svg
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Unofficially incorporated (village) March 2, 1959
Incorporated (village) January 16, 1960
Incorporated (city) May 22, 1961
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
Area
 • Total 34.76 sq mi (90.03 km2)
 • Land 32.68 sq mi (84.64 km2)
 • Water 2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)  4.88%
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 171,178
 • Density 5,237.84/sq mi (2,022.33/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33023-33029, 33330-33332
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-55775
GNIS feature ID 0288686
Website City of Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines is a city in southern Broward County, Florida, United States. The city is located 22 miles (35 km) north of Miami. The population of Pembroke Pines is 171,178 as of the 2020 census. It is a suburb of and the fourth-most populous city in the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.

History

Pembroke Pines was officially incorporated on January 16, 1960. The city's name, Pembroke Pines, is traced back to Sir Edward Reed, a Member of Britain's Parliament for the County of Pembroke in 1874, who purchased and farmed land in the 1880s which today occupies much of what is now the nearby city of Dania Beach. The road put through his land came to be known as Pembroke Road. When incorporating, the mayor (Dr. Kipnis) 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. The first two 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 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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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-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.

Geography

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

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.

Climate

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
(23.9)
77
(25)
79
(26.1)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
89
(31.7)
90
(32.2)
90
(32.2)
89
(31.7)
86
(30)
81
(27.2)
77
(25)
83.4
(28.56)
Average low °F (°C) 57
(13.9)
59
(15)
62
(16.7)
66
(18.9)
71
(21.7)
75
(23.9)
75
(23.9)
76
(24.4)
75
(23.9)
72
(22.2)
66
(18.9)
60
(15.6)
67.8
(19.91)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.62
(66.5)
3.36
(85.3)
3.58
(90.9)
3.52
(89.4)
6.20
(157.5)
9.81
(249.2)
7.41
(188.2)
8.00
(203.2)
9.45
(240)
6.40
(162.6)
3.90
(99.1)
2.39
(60.7)
66.64
(1,692.7)

Surrounding areas

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,429
1970 15,496 984.4%
1980 35,776 130.9%
1990 65,452 82.9%
2000 137,427 110.0%
2010 154,750 12.6%
2020 171,178 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pembroke Pines racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 36,313 21.21%
Black or African American (NH) 33,188 19.39%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 205 0.12%
Asian (NH) 9,567 5.59%
Pacific Islander (NH) 60 0.04%
Some Other Race (NH) 1,608 0.94%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 5,104 2.98%
Hispanic or Latino 85,133 49.73%
Total 171,178

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 171,178 people, 57,399 households, and 39,823 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Pembroke Pines Demographics
2010 Census Pembroke Pines Broward County Florida
Total population 171,178 1,944,375 21,538,187
Population, percent change, 2010 to 2020 +10.6% +11.2% +14.6%
Population density 5,168.4/sq mi 1,607.2/sq mi 401.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 65.8% 63.1% 77.3%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 28.5% 34.8% 53.2%
Black or African-American 21.0% 30.2% 16.9%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 44.4% 31.1% 26.4%
Asian 4.9% 3.9% 3.0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 3.2% 2.3% 2.2%
Some Other Race 4.6% 0.0% 0.0%

As of 2010, 61,703 households were available, 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 not families. About 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.

Education

Broward County Public Schools serve 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 schools

High schools
  • Charles W. Flanagan High School
  • West Broward High School

Middle schools

  • Pines Middle School
  • Silver Trail Middle School
  • Walter C. Young Middle School
  • Glades Middle School (located in Miramar)

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)
  • Sunset Lakes Elementary School (located in Miramar)

Charter schools

  • Pembroke Pines Charter High School
  • Somerset Academy Charter High School
  • Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Central, West, and Academic Village)
  • Franklin Academy Charter School [K–8]
  • Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines [K–8]
  • Somerset Academy Charter Middle School
  • 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)
  • Renaissance Charter Schools at Pines [K–8]
  • Somerset Academy Charter Elementary School

Higher education

  • Florida Career College Pembroke Pines Campus
  • The Broward-Pines Center regional campus of Barry University
  • The Broward-Pines Center regional campus of Broward College
  • The Broward-Pines Center regional campus of Florida International University
  • The South regional campus of Broward College
  • Keiser University Pembroke Pines Campus

Infrastructure

Transportation

Airports

North Perry Airport - panoramio - Alistair Cunningham (3)
North Perry Airport from the air.

For scheduled commercial service, Pembroke Pines is primarily served by nearby Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport. The city itself is home to North Perry Airport, a general aviation airport owned by the Broward County Aviation Department.

Public transportation

Local bus service is provided by Broward County Transit. The city also partners with Broward County Transit to provide additional bus routes within the city limits.

Major expressways

Other major roads

  • US 27.svgFlorida 25.svg U.S. 27
  • Florida 817.svg University Drive
  • Florida 820.svg Pines Boulevard
  • CR 822 jct.svg Sheridan Street
  • Florida 823.svg Flamingo Road
  • Florida 824.svg Pembroke Road

Street grid

Streets in Pembroke Pines are numbered as a continuation of the street grid of neighboring Hollywood; streets are distinguished from those of Hollywood itself by adding a 'west' to the cardinal direction. Streets north of Pines Boulevard are labeled 'northwest' and those south of Pines Boulevard are labeled 'southwest'.

Notable people

  • Eric Alejandro, Olympic hurdler
  • Jim Alers, aka "The Beast", fighter, UFC veteran, bare-knuckle boxer
  • Kenny Anderson, former NBA player
  • Baby Ariel, social media personality, singer, and actress
  • Geno Atkins, defensive lineman for NFL's Cincinnati Bengals
  • Kodak Black, rapper
  • Ethan Bortnick, pianist, singer, composer, actor, one of the world's youngest philanthropists
  • Bridget Carey, technology journalist
  • Triston Casas, baseball player
  • Conceited, rapper and cast member on Wild 'n Out
  • Danny Farquhar, Major League Baseball (MLB) player for Tampa Bay Rays (former resident)
  • Jeff Fiorentino, MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles (former resident)
  • Shayne Gostisbehere, defenseman for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers
  • David Hess, MLB pitcher for the Miami Marlins
  • Maurice Kemp (born 1991), basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
  • Sofia Kenin, tennis player, winner of the 2020 Australian Open
  • Mike Napoli, MLB player for the Cleveland Indians
  • Chase Priskie, NHL player for the Florida Panthers
  • Lil Pump, rapper
  • Omar Raja, founder of House of Highlights
  • Manny Ramírez, retired MLB player
  • Juan Sebastián Restrepo, Army medic killed in Afghanistan; resident from 1999–2006
  • Fernando Rodney, relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals
  • Lawrence Taylor, former NFL star for the New York Giants
  • Niki Taylor, model
  • Bella Thorne, actress and model
  • Touki Toussaint, MLB player for the Atlanta Braves
  • Mike White, quarterback for the NFL's New York Jets
  • Walter C. Young, Florida businessman and legislator
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