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Plantation, Florida
City of Plantation
Plantation Historical Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Official seal of Plantation, Florida
"The Grass is Greener" and "E Vasitate Haec Urbs"
Map of Florida highlighting Plantation.svg
Satellite view of Plantation
Satellite view of Plantation
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated April 23, 1953
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • City 22.05 sq mi (57.12 km2)
 • Land 21.75 sq mi (56.33 km2)
 • Water 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)  0.87%
9 ft (2.75 m)
 • City 91,750
 • Density 4,218.20/sq mi (1,628.66/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33311, 33313, 33317, 33322-33325, 33388
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-57425
GNIS feature ID 0289024

Plantation is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 United States Census the population was 91,750. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area. The city's name comes from the previous part-owner of the land, the Everglades Plantation Company, and their unsuccessful attempts to establish a rice plantation in the area.


Plantation is located at 26°7′28″N 80°14′58″W / 26.12444°N 80.24944°W / 26.12444; -80.24944 (26.124354, −80.249503).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.80 square miles (59 km2), of which 21.74 square miles (56 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0 km2) (0.87%) is water.

Plantation is located in central Broward County. It is bordered by Lauderhill to the northeast, Sunrise to the north and west, Davie to the south, and Fort Lauderdale to the east.


2020 census

Plantation racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 37,976 41.39%
Black or African American (NH) 18,961 20.67%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 135 0.15%
Asian (NH) 4,146 4.52%
Pacific Islander (NH) 26 0.03%
Some Other Race (NH) 1,003 1.09%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 3,815 4.16%
Hispanic or Latino 25,688 28.0%
Total 91,750

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 91,750 people, 36,203 households, and 22,771 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Population and race

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,772
1970 23,523 392.9%
1980 48,653 106.8%
1990 66,692 37.1%
2000 82,934 24.4%
2010 84,955 2.4%
2020 91,750 8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Plantation Demographics
2010 Census Plantation Broward County Florida
Total population 84,955 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +2.4% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 3,907.4/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 69.9% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 53.7% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 20.3% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 20.4% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 3.9% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.8% 3.7% 3.6%

Age and gender

As of 2010, the median age of the city's population was 39.7 years, with the age distribution of 23.5% 19 years or younger (21.5% under the age of 18); 26.9% from 20 to 39 years; 30.0% from 40 to 59 years; 17.5% from 60 to 84 years; and 2.1% 85 years or older.

The population was 52.6% female, with a 53.5% female population aged over 18 years.


As of the 2000 census, first language distribution in the city was 78.01% English, 13.00% Spanish, 2.24% French Creole, 1.31% French, 0.72% Hebrew, 0.72% Portuguese, 0.59% Italian, 0.55% German, 0.46% Arabic and 2.40 for all others.

Employment and income

According to a 2013–2017 American Community Survey estimate, the per capita income for the city (in 2017 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $35,897, the median household income was $69,531, and the median family income was $78,839. The median earnings for a full-time, year-round male worker was $54,188, compared to $44,537 for the female equivalent.

The estimate also identified 9.0% of the city's population (6.7% of families) below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

The largest area of occupation (for civilians aged 16 and older) was in management, business, science, and arts occupations (43.4%), followed by sales and office occupations (28.9%).


As of 2010, there were a total of 37,587 housing units in the city (with a density of 1,728.8 per square mile of land), 9.0% of which were vacant.

Also as of 2010, 66.0% of the 34,190 total households were family households, 47.7% were husband-wife households, and 28.5% included a child under 18 years. 26.3% of all households were made up of individual householders living alone, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

Historical timeline

  • 1838 – Battle of Pine Island Ridge – part of the seven-year Seminole War.
  • 1906 – Captain Walter Holloway unsuccessfully attempts to drain the Everglades for farming; major canal runs north-south through Plantation.
  • 1911 – Sewell Locks, first wooden locks in the state, are built on the New River Canal next to State Road 84.
  • 1941 – Frederick C. Peters purchases 10,000 acres (40 km2) for $25 per acre; land had been owned by the Everglades Plantation Company (origin of the city's name); Broward Boulevard is a two-lane road.
  • 1947 – First homes built by Chauncey Clark; property valued at $200 an acre; two hurricanes completely flood the area.
  • 1948 – 12 homes in the area; population reaches 36.
  • 1949 – Plantation Women's Club founded; Plantation Homeowners organization founded by Dr. Abram Hoffman; 40 homes in the area.
  • 1950 – Population reaches 200; Plantation Golf Club built.
  • 1953 – Ellsworth D. Gage appointed first Mayor on April 30; Plantation incorporated as a city; first City Council meeting on May 11; Broward Boulevard grows to a four-lane street; population reaches 475.
  • 1955 – S. Robinson Estey elected Mayor. He had previously been Deputy Sheriff; Plantation Police Dept. organized.
  • 1957 – First industrial plant in Plantation – Airpax Products, Co. on Sunrise Blvd; City of Plantation Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • 1958 – Population reaches 1,600.
  • 1959 – James Ward Jr. elected Mayor. First school, Berenice T. Peters Elementary School, dedicated.
  • 1961 – The Plantation Library is founded with Mrs. Helen B. Hoffman as chairwoman.
  • 1962 – Edwin Deicke donates $100,000 for the expansion and renovation of Hoffman Building, later renamed the Deicke Auditorium; Chamber of Commerce founded.
  • 1963 – Community Center, designed by Russell Pancoast, built and dedicated on city's tenth anniversary.
  • 1965 – Population reaches 6,500.
  • 1969 – Motorola opens facility in Plantation.
  • 1970 – Gulfstream Land and Development Company purchases 5,400 acres (22 km2) for Jacaranda community development; population reaches 23,000.
  • 1973 – Plantation City Hall opens and Deicke Auditorium dedicated.
  • 1974 – Plantation Historical Society founded by Genevieve Veltri, Dorothy O'Hare, Lois Brickhouse, and Marilyn King.
  • 1975 – Frank Veltri elected Mayor for first time; American Express moves Southern Region Operations Center to Plantation. Population 40,200, budget $4,229,569.
  • 1978 – Broward Mall opens (1 million square ft).
  • 1980 – The Plantation Historical Museum is founded; population 48,653.
  • 1981 – Plantation Library is renamed the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library.
  • 1982 – The population reaches 50,000; city budget reaches $12 million.
  • 1985 – Plantation Historical Museum built.
  • 1988 – Fountains Shopping Mall opens (450,000 sq ft); Fashion Mall at Plantation opens (660,000 sq ft).
  • 1990 – The population reaches 65,000; city budget reaches $64 million; Central Park Elementary School opens.
  • 1991 – Hartford's Cornerstone, Phase 1 opens.
  • 1993 – Kemper National Services opens operations in Plantation.
  • 1994 – Population reaches more than 73,500.
  • 1996 – Olympic Torch Run weaves through Plantation.
  • 1997 – Population reaches 78,000; city budget is in excess of $80 million.
  • 1999 – Rae Carole Armstrong elected as Mayor of Plantation; 11,500-square-foot (1,070 m2) Volunteer Park Community Center dedicated.
  • 2000 – Population 84,500 and 55 diverse cultures; Presidential election delayed; Plantation Elementary moves to new school site; ground broken for Jim Ward Community Center.
  • 2001 – Ground broken for Happy Tails Dog Park; Multicultural Garden opens in Park East. Community Bus Service in operation.
  • 2002 – Jim Ward 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2) Community Center opens; Jack Carter Harmony Park dedicated; Happy Tails Dog Park dedicated.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Wilma hits Plantation on Monday, October 24, 2005 causing significant damage.
  • 2006 – The Fashion Mall closes
  • 2008 – Plantation named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.
  • 2015 – Judge John K. Olson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Florida rules on the auction sale of the Plantation Fashion Mall.
  • 2016 - Demolition of Fashion Mall begins.


A 2012 survey of business owners identified a total of 13,674 companies within the city. An economic census, also from 2012, determined that total retail sales in the city amounted to $1.72 billion.

Specific companies with operations in Plantation include DHL (Express Head Office: United States), the University of Phoenix (South Florida Campus), and TradeStation. Companies with former locations in Plantation include American Express (1975 to 2017), and Motorola (1969 to 2015).


Plantation was home to two malls, situated across the street from one another: the Westfield Broward Mall (south of Broward Boulevard), and the Fashion Mall (north of Broward Boulevard); however, the Fashion Mall was closed in 2006 and is currently in the process of being re-developed for the Plantation Walk project.

Golf and country clubs

Lago Mar Country Club

The oldest club in the city is the 293 acre Fort Lauderdale Country Club, which was first founded in 1926 (despite setbacks caused by the 1926 Miami hurricane). When first opened, the 6,661 yard course was known as the West Side Golf Course, and was owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale; however, the course was renamed in December 1928 when it was leased by Fort Lauderdale. In 1951, the club was expanded with a second 18-hole, 6,915 yard 'North Course'. Though originally a public club, it became a private club in 1957, when it was sold by the city of Fort Lauderdale. The club's original 'South Course' was designed by Joseph A. Roseman, Hebert Charles Tippet, and George Richardson Sr., and subsequently re-designed by Charles Ankrom (1991) and Kipp Schulties (2006). The North Course was designed by Robert 'Red' F. Lawrence, then re-designed by Tom Pearson (1999) and Kipp Schulties (2006).

The first club not owned by Fort Lauderdale, the Plantation Golf Course and Country Club, was designed by Robert 'Red' F. Lawrence and original city master plan architect Russell Pancoast, opening in 1950. Following discovery of a Native American burial mound on the site of the 14th hole during construction, each hole on the course was given a different Native American name to honor the area's previous Seminole and Tequesta residents. In addition to the golf course, the club included a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a clubhouse.

Another of the city's private golf courses is the 162 acre Lago Mar Country Club (not to be confused with Mar-a-Lago). Established in 1969, Lago Mar was purchased from its original builders in 1980 and re-designed in 2009 by Kipp Schulties, reopening on January 1, 2010. The club includes teeing grounds from 5,811 to 6,756 yards and other facilities such as private tennis courts.

Another public (though privately owned) club within the city is the Jacaranda Golf Club: a 285-acre, 7,247 yard course designed by Mark Mahannah and built 1970, then redesigned by Bobby Weed in 2006.

Work on a new city-owned golf course began in 2002, when the city purchased the property of the original Plantation Golf Course and commenced the new 'Plantation Preserve' development. This development work resulted in the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club: a 214-acre, 7,148 yard course, designed by Robert von Hagge, Michael Smelek, and Rick Baril, which was dedicated in April 2006.


American Heritage School Aerial
An aerial shot of American Heritage School

According to a 2013–2017 American Community Survey estimate, 93.4% of the city have attained high school graduation or a higher level of education. 25.4% have a Bachelor's degree, and 17.4% have a graduate or professional degree.

Plantation is served by Broward County Public Schools.

Public high schools

  • Plantation High School
  • South Plantation High School

Plantation middle schools

  • Plantation Middle School
  • Seminole Middle School
  • Bair Middle School in Sunrise (serves parts of Plantation)

Public elementary schools

  • Central Park Elementary School
  • Mirror Lake Elementary School
  • Peters Elementary School
  • Plantation Elementary School
  • Plantation Park Elementary School
  • Tropical Elementary School
  • Sawgrass Elementary School in Sunrise (serves parts of Plantation)

Private schools

  • American Heritage School
  • American Academy
  • The Blake School
  • Our Savior Lutheran
  • St. Gregory's Parish School of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami

Higher education

Notable people

Richard Bleier in 2017 (34785212210)
Richard Bleier
  • Somy Ali, former Bollywood actress, writer, model, filmmaker, and activist
  • Melanie Amaro, singer, first season winner of The X Factor USA
  • Daniel Berger, professional PGA Tour golfer
  • Randy Bernsen, guitarist and jazz composer
  • Horatio Benedict "H.B." Blades Jr., NFL player
  • Richard Bleier, MLB player
  • Chris Britton, MLB player
  • Valeri Bure, NHL player
  • Candace Cameron, actress
  • Cody Carrera, actor, songwriter and recording artist
  • Luis Castillo, MLB player
  • Audra Cohen, tennis player
  • Steve Curry, MLB player
  • Alberto Cutié, Episcopal priest and pastor of St. Benedict's Parish
  • Wayne Federman, actor, comedian, and Pistol Pete Maravich biographer
  • Blake Geoffrion, NHL player
  • Mike Gioulakis, cinematographer
  • Chad Henne, NFL player
  • Carl Hiaasen, novelist and journalist
  • Rob Hiaasen, journalist and editor
  • Michael Hill, MLB executive
  • Tyler Kinley, MLB player
  • Ty Law, NFL player
  • Jonathan Lewis, MLS player
  • Jake Long, NFL player
  • Camila Mendes, actress
  • Alicia Minshew, actress
  • Bob Norman, journalist
  • James Randi, retired stage magician and scientific skeptic
  • Darrelle Revis, NFL player
  • Josh Robinson, NFL player
  • John Roselli (1905–1976), mobster
  • Seymour Schwartzman, opera singer and cantor
  • Ryan Shazier, NFL player
  • Sloane Stephens, professional tennis player
  • Patrick Surtain, NFL player
  • Zach Thomas, NFL player
  • Allen West, congressman
  • XXXTentacion (full name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 1998–2018), rapper

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