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Pompano Beach, Florida
City
City of Pompano Beach
Coastline of Pompano Beach
Coastline of Pompano Beach
Flag of Pompano Beach, Florida
Flag
Official seal of Pompano Beach, Florida
Seal
Official logo of Pompano Beach, Florida
Motto(s): 
"Florida's Warmest Welcome"
Location of Pompano Beach in Broward County, Florida
Location of Pompano Beach in Broward County, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida is located in Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Location in Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida is located in the United States
Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Settled (Pompano Settlement) c. mid-1880s–1896
Incorporated (Town of Pompano) July 3, 1908
Incorporated (City of Pompano Beach) June 6, 1947
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
Area
 • City 24.69 sq mi (63.96 km2)
 • Land 24.02 sq mi (62.22 km2)
 • Water 0.67 sq mi (1.74 km2)  5.54%
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 112,046
 • Density 4,664.31/sq mi (1,800.91/km2)
 • Metro
6,158,824
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33060-33077, 33093, 33097
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-58050
GNIS feature ID 0289162

Pompano Beach ( pomp-Ə-noh) is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Fort Lauderdale. The nearby Hillsboro Inlet forms part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 112,046. Located 35 miles (56 km) north of Miami, it is a principal city in the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,158,824 people in 2017.

Pompano Beach Airpark, located within the city, is the home of the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of Innovation.

History

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

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. The first train arrived in the small Pompano settlement on February 22, 1896. 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. That year, the Hillsboro Lighthouse was completed on the beach.

On July 3, 1908, a new municipality was incorporated in what was then Dade County: the Town of Pompano. 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. 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.

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. 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.

Geography

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.

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:

Climate

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
(31.44)
93.1
(33.94)
92.3
(33.5)
99.0
(37.22)
99.1
(37.28)
107.0
(41.67)
102.6
(39.22)
99.7
(37.61)
100.1
(37.83)
97.1
(36.17)
90.9
(32.72)
89.4
(31.89)
107.0
(41.67)
Average high °F (°C) 75.6
(24.22)
76.2
(24.56)
78.0
(25.56)
81.6
(27.56)
85.9
(29.94)
89.8
(32.11)
91.9
(33.28)
91.7
(33.17)
89.4
(31.89)
85.5
(29.72)
80.2
(26.78)
76.4
(24.67)
83.5
(28.61)
Average low °F (°C) 56.1
(13.39)
57.2
(14)
60.4
(15.78)
65.5
(18.61)
69.8
(21)
74.6
(23.67)
75.7
(24.28)
76.0
(24.44)
74.8
(23.78)
72.0
(22.22)
64.0
(17.78)
58.2
(14.56)
67.0
(19.44)
Record low °F (°C) 27.0
(-2.78)
30.2
(-1)
29.4
(-1.44)
35.2
(1.78)
40.2
(4.56)
40.0
(4.44)
52.8
(11.56)
59.0
(15)
51.1
(10.61)
41.5
(5.28)
32.3
(0.17)
30.5
(-0.83)
27.0
(-2.78)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 269
1920 636 136.4%
1930 2,614 311.0%
1940 4,427 69.4%
1950 5,682 28.3%
1960 15,992 181.5%
1970 38,587 141.3%
1980 52,618 36.4%
1990 72,411 37.6%
2000 78,191 8.0%
2010 99,845 27.7%
2020 112,046 12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pompano Beach racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 45,891 40.96%
Black or African American (NH) 31,395 28.02%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 120 0.11%
Asian (NH) 1,793 1.6%
Pacific Islander (NH) 25 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 1,443 1.29%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 4,768 4.26%
Hispanic or Latino 26,611 23.75%
Total 112,046

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 112,046 people, 44,297 households, and 23,038 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Pompano Beach Demographics
2010 Census Pompano Beach Broward County Florida
Total population 99,845 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +27.7% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,159.8/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/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-American 28.9% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 17.5% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 1.3% 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) 2.4% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.5% 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.

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. while it had the highest percentage of Brazilians in the US, at 2.67%,

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Pompano Beach holds several annual 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 and the Annual Nautical Flea Market at Pompano Community Park & Amphitheater.

Museums and other points of interest

The 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. 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.

Parks and recreation

Local parks include Pompano 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.

Economy

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.

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, 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

Sports

Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course has two 18-hole courses, the Palms, and the Pines, which opened in 2013.

Education

Although there are about 17 postsecondary schools within 10 miles (16 km) of downtown Pompano Beach, the majority of these are for-profit schools or schools 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

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

Middle schools

  • Pompano Beach Middle School
  • Crystal Lake Middle School

High schools

  • Blanche Ely High School
  • Pompano Beach High School (magnet for northern Broward County)
  • Schools outside of the Pompano Beach city limits: Coconut Creek HS (Coconut Creek) Deerfield Beach HS (Deerfield Beach), and Monarch HS (Coconut Creek)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami operates the Saint Coleman K–8 school in Pompano Beach; it opened on September 9, 1958. The archdiocese formerly operated the St. Elizabeth of Hungary School. The church attempted to resolve its debt to the archdiocese by loaning $2.13 million from Bank of America, and the school had $337,000 in debt in 2009, and it ballooned to $1.3 million of debt in the 2009–2010 school year. It closed on June 15, 2010.

Infrastructure

Transportation

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has its headquarters in Pompano Beach, 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.

Notable people

Mark Gilbert, official State Department photo portrait
Mark Gilbert
Harry Newman
Harry Newman
  • Kodak Black (born 1997), rapper
  • Roland "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" Daniels (1950–1988), professional wrestler
  • Tyrone Carter (born 1976), professional football player, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Henri Crockett (born 1974), professional football player, Atlanta Falcons
  • Zack Crockett (born 1972), professional football player, Oakland Raiders
  • Blanche General Ely and Joseph A. Ely (1903–1994), school founders and principals; see Ely Educational Museum
  • Further Seems Forever, influential Emo band
  • Mark Gilbert (born 1956), Major League Baseball player, and US Ambassador to New Zealand
  • Kelsey Grammer (born 1955), actor in the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier
  • Paolo Gregoletto (born 1985), bass player in metal band Trivium
  • Al Harris (born 1974), professional football player, Green Bay Packers
  • Lamar Jackson (born 1997), Heisman winner, NFL MVP, football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens
  • Ingemar Johansson (1932–2009), former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Eddie Jones (born 1971), professional basketball player, Dallas Mavericks
  • Barry Krauss (born 1957), professional football player, Miami Dolphins
  • Jerome McDougle (born 1978), professional football player, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Stockar McDougle (born 1977), professional football player Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Harry Newman (1909–2000), All-Pro football quarterback
  • Richard Thomas Nolan (born 1937), writer, Episcopal Church canon, retired philosophy and religion professor
  • Dan Nugent (1953–2001), professional football player, Washington Redskins
  • Jahseh Onfroy (1998–2018), better known as XXXTENTACION, rapper who died June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • Patrick Peterson (born 1990), professional football player, Arizona Cardinals
  • Jason Pierre-Paul (born 1989), professional football player, New York Giants
  • Jabari Price (born 1992), professional football player, Minnesota Vikings
  • Jordan Pundik (born 1972), vocalist in pop-punk band New Found Glory
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts (born 1955), professional wrestler, retired WWE
  • Rashard Robinson (born 1995), professional football player, New York Jets
  • Esther Rolle (1920–1988), actress, from television's Good Times and Maude
  • Clint Session (born 1984), professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
  • Corey Simon (1977), professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
  • Harold Solomon (born 1952), American tennis player ranked No. 5 in the world in 1980
  • Brett Swenson (born 1988), professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
  • Natalie Vértiz (born 1991), Peruvian American beauty pageant titleholder who represented Peru at Miss Universe 2011
  • Fahreta Živojinović (born 1960), better known as Lepa Brana, Bosniak and Yugoslavian pop-folk singer
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