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Tamarac, Florida
City of Tamarac
Flag of Tamarac, Florida
Official seal of Tamarac, Florida
Official logo of Tamarac, Florida
"The City For Your Life!"
Location of Tamarac, Broward County, Florida
Location of Tamarac, Broward County, Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated August 15, 1963
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • City 12.08 sq mi (31.28 km2)
 • Land 11.60 sq mi (30.03 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
9 ft (3 m)
 • City 71,897
 • Density 6,200.69/sq mi (2,394.08/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33309, 33319, 33320, 33321, 33351, 33359
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-70675
GNIS feature ID 0300337

Tamarac is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 71,897. It is part of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.


Seal of Tamarac, Florida (1963-1988)
Black-and-white version of the first official city seal, used from 1963-1991

In the early 1960s a young developer named Ken Behring came from the Midwest and bought land where he could, creating an active adult community of two-bedroom maintenance-free homes. He called his new city Tamarac, named after the nearby Tamarac Country Club in Oakland Park.

In 1963, Behring built the city's first development east of State Road 7, Tamarac Lakes Section One and Section Two. Next came two neighborhoods of homes built on a former orange grove called Tamarac Lakes North and The Boulevards. Four of Behring's last developments were Tamarac Lakes South, then the Mainlands of Tamarac Lakes just west of State Road 7, and finally the Woodlands community.

The city's early leaders, hoping to preserve Tamarac as a bedroom community, allowed Fort Lauderdale to annex commercial pockets, forever losing land that might have bolstered the city's coffers. In the late 1970s, the city de-annexed a long line of commercial buildings from State Road 7 all the way to Northwest 31 Avenue, but it went along with Behring's vision of Tamarac as a bedroom community. The boundaries were wherever Behring decided to build homes. The city's current eastern boundaries narrow to a sliver from Northwest 31 to 37 Avenues, then widen to the south. The city's easternmost boundary extends below Commercial Boulevard to Northwest 16 Avenue.

Behring also named a subdivision he founded in the Pinellas Park area, the "Mainlands of Tamarac By-the-Gulf".


Tamarac is located at 26°12′13″N 80°14′47″W / 26.20361°N 80.24639°W / 26.20361; -80.24639 (26.203581, -80.246376). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.3 km2), of which 11.6 square miles (30.1 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2) is water (3.92%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 5,193
1980 29,376 465.7%
1990 44,822 52.6%
2000 55,588 24.0%
2010 60,427 8.7%
2020 71,897 19.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Tamarac racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 21,741 30.24%
Black or African American (NH) 22,877 31.82%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 69 0.1%
Asian (NH) 2,223 3.09%
Pacific Islander (NH) 24 0.03%
Some Other Race (NH) 673 0.94%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,415 3.36%
Hispanic or Latino 21,875 30.43%
Total 71,897

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 71,897 people, 26,124 households, and 14,906 families residing in the city.

2010 census

Tamarac Demographics
2010 Census Tamarac Broward County Florida
Total population 60,427 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +8.7% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 5,201.4/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 67.2% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 49.0% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 23.1% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 24.3% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 2.5% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.8% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 4.2% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 32,794 households, with 13.4% being vacant. In 2000, 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.56.


Broward County Public Schools operates public schools.

Elementary schools in the Tamarac city limits include:

  • Challenger Elementary School
  • Tamarac Elementary School

Other elementary schools serving sections of Tamarac include Discovery (Sunrise), Pinewood (North Lauderdale), Park Lakes (Lauderdale Lakes), Oriole (Lauderdale Lakes), and Lloyd Estates (Oakland Park).

Millennium 6–12 Collegiate Academy is the sole public secondary school in Tamarac; it was previously only a middle school, but its high school began operations in 2017. Tamarac has a middle school attendance zone serving the majority of the city (sections of the city limits west of NW 81 Avenue). High school students are not zoned to Tamarac; preference is given to those who attended Millennium middle, and those wishing to attend the high school must be eligible for dual-enrollment with Broward College. Other sections are served by Silver Lakes Middle in North Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes Middle in Lauderdale Lakes. and Rickards Middle in Oakland Park.

Much of Tamarac is zoned to J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, and Piper High School in Sunrise, with Taravella serving northern areas and Piper serving southern areas. Other sections are assigned to Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes and Northeast High School in Oakland Park.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami previously operated Saint Malachy School in Tamarac.

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