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Tamarac, Florida

Tamarac, Florida
City of Tamarac
Flag of Tamarac, Florida

Flag
Official seal of Tamarac, Florida

Seal
Coat of arms of Tamarac, Florida

Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
"The City For Your Life!"[1]
Location of Tamarac, Broward County, Florida
Location of Tamarac, Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°12′45″N80°15′00″W / 26.21250°N 80.25000°W / 26.21250; -80.25000Coordinates: 26°12′45″N80°15′00″W / 26.21250°N 80.25000°W / 26.21250; -80.25000
Country   United States of America
State   Florida
County Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Incorporated August 15, 1963[2]
Government
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Michelle J. Gomez
 • Vice Mayor Debra Placko
 • Commissioners Marlon Bolton, Mike Gelin, and Julie Fishman
 • City Manager Michael C. Cernech
 • City Clerk Patricia Teufel
Area
 • City 12.08 sq mi (31.30 km2)
 • Land 11.62 sq mi (30.10 km2)
 • Water 0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)
Elevation
9 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City 60,427
 • Estimate 
(2018)[4]
66,054
 • Density 5,609.96/sq mi (2,166.09/km2)
 • Metro
5,564,635
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[5]
GNIS feature ID 0300337[6]
Website www.tamarac.org

Tamarac is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 60,427.[7] It is part of the Ft.Lauderdale metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.

History [ edit ]

Black-and-white depiction of the city's original official 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.[8]

In 1963, Behring built and Jesse Pilch sold 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.[9]

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.[10]

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

Geography [ edit ]

Tamarac is located at 26°12′13″N80°14′47″W / 26.20361°N 80.24639°W / 26.20361; -80.24639 (26.203581, -80.246376).[11] 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%).[7]

Demographics [ edit ]

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%
Est. 2018 66,054 [4] 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
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.

In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 13.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 37.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $34,290, and the median income for a family was $41,927. Males had a median income of $32,317 versus $28,360 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,243. About 6.1% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English language as a first language were at 78.08% of the population, while Spanish was at 13.69%. Also, Yiddish was at 1.90%, French at 1.15%, Haitian Creole consisted of 1.12%, Italian made up 1.08%, German comprised 0.62%, and Hebrew as a mother tongue made up 0.52% of residents.[13]

Over the years, the multicultural population has expanded in Tamarac, such as people from Latin American and Caribbean ancestry. As of 2000, Tamarac was the fifty-first-most Colombian-populated area in the U.S., with 2.74% of the population.[14] It also had the thirty-second-highest percentage of Jamaicans in the U.S., (tied with Royal Palm Beach and Goulds) at 4.1% of all residents.[15]

Education [ edit ]

Broward County Public Schools operates public schools.[16]

Elementary schools in the Tamarac city limits include:

  • Challenger Elementary School[17]
  • Tamarac Elementary School[18]

Other elementary schools serving sections of Tamarac include Discovery (Sunrise),[19] Pinewood (North Lauderdale),[20] Park Lakes (Lauderdale Lakes),[21] Oriole (Lauderdale Lakes),[22] and Lloyd Estates (Oakland Park).[23]

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.[24] 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.[25] Other sections are served by Silver Lakes Middle in North Lauderdale,[26] Lauderdale Lakes Middle in Lauderdale Lakes.[27] and Rickards Middle in Oakland Park.[28]

Much of Tamarac is zoned to J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs,[29] and Piper High School in Sunrise,[30] with Taravella serving northern areas and Piper serving southern areas.[31] Other sections are assigned to Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes and Northeast High School in Oakland Park.[32][33]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Tamarac Florida Official Website". Tamarac Florida Official Website. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Broward-by-the-Numbers (pages 3-5)"(PDF). www.broward.org. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2015-10-10. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  3. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tamarac city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "Our Name: Solved!". Tamarac Historical Society. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Tamarac Florida Official Website". Tamarac Florida Official Website. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "An Elusive East Side Story". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved September 2, 2001.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Tamarac, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
  14. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  15. ^ "Ancestry Map of Jamaican Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  16. ^ "Future Land Use Map." City of Tamarac. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Challenger Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Tamarac Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Discovery Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Pinewood Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "Park Lakes Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Oriole Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Lloyd Estates Elementary." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  24. ^ Reyes, Junette (2017-09-06). "Tamarac welcomes the first public high school". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  25. ^ "Millennium." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Silver Lakes." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "Lauderdale Lakes." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  28. ^ "Rickards." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  29. ^ "J.P. Taravella." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  30. ^ "Piper High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  31. ^ Huriash, Lisa J. (2016-05-10). "Tamarac could see first high school in 2017". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  32. ^ "Boyd H. Anderson." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  33. ^ "Northeast High." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.

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