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—  City  —

Location of Tamarac, Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°12′45″N 80°15′00″W / 26.2125°N 80.25°W / 26.2125; -80.25
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Broward
Incorporated (city) 15 August 1963
 - Type Commission-Manager
 - Mayor Beth Talabisco
 - City Manager Jeffrey L. Miller
Area [1]
 - City 11.89 sq mi (30.8 km2)
 - Land 11.39 sq mi (29.5 km2)
 - Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation [2] 9 ft (3 m)
Population (1 July 2006)[3]
 - City 59,923
 - Density 4,879.8/sq mi (1,884.1/km2)
 - Metro 5,463,857
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33309, 33319, 33320, 33321, 33351, 33359
Area code(s) 954, 754
FIPS code 12-70675[4]
GNIS feature ID 0300337[5]
Website http://www.tamarac.org

Tamarac is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 estimates, the city had a population of 59,923.[3] It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.[6]



Once a fledgling senior retirement community in the early 1960s, a young millionaire named Ken Behring came from the Midwest and bought up all the land and then started to build. He originally made his fortune with a chain of car washes called Car-A-Mat. He called his new city Tamarac, Car-A-Mat spelled backwards.[7]

The city's first development is east of State Road 7. The boundaries narrow to a sliver from Northwest 31 to 37 Avenues, then widen to the south to include Tamarac Lakes South, and to the north to take in Tamarac Lakes North and The Boulevards. The city's easternmost boundary, Tamarac Lakes Section One and Tamarac Lakes Section Two, extends below Commercial Boulevard to Northwest 16 Avenue. Altogether, the city encompasses about 900 homes east of State Road 7.


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)[8]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.9 square miles (31 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (30 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1 km2) is water (4.21%).[1]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 55,588 people, 27,423 households, and 15,740 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,879.8/mi² (1,884.3/km²). There were 29,750 housing units at an average density of 2,611.6/mi² (1,008.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.08% White (71.4% were Non-Hispanic White),[9] 10.51% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.91% from other races, and 2.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.88% of the population.

There were 27,423 households out of which 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 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.

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.[10]

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 US, with 2.74% of the population.[11] It also had the thirty-second highest percentage of Jamaicans in the US, (tied with Royal Palm Beach and Goulds) at 4.1% of all residents.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density:2000". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US12&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-format=ST-7. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  2. ^ "Maps, Weather and Airports for Tamarac, United States". Falling Rain Genomics. http://www.fallingrain.com/world/US/12/Tamarac.html. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (XLS). US Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-12.xls. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metro_general/2006/CBSA-EST2006-01.xls. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  7. ^ "Tamarac Real Estate". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/classified/realestate/community/sfl-homespot-tamarac,0,7833813.story. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  9. ^ "Demographics of Tamarac, FL". MuniNetGuide.com. http://www.muninetguide.com/states/florida/municipality/Tamarac.php. Retrieved 2007-11-15.  
  10. ^ "Tamarac, Florida". Modern Language Association. http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&state_id=12&county_id=&mode=&zip=&place_id=70675&cty_id=&ll=&a=&ea=&order=r. Retrieved 2007-07-23.  
  11. ^ "Ancestry Map of Colombian Communities". Epodunk.com. http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Colombian.html. Retrieved 2007-10-22.  
  12. ^ "Ancestry Map of Jamaican Communities". Epodunk.com. http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Jamaican.html. Retrieved 2007-10-22.  

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