Pompano Beach, Florida
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Pompano Beach /?p?mp?no? 'bi:t?/ is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States, along the
coast of the Atlantic Ocean just to the north of Fort Lauderdale. The nearby Hillsboro Inlet forms
part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As of the 2010 census the city's population was
99,845, with an estimated population of 102,984 as of 2012. It is part of the Miami
Metropolitan Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. Pompano Beach is
about 31 miles north of Miami. Just a quick ride up or down I-95 or Florida's Turnpike.
Pompano Beach is currently in the middle of a redevelopment process to revitalize its beachfront
and historic downtown. The city has also been listed as one of the top real estate markets, being
featured in CNN, Money and the Wall Street Journal as one of the country's top vacation home
markets. Pompano Beach Airpark, located within the city, is the home of the Goodyear Blimp Spirit
4.1 Largest employers
5 Arts and culture
5.1 Annual cultural events
5.2 Museums and other points of interest
7 Parks and recreation
11 Notable people
12 See also
14 External links
Its name is derived from the Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus), a fish found off the Atlantic
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 Sheene 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 Sheene 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.
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.
Pompano Beach is located at 26°14?5?N 80°7?32?W / 26.23472°N 80.12556°W (26.234659, -
80.125615). 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:
Pompano Beach has a tropical rainforest climate.
Climate data for Pompano Beach, Florida
Record high °F (°C)
Pompano Beach Demographics
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)
Black or African-American
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Native American or Native Alaskan
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian
Two or more races (Multiracial)
Some Other Race
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
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.
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 corridor.
Companies based in Pompano Beach include Associated Grocers of Florida and PetMeds. Nonprofits
include Cross International.
According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in
the city are:
# of Employees
City of Pompano Beach
Broward County Sheriff's Office
Aetna Rx Home Delivery
Point Blank Solutions
Associated Grocers of Florida
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
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.
Pompano Beach Golf Course is located in the city.
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.
In 2004, John Rayson became the first elected mayor of Pompano Beach. Prior mayors had been
selected by city commissioners from among themselves. The vice-mayor continues to be selected by
city commissioners from among themselves. At the federal level, Pompano Beach is located in
Florida's 20th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Alcee Hastings.
Pompano Beach is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the
twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United
States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and
their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald. Local Pompano based media
includes The Pompano Pelican, the longtime local weekly newspaper, the Deerfield-Pompano Beach
Forum, published by the Sun-Sentinel Company and PompanoFun.com, a website focusing on local
entertainment, events and fun things to do.
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
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Henri Crockett, professional football player, Atlanta Falcons
Zack Crockett, professional football player, Oakland Raiders
Ronald "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" Daniels, professional wrestler
Al Goldstein, pornographer and former publisher of Screw magazine
Kelsey Grammer, actor in the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier
Paolo Gregoletto, bass player in metal band Trivium
Al Harris, professional football player, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Jones, professional basketball player, Dallas Mavericks
Barry Krauss, professional football player, Miami Dolphins
Jerome McDougle, professional football player, Philadelphia Eagles
Stockar McDougle, professional football player Jacksonville Jaguars
Richard Thomas Nolan, writer, Episcopal Church canon, retired philosophy and religion professor
Dan Nugent, professional football player, Washington Redskins
Patrick Peterson, professional football player, Arizona Cardinals
Jason Pierre-Paul, professional football player, New York Giants
Jordan Pundik, vocalist in pop-punk band New Found Glory
Jake "The Snake" Roberts, professional wrestler, retired WWE
Esther Rolle, actress, from television's Good Times and Maude
Clint Session, professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
Shai Hulud, popular metalcore band
Corey Simon, professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
Brett Swenson, professional football player, Indianapolis Colts
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