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As of 2000, the population is 1,623,018; this makes it the second most populated county in the state. According to 2008 U.S. Census estimates, its population has increased to 1,766,476. Its county seat is Fort Lauderdale.

It is also the sixteenth most populous county in the United States. Broward County is one of three counties that comprise the South Florida metropolitan area.

Cities in Broward County include Broadview Park, Broadview-Pompano Park, Browardale, Coconut Creek, Collier Manor-Cresthaven, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Kendall Green, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Melrose Park, Miami Gardens-Utopia-Carver, Miramar, North Andrews Gardens, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Pine Island Ridge, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Highlands, Port Everglades, Riverland, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Washington Park, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census of 2009, the total population of Broward County had risen to almost 1.8 million people (1,754,846), and increased by 10.1% between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2006. This number is accounted for by an increase to 426,310 (25.5%) in its black population and an increase to 408,543 (24.0%) of its non-black Hispanic population. A significant portion of the black population has resulted from immigration, of whom are mainly Afro-Caribbeans/West Indians. Some Afro-Latinos and Afro-Brazilians might also classify themselves as only black. More black foreigners immigrated to Broward County between 2001 and 2005 than any other county in the United States. Also, 52,506 (3.1%) of Broward County's population is Asian, which is a higher figure than that of most counties in the state.  
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  Broward County was created in 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. It was to have been originally named Everglades County, but then Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that formed the county to honor Broward. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County. By the 1960s, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The massive buildup of the South Florida region since the mid 1970s transformed the region, evidenced by the closure of the last major agriculture center within the county (Waldrep Dairy Farm) in 2003. It was one of the counties at the center of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election recount controversy. In 2002, it began an aggressive campaign of placing surveillance cameras along highways and traffic lights. Critics contend the cameras violate drivers' due process rights and two separate lawsuits have been filed over their use, one in Aventura filed in February, and one in Temple Terrace near Tampa, filed at the end of July.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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