Tamarac, Florida

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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.[2] It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.[5]



Once a fledgling active adult community of single family homes 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 He originally made his fortune with a chain of car washes called Car-A-Mat.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.[6]

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)[7]. 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[3] 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),[8] 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.

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