Deerfield Beach, Florida

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Deerfield Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, USA. The city is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. As of 2004, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 76,478.[2] It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.[5]

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History

Deerfield Beach's history dates back to 1890 when a small settlement named Hilsboro was developed along the Hilsboro River. As the population grew to 20 by 1898, the settlement was now served by its own post office and the town was named Deerfield for the deer that grazed along the Hilsboro River.[6]

By the early twentieth century, as the town's population continued to grow, the Florida East Coast Railroad constructed tracks en route to Miami bisecting Deerfield. Deerfield's early settlers were mostly farmers who grew pineapples, tomatoes, green beans, squash and fished along the Intercoastal Waterway. Through the 1940's, Deerfield remained a largely agricultural based community, but during the decade the town's name was changed to Deerfield Beach.[6]

Geography and weather

Deerfield Beach is located at 26°18′19″N 80°07′11″W / 26.305223°N 80.119817°W / 26.305223; -80.119817.[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.9 mi² (38.7 km²), of which 13.4 square miles (35 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (4 km2) is water (10.05%).

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