City of Pembroke Pines,FL

Pembroke Pines is the second most populous city in Broward County in southern Florida. Pembroke Pines was first incorporated as a city in 1960, and has since grown to be the home of more than 160,000 residents. The burgeoning city's motto is, appropriately, "Join Us, Progress With Us".

Humble Beginnings

Pembroke Pines began as an agricultural area, and began to see its first real growth after American servicemen began to retire from the service following World War II. In 1959, when developers contested the status of the young village's incorporations, the resident went into a legal fight for their young village. The residents then officially incorporated as the City of Pembroke Pines in 1960.

Over the years, the city showed rather steady growth, and expanded the area of incorporation as it went. The city's largest growth spike was due to unfortunate circumstances elsewhere in south Florida.

Growth from Disaster

The city's population went through a phase of great growth in the mid and late 90s, partially driven by people attempting to rebuild after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Thousands of displaced Miami-Dade residents moved north into Broward County, and town became the new home for many. The resultant population growth had Pembroke Pines rated as the third-largest growing city in the entire United States. This rapid growth period set the tone for future projects and infrastructure needs.

How does Pembroke Pines Compare?

When you think about any city, it is normal to wonder how it compares to others on things like cost of living, crime, education and housing. Especially if you are considering a move to town, you will want to know what the good and the bad points about the area. The following information has been pulled and collated from various online sites that rank cities across livability factors. Feel free to do some homework of your own if you are considering a move to the area, as this is just a somewhat cursory glance at a lot of information that you will want to have.

The biggest detractor from the attractiveness of this tropical city is the cost of living. The cost of pretty much everything is slightly higher than the national average. This isn't so terrible, and when compared to the Floridian average cost of living, there is little more than a 10% difference in most areas. The biggest variation from average cost of living prices in town comes from the cost of housing, which is a full 33% over the national average cost.

Education, employment, and housing quality are all ranked well, and do not any nasty surprises. The rapid growth in the 90s led the city to expand the school system, wherein one high school had a population of approximated 6,000 at one point. With the introduction of charter schools and other measures, the student: teacher ratio averaged across the schools in town has settled at 19:1. That's a little high on the national average, but not a point where it should be come obstructive for students' learning.

Now, let's see where Pembroke Pines Excels. The availability and variety of amenities in town is generally regarded as one of the best perks. Most of what residents would want for regular needs and wants is easily reachable for town residents.

Pembroke Pines was once home to the Broward Correctional Institution, but the maximum security prison was closed in 2012. Crime rates in town are now actually quite low when compared to the Florida and national averages.

Environmental Risk

You can't think about any city in Florida without thinking about the risk of hurricanes and tropical weather systems. Tropical weather systems literally come with the territory, but are not always cataclysmic. Indeed, in recent years, many of the hurricanes that seemed to threaten Florida have caught ocean currents that have taken the further north.

The worst brush that town has had with a tropical weather system was in October 2005, when Hurricane Wilma's eye passed within 20 miles of the northern side of the city. In that near miss, the city was able to record its highest record winds, with 92 MPH sustained wind and a gust of 101 MPH. In the wake of Wilma, schools were closed for two weeks, and many residents were without power, many homes received light damage, and much of the city's landscaping was destroyed.

As bad as it sounds, remember that Wilma was the closest hit and the highest winds that Pembroke Park has had to deal with. The usual effect of hurricanes and tropical storms in the area is to drop torrential rain. The rain from storms has been measured at up to 19 inches of rain, which was dropped by the one-two punch of Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Overall, even the risks of tropical weather are not sufficient to detract from the tropical comfort of town.