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Overview

Introduction to Plantation, Florida

The Florida city of Plantation is located in central Broward County. The city lies 8 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, and is also bordered by Lauderhill (to the northeast), Sunrise (to the northwest), and Davie (to the south). The city of Miami is located about 33 miles south of Plantation.

Until the 1940s, Broward County was still relatively uninhabited. In 1941, Frederick C. Peters, a potato farmer and cattle baron, bought 10,000 acres of cheap, undeveloped land at $25 an acre from a large tract which was previously owned by the Everglades Plantation Company (which explains the origin of the city's name). By 1949, a community had formed with forty homes in the area and in 1953 this community was formally incorporated as the city of Plantation. Ensuing decades saw periods of both steady and explosive growth to the city, which by the year 2000 boasted major employers including American Express, Motorola, Florida Power and Light, Plantation General Hospital and Westside Regional Medical Center.

Attractions and Events in and Around Plantation

Plantation is host to several annual events and celebrations. Each December, the Historical Society creates a Winter Wonderland highlighting trees decorated in many designs reflecting a variety of cultures. Fall is the setting for Art in the Park, an outdoor juried Art Show offering food and drink, musical entertainment and activities for kids. The Halloween & Safety Festival, held in October, features a children's carnival, haunted house, live music, raffles and door prizes.

The City of Plantation Historical Museum, which started as a small museum in a back room of City Hall, opened in 1985 and today houses permanent exhibits which include artifacts from the Seminole and Tequesta tribes and historically significant city memorabilia. Nearby attractions include Fort Lauderdale Beach, home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, honoring achievements of outstanding swimmers and athletes in related water sports such as diving and water polo; the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, home of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Native American Museum, which chronicles the history and culture of the Seminole Tribe of Florida; the Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History (Dania Beach); Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection (Davie); and the Seminole Okalee Indian Village & Museum (Fort Lauderdale).

Sports fans don't need to travel far from Plantation for major league professional action. Fort Lauderdale, only minutes away, is the Spring Training home of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles. The nearby town of Sunrise is the location of the Florida Panthers of the NHL (National Hockey League), who play their games in the city's BankAtlantic Center. About 30 minutes south of Plantation is the city of Miami, where the Miami Dolphins (National Football League), Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball), and Miami Heat (National Basketball Association) all reside.

People

Total Population 88,486
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 45,602
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.2%
Median Earnings25+ $41,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,099
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,066

Wealth

Median Family Income $79,516
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $1,397
Median House Value $236,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.7%
Irish 8.5%

Plantation Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Broward
Standard Zip Codes 33311, 33312, 33313, 33317, 33322, 33323, 33324, 33325, 33326, 33327, 33388
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33318
Company Zip Codes 33337
Phone Area Codes 954
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.127
Longitude -80.233

Plantation Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FORT LAUDERDALE
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station HIALEAH
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches
Station WEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance 39.3 miles
Jan Temp 57 to 75 F
Apr Temp 65 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 71 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Plantation, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bonaventure (33326)

Broward Mall (33388)

City of Sunrise (33313)

Dania (33312)

Laud Lakes (33311, 33313)

Lauderdale Isles (33312)

Melrose Vista (33312)

Westside Branch (33325)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cooper City 32,058 $99,910
Davie 95,721 $73,778
Fort Lauderdale 171,137 $60,210
Lauderdale Lakes 33,710 $36,760
Lauderhill 69,082 $43,489
Sunrise 88,391 $58,233

Plantation Public Libraries

Library
Helen B. Hoffman Public Library
501 NORTH FIG TREE LANE
Plantation, Florida
(954) 797-2140

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Plantation Hospitals

PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
401 NW 42ND AVE
(954) 587-5010
Emergency Service: Yes

WESTSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
8201 W BROWARD BLVD
(954) 473-6600
Emergency Service: Yes

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PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL
6901 NW 16TH STREET
754-322-1850
Serves 3,056 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

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1300 PALADIN WAY
954-797-4600
Serves 2,625 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

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