Tamarac, Florida

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Tamarac, Florida

Introduction to Tamarac, Florida

The Florida city of Tamarac is located in Broward County, about 13 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale and 40 miles north of Miami. The city is bordered by Margate to the north and Sunrise and Lauderhill to the south. It is easily accessible from the Sawgrass Expressway and the Florida Turnpike and is also close to Interstate I-95.

Incorporated in 1963, Tamarac got its unique name from the original business of its developer; a young millionaire from the Midwest named Ken Behring. Having originally made his fortune with a chain of carwash centers called Car-A-Mat, Behring in the early 1960s bought land and built homes and communities in a region which was then little more than a fledgling senior retirement community. For a city name he chose Tamarac, which is "Car-A-Mat" spelled backwards. Although still predominantly a retirement community, Tamarac is attracting an increasing number of young families and commuters who live here and work in other neighboring cities.

Arts and Recreation in Tamarac

Tamarac boasts a number of parks which provide a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Veteran’s Park has a veteran’s memorial. Sunset Point Park features a walking trail, playground, and a small amphitheater. Caporella Park offers picnic tables, grills, playground, and a lake with a fishing pier. The Tamarac Sports Complex includes a hockey rink, tennis and basketball courts, fields for baseball, softball, football, and soccer, as well as a gazebo, covered playground, and picnic tables.

The Tamarac Theatre of Performing Arts is one of South Florida's finest venues for live stage entertainment. In existence for over 25 years, the theater features a regular schedule of stage plays and musicals, as well as a Children's Theater program that teaches all the performing arts, covering dancing, singing, acting, and stagecraft. Tamarac's central location provides easy access to numerous attractions in nearby cities and towns. To name just a few, these include the Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum, the Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History in Dania Beach, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, and the City of Plantation Historical Museum.

Area sports can be found at a number of nearby places. The International Swimming Hall of Fame is one of the principal attractions in nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach. Fort Lauderdale is also the Spring Training home of baseball's Baltimore Orioles. The BankAtlantic Center in nearby Sunrise is the home arena of the NHL's Florida Panthers hockey team. The city of Miami, less than an hour away from Tamarac, is the home of three major-league professional franchises: the Dolphins (NFL football), the Heat (NBA basketball), and baseball's Florida Marlins.

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High Points

Tamarac strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Tamarac Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Tamarac, Florida

Comparing Tamarac to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
College Educated Adults 3 5
Median Family Income 3 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 5 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 5
Short Commute Times 4 3
Working at Home 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
People Living Alone 10 9
Housing Recently Built 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 4
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 5 7

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Tamarac Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Broward
Standard Zip Codes 33309, 33319, 33321, 33323, 33351
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33320, 33359
Phone Area Codes 954
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.212
Longitude -80.25

Tamarac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 58 to 77 F
Apr Temp 66 to 83 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 71 to 87 F
Annual Precip 57.2 inches
Distance 8.4 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
Distance 26.3 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
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Tamarac Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,588 100%
Male 24,862 44.7%
Female 30,726 55.3%
Under 18 7,471 13.4%
18+ 48,117 86.6%
65+ 20,999 37.8%
Median Age 52.9
Average Family Size 2.56
White 45,625 82.1%
African-American 5,845 10.5%
Asian 823 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 99 0.2%
Other 1,617 2.9%
Mixed Race 1,559 2.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8,274 14.9%

Estimated Tamarac Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 59,923
Growth 4,335
Growth % 7.8%

Tamarac Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.8%
Italian 11.1%
US/American 10.2%
Irish 6.2%
German 6.1%
Russian 6%
Jamaican 4.7%
Polish 4.1%
English 3.5%
Haitian 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Austrian 1.1%
Hungarian 1.1%
Romanian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
African 0.6%
European 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
British 0.3%
West Indian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Inverrary (33319)
Laud Lakes (33309, 33319)
Lauder Hill (33319, 33321)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Tamarac 55,588 $41,927
Coconut Creek 43,566 $55,131
Coral Springs 117,549 $64,193
Lauderdale Lakes 31,705 $32,641
Margate 53,909 $48,254
North Lauderdale 32,264 $41,990
Sunrise 85,779 $47,908

Tamarac Hospitals

(954) 721-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Margate, Florida 92.9   30.8% 21.7% 17% 29 $48,254 6% 21.2% 53,909 8.4% 21.6 3.9% 3.4
2. Deerfield Beach, Florida 89.7   40.2% 29.3% 21.2% 24 $44,853 4.8% 22.7% 64,583 12.5% 34.8 10.2% 7
3. Tavares, Florida 88   33% 38% 14.1% 23 $36,243 3.4% 11% 9,700 10.3% 25.7 10.3% 3.5
4. Tarpon Springs, Florida 87.5   29.9% 24.8% 20.5% 30 $46,316 5.2% 9.9% 21,003 9.8% 38 8.4% 7.3
5. Largo, Florida 85.9   38.9% 30.1% 16.4% 24 $41,523 4.3% 7.3% 69,371 9.1% 38.4 8.6% 6.3
6. Dunedin, Florida 84.7   37.7% 29.9% 22.4% 25 $47,620 3.8% 5.1% 35,691 8.2% 27.4 6.2% 2.3
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