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Overview

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 Having originally made his fortune with a chain of carwash centers called Car-A-Mat, Behring in the early 1960s bought land and built homes and communities in a region which was then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.

People

Total Population 63,227
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 26%
Employed Population 16+ 29,226
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,328
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,996
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,502

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,526
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,178
Median House Value $120,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.3%
Irish 4.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station POMPANO BEACH
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
Station FORT LAUDERDALE
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
Station HIALEAH
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Coconut Creek 56,816 $64,031
Coral Springs 126,673 $71,321
Lauderdale Lakes 34,103 $37,022
Margate 55,678 $54,249
North Lauderdale 42,853 $42,775
Sunrise 89,942 $58,759

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tamarac Hospitals

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
7201 N UNIVERSITY DR
(954) 721-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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