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About Broward County


Broward County was created in 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County. By the 1960s, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The massive buildup of the South Florida region since the mid 1970s transformed the region, evidenced by the closure of the last major agriculture center within the county (Waldrep Dairy Farm) in 2003. It was one of the counties at the center of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election recount controversy. In 2002, it began an aggressive campaign of placing surveillance cameras along highways and traffic lights.

Educational institutions

Broward County currently has the sixth largest school district in the country and the second largest in the state after Miami-Dade.

Broward County Library is one of the largest public library systems in the country, composed of 37 branch locations.

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special Districts

Judicial branch