Southwest Ranches

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Southwest Ranches is an affluent town in Broward County. It is approximately 13 square miles and home to over 7,000 residents. It is located on the eastern edge of the Everglades, 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. It became the county's 30th incorporated place in 2000 to avoid annexation into Pembroke Pines and to preserve its semi-rural lifestyle.

The Town’s name came about through a local contest. The contest was to come up with a name for the newly formed city. The response was great and 122 different names were submitted. A vote was held on October 12, 1999 to select one of the top five names. Because the area has many horse ranches and is located in the southwestern part of Broward County, residents chose "Southwest Ranches.

The population at the 2010 census was 7,345. The 2010 Census, (the 2010 United States Census, known as "Census 2010", is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census). The Town is a rural environment, filled with grazing animals, nurseries, farms, exquisite and unique scenery and an abundance of wildlife.To support its rural-equestrian lifestyle, the town has developed miles of multi-use trails. People are often seen riding horses or bicycles or walking the trails that spread throughout the town.

The area is primarily residential, with most lots consisting of 1 acre or more. There are some small farms and equestrian ranches. The town has laws that keep homes from being built on lots of less than 1 acre. In order to conserve the town's rural lifestyle, the laws also generally stop streetlights and sidewalks from being constructed.


In the fall of 1996 a proposed bill was introduced to the Broward County Legislative Delegation requesting to annex all the unincorporated area between Griffin Road to the north, Sheridan Street to the South, Flamingo Road to the east and SR 27 to the west, which is now known today as Southwest Ranches.

Hundreds of citizens from the Southwest Ranches area, called for the right to form their own city. As a result of this grassroots effort, the State Legislature passed a bill in the 1997 session calling for a vote of the citizens of Southwest Ranches in March of 2000.

On July 3, 1999, many of the Southwest Ranches Homeowners Associations sponsored a parade and picnic to declare the area’s independence. Many local, state and federal representatives spoke at the event which was a huge success!


As of 2010, there were 2,389 households in Southwest Ranches. As of 2000, before annexation to Southwest Ranches, the Country Estates neighborhood had speakers of English as a first language accounted for 78.46% of all residents, while Spanish as a mother tongue made up 21.53% of the population, (more than 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide).


Public Elementary Schools

Hawke’s Bluff Elementary School.

Public Middle Schools

Silver Trail Middle School.

Public High Schools

West Broward High Shool.

Archbishop Edward Mccarthy High School

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Updated: 19th November, 2018 12:40 AM.