Living in Broward County
Florida’s second-largest county by population, Broward fills the gap between Miami and Palm Beach. Its developed portion leans almost entirely suburban, with the remaining majority of its land mass within the Everglades. The county’s namesake, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, spent much of his gubernatorial term lobbying to reclaim the region’s wetlands for agriculture and development, finding a key ally in Teddy Roosevelt. The resulting land boom transformed Fort Lauderdale, the country seat, into a bustling resort town—a ring of suburbs incorporated soon thereafter. Today’s Broward boasts the obligatory beaches, vibrant shopping districts, a litany of cultural attractions, along with the weather to enjoy them year-round. While it’s considered part of the greater Miami metro, the area boasts a diverse economy all its own. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has some 700 daily flights, and Port Everglades is one of the country’s busiest. Tri-Rail and Brightline offer commuters an alternative to the highway, linking population centers from Miami to Palm Beach.