Deerfield Beach, Florida
|City of Deerfield Beach|
|Incorporated||June 11, 1925|
|• Mayor||Jean Robb|
|• City||16.3 sq mi (42.1 km2)|
|• Land||15.1 sq mi (39.1 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2) 7.12%|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||4,972/sq mi (1,919.8/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||754, 954|
|GNIS feature ID||0281460|
Deerfield Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, USA. The city is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 75,018. It is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.
Deerfield Beach's history dates back to 1890 when a small settlement named Hillsborough was developed along the Hillsboro River. As the population grew to 20 by 1898, the settlement was now served by its own post office and the town was named Deerfield for the deer that grazed along the Hillsboro River.
By the early twentieth century, as the town's population continued to grow, the Florida East Coast Railroad constructed tracks en route to Miami bisecting Deerfield. Deerfield's early settlers were mostly farmers who grew pineapples, tomatoes, green beans, squash and fished along the Intracoastal Waterway. Through the 1940s, Deerfield remained a largely agricultural based community, but in 1939 the town's name was changed to Deerfield Beach to let tourists know it has a beach.
|Deerfield Beach Demographics|
|2010 Census||Deerfield Beach||Broward County||Florida|
|Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010||+16.2%||+7.7%||+17.6%|
|Population density||4,972.3/sq mi||1,444.9/sq mi||350.6/sq mi|
|White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)||65.8%||63.1%||75.0%|
|(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)||56.0%||43.5%||57.9%|
|Black or African-American||25.6%||26.7%||16.0%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||14.2%||25.1%||22.5%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.2%||0.3%||0.4%|
|Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian||0.0%||0.1%||0.1%|
|Two or more races (Multiracial)||2.7%||2.9%||2.5%|
|Some Other Race||4.2%||3.7%||3.6%|
As of 2010, there were 42,671 households, of which 21.8% were vacant. As of 2000, 16.3% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.9% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.72.
In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.
In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $34,041, and the median income for a family was $44,853. Males had a median income of $35,154 versus $27,451 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,296. About 9.2% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 75.36%, while speakers of Spanish made up 8.70%. Portuguese was spoken by 4.89%, French Creole 3.42%, French 2.16%, Italian 1.51%, and Yiddish comprised 1.17% of the population.
As of 2010, Deerfield Beach also had the 9th highest percentage of Brazilian and Brazilian American population (as a percentage of total population) in the United States at 8.77%,. It also had the proportion of Haitian and Haitian American residents in the United States, at 9.23%.
Geography and weather
Deerfield Beach is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.1 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39.1 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2) is water (7.12%)..
Deerfield Beach has a Tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am), with hot summer days, frequent thunderstorms in the summer, with rain less frequent in the fall, and a threat of a light winter freeze from late November through early March caused by occasional cold fronts from the north, and even then not every year.
During the summer months average temperatures tend to be in the 80's, while during the winter temperatures tend to be in the 60's. July is generally the warmest month of the year with an average maximum temperature of 92 °F (33.3 °C), while the coldest month of the year is February with an average minimum temperature of 58 °F (14.4 °C). The all-time record high is 101 °F (38.3 °C) recorded in 1981, while the all-time record low is 21 °F (−6.1 °C) which was recorded in 1995. The year-round average temperature is 77 °F (25.0 °C).
The annual average precipitation at Deerfield Beach is 57.27 inches (1,455 mm). Summer months tend to be wetter than winter months. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 7.3 inches (190 mm).
Points of interest
There are five public schools located in Deerfield Beach, as well as numerous private institutions. Public schools are administered by the Broward County Public Schools district.
- Deerfield Beach Elementary School
- Deerfield Park Elementary School
- Park Ridge Elementary School
- Quiet Waters Elementary School
- Deerfield Beach Middle School
- Deerfield Beach High School
- Highlands Christian Academy
- Zion Lutheran Christian School
- St. Ambrose Catholic School
There are two locations of the Broward County Library system in Deerfield Beach.
- Century Plaza
- Percy White
In recent years, development near Deerfield's beachfront has been a major source of local controversy. Groups such as "Original Save Our Beach" have actively opposed this development.
Companies based in Deerfield Beach
- Ace Hood, rapper
- Jason Pierre-Paul, NFL player (New York Giants)
- Denard Robinson, NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars)
- Derek Roddy, drummer
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