Southwest Ranches location: in southeastern Florida about 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale. It is only about fifteen minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Other nearby communities include Sunshine Acres, Davie, Sunshine Ranches and Cooper City.
History & History Related Items
Southwest Ranches history:
When Pembroke Pines attempted to annex the area in the fall of 1996, the residents here desired to preserve their rural life. Eventually, a vote was taken in March, 2000 when area voters chose from three plans - annex to Pembroke Pines, annex to Davie or become a new city. Area residents didn't wait for the vote to begin plans for a new town. They had a contest in October 1999 to name the new town and the winner over 122 different names was Southwest Ranches. The Southwest Ranches Homeowners Association voted to begin the incorporation process early and the legislature approved the bill to allow this. Finally on 14 March, 2000, the vote was taken and the residents declared they wanted a new town, Southwest Ranches. By July, 2000, most problems were ironed out and the new council was elected.
The population of Southwest Ranches is approximately 7,203 (2000).
The amount of land area in Southwest Ranches is 13 sq. miles.
The distance from Southwest Ranches to Washington DC is 907 miles. The distance to the Florida state capital is 390 miles. (as the crow flies)
Southwest Ranches is positioned 26.06 degrees north of the equator and 80.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Southwest Ranches attractions:
Southwest Ranches is a unique community that is mostly residential. There is a little agriculture and a little commercial development. The lot sizes in the town are 1 acre. Most of the area is made up of homes with families, small farms and equestrian ranches