Estimated Population in 2010: 1,748,066
1,323 Square Miles
Median Income per Household: $41,691
County Seat: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Broward County was founded in 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. It was originally intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to be named after Broward. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create Broward County. At its inception Broward County was considered a leader in agricultural products and services within the State of Florida, but the massive post-World War II build-up of South Florida transformed the region. It was one of the counties at the center of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election recount controversy.