Joseph La Croix, a developer, had his 320 acres (1.3 km) of land north of Pines Boulevard annexed to the city. In 1977, a maximum security prison known as the Broward Correctional Institution was built in the northwestern part of town. Thousands of southern Miami-Dade County residents moved northward to Broward County, many to Pembroke Pines.The resulting boom ranked the City of Pembroke Pines third in a list of "Fastest Growing Cities" in the United States in 1999.As of 2006, Pembroke Pines had the largest Charter School System in the county.The city is also home to campuses for Broward Community College and Florida International University.The city had a population of 154,750 as of the 2010 census, making it the second-most populous city in Broward County after Fort Lauderdale, and the 11th-most populous in Florida.It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in 2015.In late October Hurricane Wilma's eye passed about 20 miles (32 km) toward the north of the city, which saw the strongest winds its residents had experienced in decades.
Over the past decade as developers expanded Pembroke Pines westward, more hurricanes have affected the city and its residents.The road put through his land came to be known as Pembroke Road. Kipnis) suggested the name Pembroke Pines because of the pine trees growing near Pembroke Road. It was then known as the "Village of Pembroke Pines" and was incorporated into a village in 1959.The first inhabitants of the area were American Indians who first appeared about 4,000 years ago. Builders contested the incorporation, so a legal battle ensued concerning the boundaries of the new municipality.The area of Pembroke Pines west of Flamingo Road is commonly known as West Pines, and consists mostly of subdivisions built since Hurricane Andrew.Broward County Public Schools serves Pembroke Pines.In addition, several charter schools are located in Pembroke Pines, and the City of Pembroke Pines operates its own charter school system.As of 2010, there were 61,703 households, with 7.8% of them being vacant.Pembroke Pines was officially incorporated on January 16, 1960.The city's name, Pembroke Pines, is traced back to Sir Edward Reed, a Member of Britain's Parliament for the County of Pembroke in 1874, who purchased and farmed land in the 1880s which today occupies much of what is now the nearby city of Dania Beach.The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.13. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.In 2000, the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was ,629, and the median income for a family was ,480.