Introduction to Broward County Broward County is well known for its brilliant sunshine in the winter, and ocean breezes in the summer, but it is also a vibrant, diverse destination for many growing businesses, corporations and others who seek the unique South Florida lifestyle. Currently, the County consists of thirty-one (31) unique municipalities, from the bustling urban center of the City of Fort Lauderdale, to the tranquil rural lifestyle found in the Town of Southwest Ranches. The diversity of lifestyles and tremendous population growth has positioned Broward County to become the second most populated county in the State of Florida. Broward County is an urbanized county located in southeast Florida. It is bounded by Palm Beach County to the north, Miami-Dade County to the south, Hendry and Collier Counties to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The County population has increased steadily from 5,135 in 1920 to more than 1.7 million in 2011. This dramatic increase has made Broward County the 15th largest County (in terms of population) in the United States and the second largest in the State of Florida, just behind Miami-Dade. Broward County is part of the Miami Metropolitan Area.