Southwest Ranches, FL
Southwest Ranches, located on the eastern edge of the FloridaEverglades, 15 miles (24km) southwest of Fort Lauderdale, is Broward County's 30th incorporated place, having incorporated in the year 2000 to avoid annexation by the city of Pembroke Pines and to preserve its semi-rural lifestyle. Because the area has many horse ranches and is located in the southwestern part of Broward County, residents chose "Southwest Ranches" over many other potential town names. The population as of the 2010 census was 7,345. The town includes the 2000 U.S. Censuscensus-designated places of Country Estates, Green Meadow, Ivanhoe Estates, Rolling Oaks, and Sunshine Ranches. Other areas recently added to the town include Landmark Ranch Estates and Sterling Ranch Estates. To support its rural-equestrian lifestyle, the town has designated and developed dozens of miles of greenways (multi-use trails).