Florida's Most Diverse Neighborhood

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell

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Florida’s most diverse place isn’t Miami or Tampa or any of those other big cities. It’s a little neighborhood in Pompano Beach called Loch Lomond.

The tiny enclave even makes America’s 100 most racially diverse cities, ranking 65th in the country and the only Florida location on the list.

At the last census count, Loch Lomond had 3,537 people. About 44 percent are white, 30 percent are African American, 14 percent identify as multi-racial and 12 percent are Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American or “other.” About 25 percent are Hispanic.

The young, predominantly single households there speak English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and French.

The tiny area is part of Pompano Beach, a seaside city centrally located between Palm Beach and Miami. It’s known as an excellent launch point for boaters, fishing fans and divers. Anglers and families flock to the 1,000-foot-long city fishing pier and beachside playgrounds.

Pompano is known for its holiday boat parade in December, a seafood festival in April and a fishing rodeo in May.

Check it out at http://mypompanobeach.org/index.html.php.


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