Deerfield Beach is a coastal resort town in Broward County, Florida, USA, and is part of the Miami metropolitan area.
This resort community is located in northeastern Broward County and directly borders Palm Beach County to the north. On the east side, Deerfield Beach is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other sides, it is adjacent to various settlements, from Boca Raton to Hillsborough Beach. The total area of Deerfield Beach is 42.1 km², including 3 km² (7.1%) of water spaces.
According to the Köppen classification, the Deerfield Beach climate is of the monsoon type, characterized by hot summers, frequent thunderstorms, and mild winters (air temperatures below 0°C occur only from late November to early March). The warmest month of the year is July, when the average temperature reaches 33.3°C.
In 1890, a settlement called Hillsborough was established on the site of the future city. It initially attracted pineapple, tomato, bean and squash farmers. By 1898, the population of Hillsborough was 20 people, and already on June 22 of the same year, a post office was established in this settlement. Subsequently, to reflect the large presence of deer in the region, the settlement was renamed Deerfield.
In 1910, Deerfield already had a few shops, two hotels, and a narrow, muddy main street. In 1925, the settlement became the town of Deerfield with “borough” status. In the same year, the first public library was opened here. In 1926 a rail line was built to Deerfield and a railway station was opened.
In 1939, the town’s name was changed to Deerfield Beach to emphasize the presence of the beach and attract tourists. In 1945, Deerfield Beach became a city. Despite its agricultural roots, until the late 1940s, the city underwent significant changes, becoming a popular resort destination, which led to an increase in the economy and population. In 1970, the first high school was opened here, where by 2015 about 2,400 children were studying. The city hosted a women’s tennis tournament between 1980 and 1985.