Southwest Ranches is located in Broward County 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale and 12 miles north of Miami/Dade County, Florida. It has an approximate population of 7,345 and covers over 12 square miles of land.
The area is primarily residential, with most lots of 1 acre or more. There are some small farms and equestrian ranches. The town has laws that keep homes from being built on lots of less than 1 acre. They also generally stop streetlights and sidewalks from being built, in order to conserve and keep the town rural. The town’s unofficial motto is “The pavement stops here!”