As of 2006, Pembroke Pines had the largest Charter School System in the county.
The area of Pembroke Pines west of Flamingo Road is commonly known as West Pines, and consists mostly of subdivisions built since Hurricane Andrew.
Broward County Public Schools serves Pembroke Pines.
Most of the city was left without power for days, lights at intersections had been destroyed, a riot at a gas station which led to it being closed, most landscaping was destroyed or damaged beyond repair, and left minor structural damage (mainly roof and screen damage).
In addition, schools remained closed for two weeks.
In addition, several charter schools are located in Pembroke Pines, and the City of Pembroke Pines operates its own charter school system.
As of 2010, there were 61,703 households, with 7.8% of them being vacant.Then in 2004, Hurricane Frances and Jeanne passed to the north (Palm Beach County) but brought tropical storm-force winds and left minor tree and shrub damage. Hurricane Katrina passed directly over the city as a category one storm.In its wake, it left some damage such as downed power lines and trees, especially in the Chapel Trail and Silver Lakes developments.Joseph La Croix, a developer, had his 320 acres (1.3 km) of land north of Pines Boulevard annexed to the city. In 1977, a maximum security prison known as the Broward Correctional Institution was built in the northwestern part of town. Thousands of southern Miami-Dade County residents moved northward to Broward County, many to Pembroke Pines.The resulting boom ranked the City of Pembroke Pines third in a list of "Fastest Growing Cities" in the United States in 1999.The first two subdivisions were called Pembroke Pines. In January 1960, Pembroke Pines held another election, and the village became a city.