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Fort Lauderdale

  •   State: 
    Broward County
    Fort Lauderdale
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    26°8′N 80°9′W′
      Area total: 
    36.30 sq mi
      Area land: 
    34.59 sq mi
      Area water: 
    1.71 sq mi
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,284.07 persons per square mile
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Built in 1838 and first incorporated in 1911, Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The city is a popular tourist destination with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Fort Lauderdale has 165-miles of inland waterways across the city. With over 50,000 registered yachts and 100 marinas, the city is also known as the yachting capital of the world. Each year nearly 4 million cruise passengers pass through its Port Everglades, making it the third largest cruise port in the world; it hosted more than 13 million overnight visitors in 2018. In July 1935, an African-American man named Rubin Stacy was accused of robbing a white woman at knife point. A group of 100 white men proceeded to hang Stacy from a tree near the scene of his alleged robbery. The 1926 Hurricane Miami and the Great Depression caused a land boom in the Florida land boom of the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1930s, a group of Jewish men were run off the road by a mob when police were transporting them to a jail when they were accused of murdering a Jewish man. The group was subsequently used by the U.S. press to discredit its own Jews, and to discredit the Jews of Miami, which had its own persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. The first United States stockade named Fort Lauderdale was built in1838, and subsequently was a site of fighting during the second Seminole war. The fort was abandoned in 1842, after the end of the war.


The area in which the city of Fort Lauderdale would later be founded was inhabited for more than two thousand years by the Tequesta Indians. In the 1830s, there were approximately 70 settlers living along the New River. The first United States stockade named Fort Lauderdale was built in 1838, and subsequently was a site of fighting during the Second Seminole War. The city was incorporated in 1911, and in 1915, was designated the county seat of newly formed Broward County.Until July 1961, only whites were allowed on Ft. Lauderdale beaches. In 1962, a verdict by Ted Cabot went against the city's policy of racial segregation of public beaches. Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting center, one of the nation's largest tourist destinations, and the center of a metropolitan division with 1.8 million people. The 1960 census counted 83,648 people in the city, about 230% of the 1950 census figure. After the 1970 population boom, Fort Lauderdale became essentially built out, with the area shifted to the west. A slight rebound in the population in 1990 brought the population back to 152,397, at the 2000 census. The 2000 census counted 153,279 people, and when the city had almost 4,000 people between 1980, and 1990, the population was 149,377 people, when the population actually shrank by almost 3,000. The population of the city was approximately 85,590 people in 1970, and was 139,590 in 1990, when it was 153,377.


The city of Fort Lauderdale has a total area of 38.6 square miles (99.9 km²) The city is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, includes 7 miles (11 km) of beaches, and borders the following municipalities: on its east: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, and Victoria Park. On its west: Davie, Hollywood, Dania Beach, North Lauderdale, and Oakland Park. The northwestern section of the city is separate from the rest of city, connected only by the Cypress Creek Canal as it flows under I-95. The city has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen Af), landing just above a tropical monsoon climate in terms of precipitation. The wet season runs from May through October, and weather is typically hot, humid, and wet with average high temperatures of 8690 °F (3032 °C) and lows of 7378 °C. The dry season often arrives some time in November, and lasts through early to mid April. The hurricane season is between June 1 and November 30, with most likely to affect the city in September and October. The most recent storms to directly affect the state were Hurricane Irma in 2017, which in addition to Hurricane Wilma, both Hurricane Katrina and Wilma both made landfall in the city. In recent years, thousands of tires have washed up on nearby beaches, especially during hurricanes. Local authorities are now working to remove the 700,000 tires, in cooperation with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Coast Guard.


As of the 2020 United States census, there were 182,760 people, 76,348 households, and 37,859 families residing in the city. As of 2010, those of (non-Hispanic white) European ancestry accounted for 52.5% of Fort Lauderdale's population. In 2010, the city population was spread out, with 17.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 30.6%, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. In 2000, Fort Lauderdale had the twenty-sixth highest percentage of Haitian residents in the US at 6.9%. As of 2000, 75.63% of the population spoke only English at home, while 24.37% spoke other first languages (mostly Spanish, French, and Creole) Like South Florida in general,Fort Lauderdale has many residents who can speak other languages, although its proportion is lower than the average county of South Florida. The median income for a household in Fort Lauderdale was $49,818, and the median income. for a family was $59,238. The per capita income for the city was $35,828. About 13.1%. of families and 18.2% of those aged 65 or over were below the poverty line, including 30.3%. of those under age 18. Of foreign-born residents, 69.6.% were born in North America, with smaller percentages from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.


Fort Lauderdale is a major manufacturing and maintenance center for yachts. The boating industry is responsible for over 109,000 jobs in the county. With its many canals, and proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean, it is also a popular yachting vacation stop, and home port for 42,000 boats. Fort Lauderdale was recently listed as 2017's third best city out of 150 U.S. cities by WalletHub for summer jobs, and the 24th best city to start a career in. The city's central business district is the largest downtown in Broward County, although there are other cities with commercial centers. The largest employers in the city are Tenet Healthcare, which employs 5,000 people; American Express, which employing 4,200; FirstService Residential,. which employs 3,900; Motorola, which employment 3,000; and Maxim Integrated Products, which. employs 2,000.Gulfstream International Airlines, a commuter airline, is headquartered in nearby Dania Beach, Florida. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world's largest boat show, brings over 125,000People to the city each year. It is also home to approximately 100 marinas and boatyards, and approximately 100 boatyards in the Fort Lauderdale area. It was recently named 2017's 3rd best city in the United States to live and work in, according to WalletHub's latest survey of more than 1,000 cities. It has a population of 1.2 million.

Arts and culture

Fort Lauderdale's arts and entertainment district, otherwise known as the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, runs eastwest along Las Olas Boulevard, from the beach to the heart of downtown. The city is known for its beaches, bars, nightclubs, and history as a spring break location, back in the 1960s and 1970s, for tens of thousands of college students. Since the 1990s, Fort Lauderdale has increasingly catered to those seeking the resort lifestyle seasonally or year-round, and is often a host city to many professional venues, concerts, and art shows. In 2013, the county welcomed about 1.3 million LGBT travelers who spent about $1.5 billion in area restaurants, hotels, attractions, and shops. Some of the remaining historical structures in Fort Lauderdale are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has been presented annually since 1986. The only tunnel on a state road in the state of Florida was constructed in 1960, and its 864-foot (263 m) length travels underneath the New River and Las Ola Boulevard. Fort Lauderdale is home to the world's largest drive-in movie theater, with 13 screens, and an African-American cemetery, which was added to the National register of historic places in 2017; Calvary Chapel, an evangelical megachurch, and the annual International Boat Show, where almost 500 yachts and mega-yachts are on display on the water. The Bonnet House is a historic home, and declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2002. Henry E. Kinney Tunnel on U.S. Route 1 is the only tunnel in Florida.


Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale was the home of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which played in the most recent incarnation of the North American Soccer League. The Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer played home games at this stadium from 1998 to 2001. The New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Royals used to conduct spring training in the city at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. The War Memorial Auditorium has hosted professional wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts shows since its opening in 1950. In 2019, the Florida Panthers signed a 50-year lease with the venue, with plans to renovate it and add hockey facilities.DRV PNK Stadium was opened in 2020 as the home to Inter Miami CF II (then Fort Lauderdale CF) which played. from 2020 to 2021 and plays in MLS Next Pro from 2022. It is the temporary home of 2020 MLS expansion team Inter MiamiCF, until the completion of Miami Freedom Park in Miami. The stadium is also home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Ten world records have been set there, from Catie Ball's 100 m breaststroke in 1966, to Michael Phelps' 400 m individual medley in 2002. The complex is open to Fort Lauderdale residents, and has also been used in many different national and international competitions since it opened in 1965. It contains two 25-yard (23 m) by 50-meter competition pools, as well as one 20 by 25-yards (23m) diving well. The Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex is at the InternationalSwimming Hall Of Fame.


Fort Lauderdale has a Commission-Manager form of government. City policy is set by a city commission of five elected members. In 1998, the municipal code was amended to limit the mayoral term. The mayor of Fort Lauderdale now serves a three-year term, and cannot serve more than three consecutive terms. The current mayor is Dean Trantalis, who succeeded Jack Seiler in 2018. The longest-serving mayor is Jim Naugle, who served from 1991 to 2009. Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255 or visit For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 909090 or  visit the National Suicide Prevention Line on Line. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 800 273 TALK (8255).  For confidential help in the United Kingdom, call the England and Ireland on 0800 913 8255, or visit The University of England and Scotland on 01457 909090.  For information on how to help in your area, visit The Samaritans.


Broward County Public Schools operates 23 public schools in Fort Lauderdale. The 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for Fort Lauderdale's public schools were mixed. None of the three failing schools have failed twice in a four-year period, thus triggering the "Opportunity Scholarship Program" school choice provisions of the Florida's education plan. Ten institutions of higher learning have main or satellite campuses in the city. The Davenport, Iowa-based Kaplan University's Corporate headquarters and an academic support center are in the City. The city's population aged 25 or older is 79.0% high school graduates, slightly below the national figure of 80.4%. 27.9% held at least a baccalaureate, slightly higher than the national figures of 24.4% and 24.7%. The city is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of South Florida, and Fort Lauderdale Community College. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is based in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Lauderdale Lakes. The police department has one of the highest crime rates in the state, with more than 30 arrests per 100,000 residents in 2007. The Feds say the city's crime rate is the highest in the Florida Keys and the Miami-Dade County Sheriff's Office has the second-highest crime rate in Florida, with over 30,000 arrests per year. The mayor of Fort Lauderdale has been in office since 2000, and has been re-elected three times since 2008.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida = 78.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 50. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Fort Lauderdale = 6.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 182,760 individuals with a median age of 42.5 age the population grows by 6.30% in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,284.07 persons per square mile. There are average 2.17 people per household in the 71,743 households with an average household income of $48,729 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.90% of the available work force and has dropped -4.68% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.74%. The number of physicians in Fort Lauderdale per 100,000 population = 232.


The annual rainfall in Fort Lauderdale = 63 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 128. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 246. 90 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 57.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 28, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida which are owned by the occupant = 44.01%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 40 years with median home cost = $244,830 and home appreciation of -15.63%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $14.38 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,702 per student. There are 16.9 students for each teacher in the school, 566 students for each Librarian and 456 students for each Counselor. 6.09% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 17.06% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.12% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Fort Lauderdale's population in Broward County, Florida of 1,876 residents in 1900 has increased 97,42-fold to 182,760 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 47.22% female residents and 52.78% male residents live in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida.

    As of 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida are married and the remaining 56.88% are single population.

  • 25.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Fort Lauderdale require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    74.70% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.39% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 5.25% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.74% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, 44.01% are owner-occupied homes, another 37.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 18.36% are vacant.

  • The 44.35% of the population in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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