Fort Lauderdale is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 182,437 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Lauderdale is the eighth largest community in Florida.
Housing costs in Fort Lauderdale are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Lauderdale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Lauderdale is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Lauderdale who work in management occupations (13.10%), sales jobs (12.96%), and office and administrative support (10.26%).
Another interesting thing about Fort Lauderdale, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Fort Lauderdale is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Fort Lauderdale is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Fort Lauderdale, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of Fort Lauderdale is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.97% of adults in Fort Lauderdale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Lauderdale in 2018 was $43,274, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,096 for a family of four. However, Fort Lauderdale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fort Lauderdale is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Lauderdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Lauderdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Lauderdale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lauderdale include Irish, German, Italian, Haitian, and English.
In addition, Fort Lauderdale has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.73%).
The most common language spoken in Fort Lauderdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.