Fort Lauderdale, FL
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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 180,072 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.

Fort Lauderdale is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.23%), sales jobs (13.00%), and office and administrative support (10.98%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Fort Lauderdale is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fort Lauderdale area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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: 34.92% of adults in Fort Lauderdale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Lauderdale in 2010 was $39,601, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,404 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 17.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lauderdale include German, Irish, Italian, Haitian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Fort Lauderdale's cultural character, accounting for 23.79% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Fort Lauderdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.