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 178,752 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Lauderdale is the eighth largest community 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 (13.01%), sales jobs (12.49%), and office and administrative support (10.79%).

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.

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 education level of Fort Lauderdale citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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 $38,099, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,396 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 16.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Lauderdale include Irish, Italian, Haitian, and English.

Fort Lauderdale also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.74%.

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