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 182,595 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, Fort Lauderdale isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Fort Lauderdale are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Lauderdale is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Lauderdale who work in management occupations (13.40%), sales jobs (13.24%), and office and administrative support (10.17%).
One thing noticeable about Fort Lauderdale, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Fort Lauderdale is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Fort Lauderdale a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Fort Lauderdale use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Fort Lauderdale‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Fort Lauderdale citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.48% of adults in Fort Lauderdale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Lauderdale in 2010 was $41,887, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $167,548 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 18.52% 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 24.41% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Fort Lauderdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.