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 178,590 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Lauderdale who work in management occupations (12.80%), sales jobs (12.05%), and office and administrative support (11.39%).

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.

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 citizens of Fort Lauderdale are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.63% of adults in Fort Lauderdale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Lauderdale in 2010 was $36,777, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,108 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 15.97% 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: 23.27%.

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