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.
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, 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 that you will notice about Fort Lauderdale is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Fort Lauderdale a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
One of the nice things about Fort Lauderdale is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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: 36.48% 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.
Fort Lauderdale also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.41%.
The most common language spoken in Fort Lauderdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.