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.
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 (13.01%), sales jobs (12.49%), and office and administrative support (10.79%).
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.
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.
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 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 German, 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.