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.
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 (13.23%), sales jobs (13.00%), and office and administrative support (10.98%).
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.
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.
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 $39,601, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,404 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 17.75% 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: 23.79%.
The most common language spoken in Fort Lauderdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.