Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Introduction to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a city located on the coast in southeast Florida. Fort Lauderdale is located a half an hour north of Miami. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area which the U.S. Census bureau estimates has a population in excess of 5.4 million people.

Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive canal system. The economy of Fort Lauderdale relies heavily on tourism. Even with its heavy reliance on tourism, as of 2006, Fort Lauderdale is also home to three Fortune 1000 company headquarters. Several more Fortune 1000 company headquarters are located in nearby Miami.

Fort Lauderdale is ranked as the 48th "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. Fort Lauderdale was also a National Civic League "All-America City" award finalist.

Fort Lauderdale has a hot, sub-tropical climate. Average daily temperature ranges from a low of 76 in January to a high of 90 in July and August. Fort Lauderdale occasionally experiences brief periods of cold during the winter, but otherwise is warm or hot.

Fort Lauderdale History

Fort Lauderdale was originally settled by Seminole Indians. New River Fort was built on the site of the current city in 1838 during the the Second Seminole War. The first trading post was established in 1893 in a house that also served as the first post office, bank and town hall. Fort Lauderdale was officially incorporated as a town in 1911.

Fort Lauderdale Arts and Culture

Fort Lauderdale has easy access to all of the cultural attractions of nearby Miami. In addition, Fort Lauderdale has cultural attractions of its own, including the following museums:

  • The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in nearby Danea Beach
  • The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
  • The International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic Complex
  • The Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Discovery and Science/Blockbuster IMAX Theater
  • The Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum

For patrons of the performing arts, Fort Lauderdale offers the following:

  • The Bailey Concert Hall in nearby Davie
  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Fort Lauderdale Sports and Leisure

Most of the major professional sports teams available to Fort Lauderdale play in nearby Miami. Fort Lauderdale residents have easy access to the the following major sports teams:

  • Baseball - The Major League Baseball (MLB) Florida Marlins. For individuals who like Minor League Baseball (MiLB) action, the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals play an hour north in Jupiter, Florida. The Hammerheads are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Florida Marlins, and the Cardinals are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Basketball - The National Basketball League (NBA) Miami Heat.
  • Football - The National Football League (NFL) Miami Dolphins.
  • Hockey - The National Hockey League (NHL) Florida Panthers play in nearby Sunrise.
  • Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL) USL First Division Miami FC.

Nearby, Miami also plays host to the NCAA College Bowl game, the Orange Bowl.

Fort Lauderdale is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame as well as the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

With such a warm climate, Fort Lauderdale is home to many outdoor activities. It is a yachting and fishing resort, and has long been a favorite spot for college students during spring break. Fort Lauderdale is also home to the world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach which offers many opportunities for recreation and relaxation

Fort Lauderdale "Must See" Attractions

Fort Lauderdale has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Fort Lauderdale's more unique attractions include:

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in nearby Danea Beach
  • The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
  • The International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum and Aquatic Complex
  • The Riverwalk

Fort Lauderdale at Night

Fort Lauderdale's beach front is home to upscale shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. Good guides to local attractions, events, nightclubs, and restaurants include the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Friday Broward edition of the Miami Herald, City Link - a youth culture magazine, and the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

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High Points

Fort Lauderdale strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Fort Lauderdale Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Fort Lauderdale Well-Paid Single Men
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 17% Fort Lauderdale Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 18% Fort Lauderdale Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Comparing Fort Lauderdale to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 10 6
Senior Citizens 10 4
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Racial Diversity 7 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 4
Female Share of the Population 1 1

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 1 3

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 7 8
Median Family Income 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 5
People Above Poverty 4 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Public Transportation Use 7 10
Short Commute Times 5 6

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 10
Affordability of Rents 5 5
Housing Recently Built 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 4 3
Low Violent Crime 3 4

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Fort Lauderdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Broward
Standard Zip Codes 33301, 33304, 33305, 33306, 33308, 33309, 33311, 33312, 33313, 33314, 33315, 33316, 33317, 33319, 33321, 33322, 33323, 33324, 33325, 33326, 33327, 33328, 33330, 33331, 33332, 33334, 33351, 33388, 33394
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33302, 33303, 33307, 33310, 33318, 33320, 33329, 33335, 33338, 33339, 33340, 33345, 33346, 33348, 33349, 33355, 33359
Company Zip Codes 33336, 33337
Phone Area Codes 954
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.121
Longitude -80.143

Fort Lauderdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station FORT LAUDERDALE
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station HIALEAH
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches
Station WEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance 38.9 miles
Jan Temp 57 to 75 F
Apr Temp 65 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 71 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.3 inches
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Fort Lauderdale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 152,397 100%
Male 79,826 52.4%
Female 72,571 47.6%
Under 18 29,576 19.4%
18+ 122,821 80.6%
65+ 23,306 15.3%
Median Age 39.3
Average Family Size 2.97
White 97,941 64.3%
African-American 44,010 28.9%
Asian 1,565 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 344 0.2%
Other 2,684 1.8%
Mixed Race 5,779 3.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 14,406 9.5%

Estimated Fort Lauderdale Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 167,380
Growth 14,983
Growth % 9.8%

Fort Lauderdale Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.4%
German 8.3%
Irish 8.2%
Haitian 8.2%
Italian 7.7%
US/American 6.8%
English 6.7%
Polish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 2%
Jamaican 2%
Russian 1.4%
Scottish 1.4%
African 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1%
French Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Brazilian 0.7%
British 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
European 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
British West Indian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fort Lauderdale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bonaventure (33326)
Broward Mall (33388)
City of Sunrise (33313)
Dania (33312)
Financial Plaza (33394)
Inverrary (33319)
Laud By Sea (33308)
Laud Lakes (33309, 33311, 33313, 33319, 33330)
Lauder Hill (33319, 33321)
Lauderdale by the Sea (33308)
Lauderdale Isles (33312)
Melrose Vista (33312)
One Financial Plaza (33394)
Port Everglades (33316)
Southwest Ranches (33330, 33331, 33332)
Westside Branch (33325, 33330, 33355)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fort Lauderdale 152,397 $46,175
Dania Beach 20,061 $37,405
Lauderdale Lakes 31,705 $32,641
Lauderhill 57,585 $36,723
Oakland Park 30,966 $38,571
Plantation 82,934 $65,029
Wilton Manors 12,697 $43,346

Fort Lauderdale Public Libraries

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Broward County Libraries Division
100 S. ANDREWS AVE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(954) 357-7376
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Fort Lauderdale Hospitals

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4725 N FEDERAL HWY
(954) 771-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

IMPERIAL POINT MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
6401 NORTH FEDERAL HIGHWAY
(954) 776-8500
Emergency Service: Yes

BROWARD GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1600 S ANDREWS AVE
(954) 355-4400
Emergency Service: Yes

NORTH RIDGE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
5757 N DIXIE HWY
(954) 776-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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2519 Sunrise Blvd.
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3030 Holiday Dr
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STRANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL
1800 SW 5TH PL
954-765-6831
Serves 2,240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

DILLARD HIGH SCHOOL
2501 NW 11TH STREET
954-797-4800
Serves 2,175 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

FORT LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
1600 NE 4TH AVENUE
954-765-6921
Serves 1,793 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

WHIDDON RODGERS EDUCATION CENTER
700 SW 26TH STREET
954-765-6896
A Non-traditional School
Serves 874 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

SEAGULL SCHOOL
425 SW 28TH STREET
954-765-6015
A Special Education School
Serves 592 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

COLLEGE ACADEMY AT BCC
3501 SW DAVIE ROAD
954-577-7840
Serves 309 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

SUNSET SCHOOL
3775 SW 16TH STREET
954-797-8750
A Special Education School
Serves 230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

PINE RIDGE ALTERNATIVE CENTER
1251 SW 42ND AVENUE
954-797-4525
A Non-traditional School
Serves 159 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

BROWARD DETENTION CENTER
222 NW 22ND AVENUE
954-467-4566
Serves 116 students.

WINGATE OAKS CENTER
1211 NW 33RD TERRACE
954-797-4260
A Special Education School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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3220 SW 4 AVENUE
954-764-2733
Serves 77 students.

BROWARD VIRTUAL EDUCATION
600 SE 3RD AVENUE
754-321-2600
Serves 2 students.

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Fort Lauderdale Strengths

Take the Water Taxi
On Nov 10, 2006

One of the neatest things to do was take a ride on a water taxi. I didn't rent a car and used it to go all over Fort Lauderdale. Crew were very friendly and gave me lots of ideas on things to do.

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I love Ft. Lauderdale
On Oct 28, 2006

Well, since I was born and raised here (and lived in Philadelphia for ten years), I can say with the economy, sunshine, activities, religious, political, and moral diversity, this is the hub of the Carribean and I love being from here! DR, Fort Lauderdale

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