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Overview

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.

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, Fort Lauderdale is also home to several Fortune 1000 company headquarters. Several more Fortune 1000 company headquarters are located in nearby Miami.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population175,153
Male Share of the Population52.4%
Female Share of the Population47.6%
Senior Citizens16.7%
Employed Population 16+85,491
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married36.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.9%
Median Earnings25+$34,051
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,428
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,022

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,221
% Above Poverty Level80.5%
% Below Poverty Level19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone40.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,135
Median House Value$273,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.4%
West Indian11.3%
German9.4%
Irish8.4%
Italian7.6%
Haitian6.7%
English6%
Jamaican3.5%
Polish2.4%
French Except Basque2%
Scottish1.6%
Russian1.5%
Swedish0.9%
Arab0.8%
African0.8%
Greek0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Brazilian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Bahamian0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Czech0.2%
South African0.2%
British0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
US/American0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
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Fort Lauderdale Almanac

CategoryValue
County Broward County
Standard Zip Codes33301, 33315, 33316, 33394, 33312, 33314, 33321, 33327, 33304, 33317, 33322, 33323, 33324, 33325, 33326, 33328, 33351, 33305, 33306, 33331, 33332, 33334, 33309, 33311, 33313, 33319, 33330, 33308, 33388
P.O. Box Zip Codes33302, 33303, 33310, 33335, 33338, 33339, 33340, 33346, 33348, 33349, 33318, 33320, 33345, 33355, 33359, 33307, 33329
Company Zip Codes33336, 33337
Phone Area Codes305,754,786,954
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.12
Approximate Longitude-80.13

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)

StationFORT LAUDERDALE
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp59 to 76 F
Apr Temp66 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp72 to 86 F
Annual Precip64.1 inches
StationHIALEAH
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp62 to 78 F
Apr Temp70 to 84 F
Jul Temp79 to 92 F
Oct Temp74 to 87 F
Annual Precip66 inches
StationWEST PALM BEACH INTL AP
Distance38.9 miles
Jan Temp57 to 75 F
Apr Temp65 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp71 to 85 F
Annual Precip61.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dania Beach31,046$48,238
Lauderdale Lakes34,321$37,551
Lauderhill70,452$42,870
Oakland Park43,660$48,672
Plantation90,878$79,119
Wilton Manors12,270$71,211

Fort Lauderdale Public Libraries

Broward County Libraries Division
100 S. ANDREWS AVE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(954) 357-7237

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Fort Lauderdale Hospitals

Fort Lauderdale Hospital
(Proprietary)
1601 E Las Olas Blvd
(954) 463-4321
Kindred Hospital-south Florida-ft Lauderdale
(Proprietary)
1516 E Las Olas Blvd
(954) 764-8900
Atlantic Shores Hospital
(Proprietary)
4545 N Federal Hwy
(954) 771-2711
Holy Cross Hospital
(Non-profit)
4725 N Federal Hwy
(954) 771-8000
Broward Health Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
1600 S Andrews Ave
(954) 355-4400
Broward Health Imperial Point
(Government - District/authority)
6401 N Federal Hwy
(954) 776-8500

Fort Lauderdale Public Schools

University Preparatory Academy
401 E Las Olas Blvd
ZIP: 33301
(754) 321-2600
Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School
101 Ne 11th Ave
ZIP: 33301
(754) 322-9050
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Florida Virtual Academy At Broward County
110 Se 6th St 15 Fl, 15th Fl
ZIP: 33301
(386) 898-0677
Other
Total Enrollment 226
Community School North (fort Lauderdale School)
1619 Ne 4th Ave
ZIP: 33304
(754) 321-1325
Other
Ivy Academy Middle
1237 Ne 4 Ave
ZIP: 33304
(954) 731-1119
Bennett Elementary School
1755 Ne 14th St
ZIP: 33304
(754) 322-5450
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Sunrise Middle School
1750 Ne 14th St
ZIP: 33304
(754) 322-4700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1388
Ivy Academy High
1237 Ne 4 Ave
ZIP: 33304
(954) 731-1119
Bayview Elementary School
1175 Middle River Dr
ZIP: 33304
(754) 322-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
North Side Elementary School
120 Ne 11th St
ZIP: 33304
(754) 322-7450
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Castle Annex
1619 Ne 4th Ave
ZIP: 33304
(754) 321-1325
Other
Fort Lauderdale High School
1600 Ne 4th Ave
ZIP: 33305
(754) 322-1100
High
Total Enrollment 2128
Renaissance Charter School At South Miami
6245 N Federal Hwy, 5th Fl
ZIP: 33308
(305) 995-2940
Renaissance Charter School At North Miami
6245 N Federal Hwy, 5th Fl
ZIP: 33308
(305) 995-2940
Dillard Elementary School
2330 Nw 12th Ct
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 814
Dillard 6-12
2501 Nw 11th St
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-0800
Other
Total Enrollment 2078
Lauderdale Manors Elementary
1400 Nw 14th Ct
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-6650
Primary
Broward Detention Center
222 Nw 22nd Ave
ZIP: 33311
(754) 321-7550
Other
Total Enrollment 73
Rock Island Elementary School
2350 Nw 19th St
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Wingate Oaks Center
1211 Nw 33rd Ter
ZIP: 33311
(754) 321-6850
Other
Total Enrollment 111
North Fork Elementary School
101 Nw 15th Ave
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-7350
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Walker Elementary School (magnet)
1001 Nw 4th St
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 685
William Dandy Middle School
2400 Nw 26th St
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-3200
Middle
Total Enrollment 1028
Arthur Robert Ashe Center
1701 Nw 23rd Ave
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-2800
Other
Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Resource Center
1400 Nw 14th Court
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-6650
Other
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
800 Nw 13th St
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Sunland Park Academy
919 Nw 13th Ter
ZIP: 33311
(754) 322-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Stranahan High School
1800 Sw 5th Pl
ZIP: 33312
(754) 323-2100
High
Total Enrollment 1498
Sunset School
3775 Sw 16th St
ZIP: 33312
(754) 321-7450
New River Middle School
3100 Riverland Rd
ZIP: 33312
(754) 323-3600
Middle
Total Enrollment 1449
Westwood Heights Elementary School
2861 Sw 9th St
ZIP: 33312
(754) 323-7900
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Riverland Elementary School
2600 Sw 11th Ct
ZIP: 33312
(754) 323-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Stephen Foster Elementary School
3471 Sw 22nd St
ZIP: 33312
(754) 323-5750
Primary
Total Enrollment 662
Community School North
1300 Sw 32nd Ct
ZIP: 33315
(754) 321-7606
Other
Community School South
1300 Sw 32nd Ct
ZIP: 33315
(754) 321-5146
Other
Whiddon Rodgers Education Center
700 Sw 26th St
ZIP: 33315
(754) 321-7550
Other
Total Enrollment 1164
Seagull School
425 Sw 28th St
ZIP: 33315
(754) 321-7300
Other
Total Enrollment 303
Croissant Park Elementary School
1800 Sw 4th Ave
ZIP: 33315
(754) 323-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
South Florida International Charter
1225 Se Second Ave
ZIP: 33316
(561) 649-6833
Harbordale Elementary School
900 Se 15th St
ZIP: 33316
(754) 323-6050
Primary
Total Enrollment 448
Charter School Of Excellence
1217 Se 3rd Ave
ZIP: 33316
(954) 522-2997
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Meadowbrook Elementary School
2300 Sw 46th Ave
ZIP: 33317
(754) 323-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 756
Pine Ridge Alternative Center
1251 Sw 42nd Ave
ZIP: 33317
(754) 321-7250
Other
Total Enrollment 46
Floranada Elementary School
5251 Ne 14th Way
ZIP: 33334
(754) 322-6350
Primary
Total Enrollment 755

Fort Lauderdale Private Schools

Happyland Day School
451 Tarpon Dr
ZIP: 33301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
St Anthony School
820 Ne 3rd St
ZIP: 33301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 364
Cardinal Gibbons High School
2900 Ne 47th St
ZIP: 33308
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1128
Shepherd Of The Coast Lutheran School
1901 E Commercial Blvd
ZIP: 33308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
Christ Church School
4845 Ne 25th Ave
ZIP: 33308
Elementary
Total Enrollment 175
Redeeming Word Christian Academy
2800 W Prospect Rd
ZIP: 33309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 61
Fort Lauderdale Christian School
6330 Nw 31st Ave
ZIP: 33309
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Calvary Christian Academy
2401 W Cypress Creek Rd
ZIP: 33309
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1543
Gateway Christian Academy
2130 Nw 26th St
ZIP: 33311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Fort Lauderdale Preparatory School
3275 W Oakland Park Blvd
ZIP: 33311
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 194
Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist School
3013 Nw 11th St
ZIP: 33311
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 80
School Of Excellence
1144 Nw 31st Ave
ZIP: 33311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Almarie Christian Academy
2540 Nw 21st St
ZIP: 33311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Holy Temple Christian Academy
1800 Nw 9th Ave
ZIP: 33311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 77
St Thomas Aquinas High School
2801 Sw 12th St
ZIP: 33312
Secondary
Total Enrollment 2190
High Expectations Education Center
3601davie Blvd
ZIP: 33312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Independence High School
2785 Sw 11 Court
ZIP: 33312
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
New Hope Sda School
545 E Campus Cir
ZIP: 33312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
Faith Lutheran School
1161 Sw 30th Ave
ZIP: 33312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs School
2785 Happy Hoyer St
ZIP: 33312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
Brauser Maimonides Academy
5300 Sw 40th Ave
ZIP: 33314
Elementary
Total Enrollment 270
St Jerome Catholic School
2601 Sw 9th Ave
ZIP: 33315
Elementary
Total Enrollment 299
Trinity Lutheran School
11 Sw 11th St
ZIP: 33315
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Bethany Christian School
880 S Federal Hwy
ZIP: 33316
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
Pine Crest School
1501 Ne 62nd St
ZIP: 33334
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 2550
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