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Fort Lauderdale SkylineFort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the county seat of Broward County. According to 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city had a population of 183,606. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to over 5,413,212 people.

The city is a popular tourist destination, with 10.35 million visitors in 2006. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the "Venice of America" because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards in 2006. The city sits 23 miles north of Miami, Florida. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area host over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs in 2006.

Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" were constructed; the first was at the fork of the New River, the second at Tarpon Bend, in what is now known as the Sailboat Bend neighborhood, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.

Fort Lauderdale Climate
Despite the fact that it is both far removed from the equator and located just outside the tropics, Fort Lauderdale features a tropical rainforest climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. Typically, tropical rainforest climates are found near the equator, but Fort Lauderdale is an exceptional case. Average monthly temperatures are always above 18.0 °C (64.4 °F) and average monthly precipitation is above 60 millimetres (2.36 in). This qualifies the city's climate as a tropical rainforest climate, as the city does not have a true dry season. While significant rain does fall in winter, the majority of precipitation is received during the summer months.

Fort Lauderdale Economy
Fort Lauderdale's economy is heavily reliant on tourism. From the 1940s through the 1980s, the city was known as a spring break destination for college students. Cruise ships and nautical recreation provide the basis for much of the revenue raised by tourism. Fort Lauderdale now attracts a more sophisticated and affluent tourist, while largely ignoring the dwindling college crowd. There is a convention center located west of the beach and southeast of downtown, with 600,000 square feet of space, including a 200,000-square-foot main exhibit hall. Approximately 30% of the city's 10 million annual visitors attend conventions at the center.

The downtown area, especially around Las Olas Boulevard, has seen development in the past decade, and now hosts many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments. The downtown area is the largest in Broward County, although there are other cities in the county with commercial centers. Office buildings and highrises include Las Olas River House, Las Olas Grand, 110 Tower (formerly AutoNation Tower), Bank of America Plaza, One Financial Plaza, Broward Financial Center, Barnett Bank Plaza, New River Center, One Corporate Center, SunTrust Centre, 101 Tower, and SouthTrust Tower.

The Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area foreclosures increased 127.4% from 2006 to 2007, or one filing per 48 households in the quarter. Fort Lauderdale ranks fourth in the list of top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by foreclosure filings per household for the third quarter of 2007.

Fort Lauderdale is a major manufacturing and maintenance center for yachts. The boating industry is responsible for over 109,000 jobs in the county. With its many canals, and proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean, it is also a popular yachting vacation stop, and home port for 42,000 boats, and approximately 100 marinas and boatyards. Additionally, the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world's third largest boat show, brings over 125,000 people to the city each year.

Companies based in the Fort Lauderdale area include AutoNation, Citrix Systems, DHL Express, Spirit Airlines, and National Beverage Corporation. The largest employers in the county are Tenet Healthcare, which employs 5,000 people; American Express, which employs 4,200; The Continental Group, which employs 3,900; Motorola, which employs 3,000, and Maxim Integrated Products, which employs 2,000.

Fort Lauderdale Education
According to 2000 census data, 79.0% of the city's population aged 25 or older were high school graduates, slightly below the national figure of 80.4%. 27.9% held at least a baccalaureate, slightly higher than the national figure of 24.4%. Broward County Public Schools operates 23 public schools in Fort Lauderdale. 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for Fort Lauderdale's public schools were mixed; while ten (of sixteen) elementary schools and one (of four) middle schools received "A" or "B" grades, Sunland Park Elementary School and Arthur Ashe Middle School received failing grades. Boyd Anderson High School, which is located in Lauderdale Lakes but whose attendance zone includes part of Fort Lauderdale, also received a failing grade. None of the three failing schools have failed twice in a four-year period, thus triggering the "Opportunity Scholarship Program" school choice provisions of the Florida's education plan.

Fort Lauderdale Lifestyle
As is true of many parts of Florida, the city's population has a strong seasonal variation, as snowbirds from the north spend the winter and early spring in Florida. The city is also sometimes referred to as "Fort Liquordale" because of its beaches, bars, nightclubs, and history as a spring break location for tens of thousands of college students. However, the city has actively discouraged college students from visiting the area since the mid-1980s, passing strict laws aimed at preventing the mayhem that regularly occurred each year. The city had an estimated 350,000 college visitors for spring break 1985; by 2006, that number had declined to about 10,000. In recent years (Starting around the 1980's) The city has become known for having a large gay community and being a popular vacation spot for gay and lesbian tourists.


Fort Lauderdale FL Area Information

Fort Lauderdale FL Community Characteristics and Facts
  • Total Crime Risk: 240.0 (100 = National Average)
  • Population: 142,522
  • Population Growth Since 2000: -6.48%
  • Annual Max Avg. Temperature: 83 F
  • Annual Min Avg. Temperature: 67 F
  • Male Median Age: 39.4 years
  • Female Median Age: 41.3 years
  • Median Household Income: $49,914
  • Highest Education Level Attained: High School 26.68%, Bachelors 18.06%, Grad School 10.75%

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2010 Population Growth and Population Statistics Fort Lauderdale, FL Florida
Total Population 142,522 18,600,881
Square Miles 32.07 53,926.82
Population Density 4,444.50 344.90
Population Change Since 1990 -4.75% 43.75%
Population Change Since 2000 -6.48% 16.38%
Forecasted Population Change by 2014 -4.40% 3.62%
Population Male 74,418 52.22% 9,136,479 49.12%
Population Female 68,104 47.78% 9,464,402 50.88%
Median Age 40.20 39.80

Fort Lauderdale FL Population Growth and Population Statistics


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2010 Weather Summary Fort Lauderdale, FL Florida
Weather Index 192 181
Annual Maximum Avg. Temperature 83.0 °F 81.0 °F
Annual Minimum Avg. Temperature 67.0 °F 61.0 °F
Annual Avg. Temperature 74.7 °F 70.9 °F
Annual Heating Degree Days (Tot Degrees < 65) 323 996
Annual Cooling Degree Days (Tot Degrees > 65) 3,891 3,170
Percent of Possible Sunshine 66 64
Mean Sky Cover (Sunrise to Sunset - Out of 10) 6 6
Mean Number of Days Clear (Out of 365 Days) 75 97
Mean Number of Days Rain (Out of 365 Days) 133 115
Mean Number of Days Snow (Out of 365 Days) 0 0
Avg. Annual Precipitation (Total Inches) 61.00" 55.00"
Avg. Annual Snowfall (Total Inches) 0.00" 0.00"

Fort Lauderdale FL Weather, Forecast, Temperature and Precipitation


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Fort Lauderdale Population by Age Graph

Fort Lauderdale FL Population by Age


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