Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2024

fort-lauderdale,FloridaIn the heart of Florida's Gold Coast, Fort Lauderdale is Hollywood's neighbor to the north, offering visitors a diverse range of attractions, restaurants, and activities. The "Venice of America" moniker denotes the extensive canal system that gives boat owners access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean. In addition to being a popular tourist destination, the city is a busy commercial center with a strong economy and a significant residential population.

Statistics for Fort Lauderdale's population:

The estimated population of Fort Lauderdale in 2020 will be 189,778.

Statistics for the size of Fort Lauderdale:

116.8 square miles (land) and 2.7 square miles (water) make up the city's total area.

In 1893, a southern Florida land boom gave rise to the city of Fort Lauderdale, which was incorporated. The forerunner of the city was a camp set up on the New River in 1838 by Major William Lauderdale, whose detachment of soldiers was sent to capture and expel the area's Seminole population. A significant tourist destination, Port Everglades, which the army corps of engineers deepened and dredged the New River to make room for, opened in 1928. When the best swimming and diving sites on the Florida coast were advertised, the city saw its first significant population explosion in the 1920s, and it has grown steadily since then.

In Fort Lauderdale, you'll find:

canal-laced neighborhoods of expensive homes

the Intracoastal Waterway

the world-famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

Beach place names like "The Strip" on Hollywood Beach

inland Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

arts and culture at the Bonnet House Museum, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and Parker Playhouse

A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, two shopping destinations

Himmarshee District nightlife

A unique "sawgrass" park, The Everglades

Each year, Fort Lauderdale hosts the Tortuga Music Festival and the annual Twin Rivers Championships Surfing Competition. The annual Las Olas Art Fair, which has been rated as one of the top 200 art festivals in the country, takes place in October. The annual Taste of Las Olas, held in April, showcases neighborhood dining. The largest boat show in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, draws thousands of people who want to see the latest in boats and yachts.

Cuisine in Fort Lauderdale

Besides local seafood, dining options include sushi, Brazilian-style churrascaria, and Italian.

Hollywood frequently uses the beach for filming, including the hit 1970s detective show "Miami Vice" and the teen spy comedy "Spy Kids" (1996). In the 1986 film "Flash Gordon," the city's marina served as Ming the Merciless's palace.

Population-attributed statisticsFort Lauderdale's population is 59% white, 35% Hispanic, 26% black, 2% Asian, and 2% other.


114 years is the average age.

80,000 residents make up the workforce, and 175,000 jobs are held by residents.


OWNERS: 68% of homes are occupied, and 52% of households are family dwellings.

23% of homes have children under 18. 38% of households have a female householder with no spouse present.39% of residents speak a language other than English at home.