Fast Facts for Fort Lauder-dale, Florida

Fort Lauder-dale is a city in the Florida state of United States on the Atlantic Coast. It is located in the east-central portion of the Bro-ward County, Florida approximately 23 miles north of Miami and 42 miles south of Palm Beach. It is the largest of Bro-ward county’s 30 municipalities and the 7th largest city in Florida. Fort Lauder-dale is nicknamed as ‘Venice of America’ because of its Extensive Canal System.


  • According to the 2010, U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the city was 165,521.
  • Dominant race is Hispanics.


  • The city has a total area of 36.0 square miles.
  • This city is mostly hit by the Tornadoes (last occurred in 1980) and Earthquakes (last occurred in 1992).
  • Rivers and creeks: Tarpon River, New River, Middle River, Osceola Creek.
  • Lakes: Rock Pit Lake, Melva Lake, Cliff Lake, Mayan Lake, Mabel Lake, Sunset Lake, Sylvia Lake.


  • Fort Lauder-dale gets 63 inches of rainfall per year and snowfall is 0 inches.
  • On an average there are 246 sunny days per year in Fort Lauder-dale, Florida.
  • Around 90 degrees is the highest temperature in July and 58 degrees is the lowest temperature in January.

History & Culture

  • Early settlers of the Fort Lauder-dale are Seminole Indians.
  • In 1838, during the second Seminole War, New River Fort was built on the site of the current city.
  • This city was officially incorporated on March 27, 1911.
  • Cultural Festivals and Events: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauder-dale St. Patrick’s day Parade and Festival, Great American Beach Party, Starlight Musicals, David Deal Family-friendly Events, New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown.


  • The employment rate (recent and future job growth) of Fort Lauder-dale city is -0.49% and 30.12.
  • Per capita income of the city is $ 31,182.
  • Cost of living index (March 2012) is 115.4 which is higher than the U.S average (100).
  • Most common industries of Fort Lauder-dale people working in are Accommodation and Food Services, Construction, Professional, Scientific and technical services, Administrative and Support and Waste Management Services, Healthcare, etc.

Famous for

  • Fort Lauder-dale is ranked the 48th “Most Fun U.S. City” in 2003 survey conducted by Cranium Inc. Rankings considered based on the factors include number of sports teams, restaurants, toys stores, dance performances, city’s budget spent on a recreation, and others.
  • This city is home to Port Everglades, the nation’s third busiest cruise port.
  • Tourist attractions: Bonnet House, Antique car museum, Fort Lauder-dale Beach, Stone-wall national museum and archives.

Few Quick Facts You Need To Know When You Are Traveling To This City:

  • Common modes of transportation include mostly a car alone, carpooled, bus, by walk, bicycle, and others.
  • Zip codes: 33301, 33304, 33306, 33308, 33311, 33312, 33315, 33316, 33388, 33394.
  • Nearest Railway stations: Amtrak Station.
  • Nearest Airport: Fort Lauder-dale/Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauder-dale Executive Airport, Miami International Airport.
  • Nearest cities and towns: Lazy Lake, Wilton Manors, Franklin Park, Golden Heights, Rock Island.
  • There are good number of hotels and motels in the city (some are fire proof) which provide hygienic food and convenient lodging.
  • Visitor guidelines – It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimming suit, illegal to skateboard without a license. It is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline.