Fort Lauderdale, FL Profile: Facts & Data


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Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Lauderdale is the 9th largest city in Florida with a population of 180,466 as of July 1, 2018. Fort Lauderdale ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Florida. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Lauderdale is located at latitude 26.1412 and longitude -80.1467 in Broward County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Lauderdale (see map below) encompass a land area of 34.6 sq. miles and a water area of 1.71 sq. miles. Broward County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The City of Fort Lauderdale (GNIS ID: 2403640) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Fort Lauderdale is located within Fort Lauderdale CCD of Broward County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Lauderdale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 180,466
Population in Households 176,909
Population in Familes 113,026
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,557
Population Density1 5,216
Diversity Index2 67


Median Household Income $55,238
Average Household Income $89,234
Per Capita Income $40,977


Total Housing Units 99,006 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 38,747 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 42,611 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 17,648 (17.8%)
Median Home Value $320,363
Average Home Value $468,425


Total Households 81,358
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 37,620
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.05% 1.22%
Households 1.03% 1.24%
Families 0.69% 0.98%
Median Household Income   3.26%
Per Capita Income   3.52%

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Lauderdale to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 99th
Population Density # 105 89th
Diversity Index # 184 80th
Median Household Income # 326 65th
Per Capita Income # 164 82nd

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