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Living in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Florida. The city has a population of 175,153 residents. Fort Lauderdale has a population density of 5,063 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Long travel times to work can be one of the most frustrating things in the world - right behind housework! If you decide that living in Fort Lauderdale is the right fit for you, your one way commute time will average 26 minutes, which is about average when compared to the national commute time of 26 minutes.

Living in Fort Lauderdale can be a great experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Florida, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Fort Lauderdale and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Florida and national averages.

Fort Lauderdale, FL receives 65/100 for it’s livability score; this results in a ranking of #754 in Florida and #17,188 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Fort Lauderdale has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Fort Lauderdale. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D).

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Fort Lauderdale is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Fort Lauderdale come in at $273,400, which is 63.9% higher than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Fort Lauderdale, the home price to income ratio is 5.3, which is 55.9% higher than the Florida average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Fort Lauderdale will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Fort Lauderdale, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.1%.

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Fort Lauderdale, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Palm-Aire Village, Fort Lauderdale865.8327
Bermuda Riviera, Fort Lauderdale851.41,442
Landings, Fort Lauderdale832.61,647
Rio Vista, Fort Lauderdale833.52,264
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale823.25,597
Tarpon River, Fort Lauderdale804.23,287
Lake Estates, Fort Lauderdale802.9334
Shady Banks, Fort Lauderdale805.41,039

Best Cities Near Fort Lauderdale, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Bay Harbor Islands, FL8618.75,885
South Palm Beach, FL8530.21,309
Cooper City, FL8513.534,364
Coconut Creek, FL859.757,731
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Hillsboro Beach, FL858.71,467
Lake Clarke Shores, FL8533.83,517
Hypoluxo, FL8428.42,689
Lazy Lake, FL842.534
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Source: The Dolphin Isles, Fort Lauderdale, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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