Fort Lauderdale

Population: 175,153Median home value: $273,400Find homes for sale 65 Ranks better than 41% of areas

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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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Compare Fort Lauderdale, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Fort Lauderdale, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Palm-Aire Village, Fort Lauderdale865327
Bermuda Riviera, Fort Lauderdale853.81,442
Landings, Fort Lauderdale834.51,647
Rio Vista, Fort Lauderdale832.32,264
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale824.75,597
Tarpon River, Fort Lauderdale801.93,287
Lake Estates, Fort Lauderdale804.7334
Shady Banks, Fort Lauderdale802.91,039

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I Love Working & Living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a wonderful place to live and build a business. I first moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1980 and seen the community go through many changes. Back in the 1980's I enjoyed spring break, cheap beer and hotel rooms. Today you'll find 5 star hotels and dining.
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Ft. Lauderdale - Overlooked and Underrated

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I've been to Ft. Lauderdale a half dozen times over the last couple years. Mostly because I find Ft. Lauderdale is always cheaper to fly into than Miami. Miami Beach is only about a 30-40 minute drive from Ft. Lauderdale, directly south. Ft. Lauderdale might not have quite the appeal that Miami Beach does, but it still has great beaches, restaurants, shopping and you won't get hit with the high prices like you do in Miami Beach.

If you're looking for a great place to grab a bite and a couple drinks, try the Downtowner Saloon (10 South New River Dr East). They constantly have cheap drink deals or half price appetizers. The place is always busy with a great atmosphere.

The beaches in Ft. Lauderdale might not be quite as good as Miami, but they're still great and not nearly as busy. It also helps that you can land a hotel in Lauderdale for a fraction of the cost of one in Miami. Overall, Ft. Lauderdale is a good chance of pace if you're looking for a more affordable, quieter place to hang you hat.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Paradise On Earth

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Having lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida most of my life and recently moving away from there I truly miss it. I often refer to it as my paradise on earth.

With the warm sunny days and the ocean breeze it was like living on an exotic island. There is always something to do there whether it's a drive to the beautiful beach or shopping at the huge Sawgrass mills mall where busloads of people come for great deals. Downtown Ft. Lauderdale offers many attractions for the entire family include the IMAX theater and the Museum of Discovery And Science where kids get to interact with exhibits. The Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art is also located downtown. Riverwalk is a good place to visit with many different restaurants and you can even take a boat ride and tour the beautiful mansions along the New River intercoastal waterway. Ft. Lauderdale comes to life at night with many clubs, bars and restaurants, many with live entertainment.

I truly love Ft. Lauderdale and always will. Sometimes especially in the winter months when the snowbirds arrive, the traffic can be hectic but other than that it's a great place to visit and an amazing place to live.
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Source: The 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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