Fort Lauderdale

Population: 175,153Median home value: $273,400 66 Ranks better than 41% of areas
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A+ Fort Lauderdale Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Fort Lauderdale Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Florida
Fort Lauderdale
11414% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fort Lauderdale cost of living
F Fort Lauderdale Crime Total crime is 110% higher than Florida
Total crime
6,121123% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17123% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is up
Fort Lauderdale crime
D+ Fort Lauderdale Employment Household income is 6% higher than Florida
Median household income
$51,6487% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$38,09928% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%28% higher than the US average
Fort Lauderdale employment
D Fort Lauderdale Housing Home value is 64% higher than Florida
Median home value
$273,40048% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,13520% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Fort Lauderdale real estate or Fort Lauderdale rentals
F Fort Lauderdale Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Florida
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
39%21% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Fort Lauderdale K-12 schools or Fort Lauderdale colleges

Living in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a mid-sized city with a population of 175,153 residents. With a population density of 5,063 people per square mile, Fort Lauderdale is well above the nation's average 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.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Fort Lauderdale could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Florida if you know where to look. 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, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Florida and national averages.

With a livability score of 65/100, Fort Lauderdale is ranked #17,188 in the United States and #754 in Florida. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Fort Lauderdale ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A). There are some categories that Fort Lauderdale scores poorly for, including: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Fort Lauderdale, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Fort Lauderdale Beachfront, Las Olas Boulevard, and Las Olas Boulevard.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Fort Lauderdale is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Assuming that Fort Lauderdale meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Fort Lauderdale. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Fort Lauderdale are simply unattainable. 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.
Bermuda Riviera, Fort Lauderdale863.81,442
Palm-Aire Village, Fort Lauderdale865327
Landings, Fort Lauderdale844.51,647
Rio Vista, Fort Lauderdale842.32,264
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lake Estates, Fort Lauderdale834.7334
Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale824.75,597
Tarpon River, Fort Lauderdale811.93,287
River Oaks, Fort Lauderdale803.13,979

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I Love Working & Living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

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

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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