Fort Lauderdale Population 2018

Fort Lauderdale is a city located in the state of Florida. This city is the county seat of Broward County. It is most known for being a popular tourist destination, drawing in millions of visitors each year. Fort Lauderdale has an estimated population of 178,752 residents.

Fort Lauderdale History

The region that is now Fort Lauderdale has been inhabited for thousands of years by the Tequesta Indians. It wasn’t until the 16th century when European explorers arrived. Unfortunately, the Europeans brought diseases which killed off many of the natives. Many of the remaining natives that survived were taken to Cuba following the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

The area wasn’t settled until the 19th century. At the time, it was known as the New River Settlement and had a population of about 70 people. Following an attack by the Seminoles, the settlers left. In 1838, a fort was built and was named Fort Lauderdale. It was abandoned just a few short years later, and the area didn’t have many settlers until later that century. When a ferry was opened to cross the New River and a railroad route was constructed, development began.

In 1911, the city of Fort Lauderdale was incorporated. Just four years later, it was named as the county seat of Broward County. The next decade saw major development, but a hurricane in 1926 and the Great Depression brought troubles to the city.

Fort Lauderdale’s population grew during World War II because of its Naval Air Station which was used for training. The city also established a Coast Guard base. At the end of the war, service members moved back to the area, with the population growing significantly particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. By the end of the 1960s, the city was approximately 85% developed. In the 1970s, the city was fully developed. The population at this time stopped growing before going into a decline. The population has since been on the rise again as the city aims to redevelop many areas, including its downtown.

Today, the city is a top tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors annually. Popular attractions included shopping malls, museums, night clubs, yachting and golf courses. The city has hundreds of hotels and it also is home to a cruise port.

Fort Lauderdale Demographics

The city of Fort Lauderdale has a population estimated to be over 178,000 people. The total area of the city is over 36 square miles. Fort Lauderdale has a population density of over 5,162 people per square mile.

The population of Fort Lauderdale is primarily made up of non-Hispanic whites, which make up over 52% of the total population. About 31% of the population is black, primarily West Indian or Afro Caribbean American. Over 13% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino descent, including Cuban, Puerto Rican, Colombian, and Mexican, just to name a few. Asians make up about 1.5% of the population. Residents between the ages of 45 and 64 make up the largest age group, or over 30% of the population. Over 28% is 24 to 44, over 17% is under age 18, and over 15% is at least 65 years old. There are more male residents than females, with 111.8 men for every 100 women in the city.

Over 13% of the total population lives below the federal poverty line. More than 21% of the population is foreign-born, primarily born in Latin America. The city also has a large percentage of Haitian residents, one of the largest in the United States. About three-quarters of the population speaks English as a first language, while others cite another language as their first language, including Spanish, French Creole and French.

Fort Lauderdale Population Growth

Fort Lauderdale saw significant growth during the early 20th century, climbing from less than 100 residents to over 2,000 between 1900 and 1920. Growth slowed a bit but continued through the 1980s before a decline was posted at the time of the 1990 census. However, by the next ten-year census, numbers had risen again to almost reach the level of the 1980 census. Today, the population continues to grow. Current estimates show that the population is up 8% from the last census taken in 2010, with no indications that this upward trend will stop anytime soon.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate

Fort Lauderdale Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American55,65231.13%
Some Other Race3,8692.16%
Two or More Races3,3441.87%
American Indian and Alaska Native2460.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1110.06%

Population Pyramid

0k0k0k0k0k Male Population0k0k0k0k0k Female Population8580757065605550454035302520151050

Fort Lauderdale Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
Total Housing Units

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Fort Lauderdale for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 7.2% and the labor force participation rate is 65.4%.

Fort Lauderdale Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size