Fort Lauderdale, Florida Population 2020

182,595

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 182,595.

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 then 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 significant 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 mainly 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 community 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, nightclubs, yachting and golf courses. The city has hundreds of hotels, and it also is home to a cruise port.

Population Density in Fort Lauderdale

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.

Fort Lauderdale Age and Diversity

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 almost to reach the level of the 1980 census. Today, the population continues to grow. Current estimates show that the population increased 8% from the last poll taken in 2010, with no indications that this upward trend will stop anytime soon.

Fort Lauderdale Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Lauderdale was:

  • White: 62.16%
  • Black or African American: 31.30%
  • Other race: 2.52%
  • Two or more races: 2.02%
  • Asian: 1.65%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

How Many People Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida?

182,595
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018182,5952,7091.51%
2017179,8861,0020.56%
2016178,8841,4770.83%
2015177,4072,1791.24%
2014175,2282,8991.68%
2013172,3291,3880.81%
2012170,9411,9201.14%
2011169,0212,8831.74%
2010166,13813,7410.87%
2000152,3973,0200.20%
1990149,377-3,902-0.26%
1980153,27913,6890.94%
1970139,59055,9425.25%
196083,64847,3208.70%
195036,32818,3327.28%
194017,9969,3307.58%
19308,6666,56615.23%
19202,1000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20186,198,78249,0950.79%
20176,149,68762,7521.02%
20166,086,93588,6511.46%
20155,998,28477,2541.29%
20145,921,03071,6191.21%
20135,849,41177,6801.33%
20125,771,73178,2001.35%
20115,693,531109,9841.93%
20105,583,5470.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White111,13562.16%
Black or African American55,96331.30%
Some Other Race4,5052.52%
Two or More Races3,6052.02%
Asian2,9541.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native5060.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1150.06%

Fort Lauderdale Population Pyramid 2020

Fort Lauderdale Median Age

42.8


Total

43.3


Male

42.1


Female

Fort Lauderdale Adults

There are 146,398 adults, (31,286 of whom are seniors) in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Age Dependency

55.3

Age Dependency Ratio

27.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Lauderdale Sex Ratio

Female

85,464

47.80%

Male

93,319

52.20%

Fort Lauderdale Households and Families

Fort Lauderdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Lauderdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.1%28.9%
All53.1%46.9%
Non Family45.8%54.2%
Male44.4%55.6%
Female36.3%63.7%

53.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All74,1602.3753.1
Non Family37,5821.3445.8
Married24,7063.1271.1
Female8,8474.136.3
Male3,0254.0544.4

3.32

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Lauderdale Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,8535.07%
9th to 12th Grade10,3207.64%
High School Graduate32,30823.91%
Some College24,76518.32%
Associates Degree11,6088.59%
Bachelors Degree30,26022.39%
Graduate Degree19,03614.09%

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White73,31469,63635,915
Black34,29725,3153,855
Hispanic24,13019,7407,594
Other Race3,5662,943696
Asian2,3932,3091,458
Multiple Races2,0821,656712
Native American41122265
Islander8947

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 96.49%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.93%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,232$40,780$30,892
Less Than High School$18,490$20,999$13,737
High School Grad$25,420$29,699$21,786
Some College$32,430$36,045$28,355
Bachelors Degree$51,112$58,821$43,425
Graduate Degree$73,958$91,452$60,780

$36,232

Average Earnings

$40,780

Average Male

$30,892

Average Female

Fort Lauderdale Language

Fort Lauderdale Language by Age

Fort Lauderdale Language

70.73% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 29.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.51% of the population.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty

Fort Lauderdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black54,81217,19531.37%
White84,7158,67110.24%
Hispanic32,7345,38516.45%
Other4,49178117.39%
Multiple3,54852114.68%
Asian2,92830310.35%
Islander1154034.78%
Native479132.71%

17.81%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.13%

Male Poverty Rate

19.62%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Lauderdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Islander, with 34.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Native, with 2.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.32%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.71%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.97%
High School17.26%
Some College11.96%
Bachelors or Greater7.20%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.53%
Male Unemployed40.15%
Female Employed9.58%
Male Employed6.37%

Fort Lauderdale Income

Fort Lauderdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$55,269$95,797
Families$68,896$120,124
Married Families$95,342$150,323
Non Families$44,584$70,115

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

36.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Lauderdale Married by Age and Sex

Fort Lauderdale Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status by Race

Fort Lauderdale Veterans

9,116

Number of Veterans

8,547

Male Veterans

569

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,220
First Gulf War1,454
Korea1,120
Second Gulf War1,059
World War II604

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,0117.22%
Black1,8094.54%
Hispanic6392.47%
Other1002.61%
Asian652.57%
Indian6514.01%
2 or More562.30%
Hawaiian108.70%

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

10.55%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Lauderdale Employment Status

65%

Labor Force Participation

59.9%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Lauderdale Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

35.41%

Born in Florida

75.59%

Native Born

24.41%

Foreign Born

11.31%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

75.59% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 35.41% having been born in Florida. 11.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.