Fort Lauderdale, Florida 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 Annual Growth Rate
2017180,0727640.43%
2016179,3081,2730.72%
2015178,0352,2731.29%
2014175,7623,0631.77%
2013172,6991,4950.87%
2012171,2042,0711.22%
2011169,1332,9451.77%
2010166,18813,7910.87%
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%

Fort Lauderdale Population in 2018Source: By User:Kolossos [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White108,696
Black or African American55,956
Two or More Races3,693
Some Other Race3,628
Asian2,697
American Indian and Alaska Native387
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander96

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fort Lauderdale Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Lauderdale Median Age

42


Total

42.3


Male

41.4


Female

Fort Lauderdale Adults

There are 142,750 adults, (29,251 of which are seniors) in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Age Dependency

54.3

Age Dependency Ratio

25.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Lauderdale Sex Ratio

Female

83,445

47.64%

Male

91,708

52.36%

Fort Lauderdale Households and Families

Fort Lauderdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Lauderdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70%30%
All52.6%47.4%
Non Family46.6%53.4%
Female38.5%61.5%
Male32.2%67.8%

52.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Lauderdale Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All73,3152.3552.6
Non Family37,7761.3346.6
Married23,8093.1770
Female8,3843.9438.5
Male3,3464.0932.2

3.31

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

7.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

2.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Lauderdale Households

Fort Lauderdale Education

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,0666.17%
9th to 12th Grade9,9167.58%
High School Graduate32,35924.73%
Some College23,45017.92%
Associates Degree11,3518.68%
Bachelors Degree28,78822.00%
Graduate Degree16,90112.92%

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White72,05368,46833,864
Black34,27124,6723,618
Hispanic21,12716,5396,282
Other Race2,7311,875511
Asian2,1902,0531,267
Multiple Races2,0341,682780
Native American28110825
Islander8262

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.02%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 57.85%.

Fort Lauderdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,051$37,828$30,222
Less Than High School$16,428$18,791$12,858
High School Grad$23,022$26,091$20,833
Some College$31,722$36,374$28,040
Bachelors Degree$50,948$58,149$43,683
Graduate Degree$64,859$77,867$54,694

$34,051

Average Earnings

$37,828

Average Male

$30,222

Average Female

Fort Lauderdale Language

Fort Lauderdale Language by Age

Fort Lauderdale Language

71.52% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 28.48% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.22% of the population.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty

Fort Lauderdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black55,10317,48131.72%
White84,0519,02810.74%
Hispanic29,3476,94423.66%
Other3,62861416.92%
Multiple3,65760216.46%
Asian2,6742358.79%
Islander965254.17%
Native366246.56%

19.51%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.14%

Male Poverty Rate

21.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Lauderdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Islander, with 54.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Native, with 6.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.58%.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.24%
High School18.74%
Some College13.23%
Bachelors or Greater7.41%

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.06%
Male Unemployed39.70%
Female Employed9.43%
Male Employed8.19%

Fort Lauderdale Income

Fort Lauderdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$51,648$86,462
Families$62,221$104,063
Married Families$84,416$129,983
Non Families$42,194$67,967

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.2%

Male Marriage Rate

37.4%

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 Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status by Race

Fort Lauderdale Veterans

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by War

9,507

Number of Veterans

8,916

Male Veterans

591

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,194
Korea1,204
First Gulf War1,181
World War II924
Second Gulf War752

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+2,997
65 to 742,443
35 to 542,174
55 to 641,507
18 to 34386

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7068.15%
Black1,4963.73%
Hispanic8153.54%
2 or More913.83%
Asian813.43%
Other762.59%
Indian4615.03%
Hawaiian1111.46%

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

10.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.10%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Lauderdale Employment Status

Fort Lauderdale Employment by Age

65.7%

Labor Force Participation

59.7%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Lauderdale Employment by Race

Fort Lauderdale Employment by Education

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

34.82%

Born in Florida

76.26%

Native Born

23.74%

Foreign Born

11.99%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.26% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 34.82% having been born in Florida. 11.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.