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
White110,270
Black or African American56,770
Some Other Race3,805
Two or More Races3,298
Asian2,584
American Indian and Alaska Native398
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander50

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Fort Lauderdale Population Pyramid 2018

2,0004,0006,0008,000 Male Population2,0004,0006,0008,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Lauderdale Median Age

42.2


Total

42.8


Male

41.2


Female

Fort Lauderdale Adults

There are 144,792 adults, (29,543 of whom are seniors) in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Age Dependency

53.7

Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Lauderdale Sex Ratio

Female

84,231

47.54%

Male

92,944

52.46%

Fort Lauderdale Households and Families

Fort Lauderdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Fort Lauderdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71%29%
All52.4%47.6%
Non Family44.9%55.1%
Male40.6%59.4%
Female38.2%61.8%

52.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Lauderdale Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All73,6572.3752.4
Non Family37,9241.3344.9
Married24,0123.1571
Female8,6694.138.2
Male3,0524.1340.6

3.32

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Lauderdale Households

Fort Lauderdale Education

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,7515.82%
9th to 12th Grade9,8107.36%
High School Graduate33,05524.82%
Some College24,77918.60%
Associates Degree11,2978.48%
Bachelors Degree29,03921.80%
Graduate Degree17,47213.12%

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White73,07069,43134,897
Black34,51325,1343,450
Hispanic22,64218,1936,394
Other Race3,0252,322575
Multiple Races2,0541,716728
Asian2,0451,9611,200
Native American28410831
Islander3623

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.89%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 58.68%.

Fort Lauderdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,804$38,703$29,690
Less Than High School$17,618$19,790$13,356
High School Grad$23,827$26,837$20,348
Some College$32,073$35,306$28,381
Bachelors Degree$51,123$60,129$43,337
Graduate Degree$67,796$81,555$57,676

$33,804

Average Earnings

$38,703

Average Male

$29,690

Average Female

Fort Lauderdale Language

Fort Lauderdale Language by Age

Fort Lauderdale Language

71.39% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 28.61% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.89% of the population.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty

Fort Lauderdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black55,76217,74231.82%
White84,5179,55011.30%
Hispanic31,0876,37920.52%
Other3,79963216.64%
Multiple3,23645013.91%
Asian2,55526410.33%
Islander502754.00%
Native37292.42%

19.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.59%

Male Poverty Rate

21.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Lauderdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Islander, with 54.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Native, with 2.42% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.88%.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.38%
High School19.56%
Some College12.71%
Bachelors or Greater7.40%

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.19%
Male Unemployed41.85%
Female Employed10.94%
Male Employed6.71%

Fort Lauderdale Income

Fort Lauderdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$52,315$90,245
Families$64,025$109,494
Married Families$89,246$137,370
Non Families$42,252$69,972

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

36.9%

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


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Fort Lauderdale Veterans

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by War

9,335

Number of Veterans

8,740

Male Veterans

595

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,281
First Gulf War1,423
Korea1,055
Second Gulf War960
World War II733

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+2,718
65 to 742,424
35 to 542,213
55 to 641,489
18 to 34491

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,4027.69%
Black1,6073.98%
Hispanic7022.89%
Other1173.75%
Asian823.64%
2 or More753.20%
Indian4113.23%
Hawaiian1122.00%

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

11.03%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Lauderdale Employment Status

Fort Lauderdale Employment by Age

65.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

8%

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

35.19%

Born in Florida

76.21%

Native Born

23.79%

Foreign Born

11.66%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.21% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 35.19% having been born in Florida. 11.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.