Fort Lauderdale, Florida Population 2021

183,109
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Fort Lauderdale is a city located in Broward County Florida. It is also the county seat of Broward County. With a 2020 population of 183,109, it is the 10th largest city in Florida and the 142nd largest city in the United States . Fort Lauderdale is currently growing at a rate of 0.18% annually and its population has increased by 10.63% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 165,521 in 2010. Fort Lauderdale reached it's highest population of 183,109 in 2021. Spanning over 36 miles, Fort Lauderdale has a population density of 5,294 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Lauderdale is $99,308 with a poverty rate of 16.90%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,293 per month, and the median house value is $334,000. The median age in Fort Lauderdale is 42.1 years, 42.7 years for males, and 41.1 years for females.

Fort Lauderdale Age and Diversity

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.

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.

Fort Lauderdale Demographics

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

  • White: 61.18%
  • Black or African American: 32.20%
  • Other race: 2.51%
  • Two or more races: 2.09%
  • Asian: 1.64%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.08%
The current population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is 183,109 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 182,101.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 165,521.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20216,211,79022,6500.36%
20206,189,14022,6500.37%
20196,166,49022,6500.37%
20186,143,84025,6800.42%
20176,118,16062,4701.02%
20166,055,69086,5501.43%
20155,969,14075,2801.26%
20145,893,86071,1101.21%
20135,822,75077,0101.32%
20125,745,74077,4701.35%
20115,668,27084,8801.50%
20105,583,3900.00%

Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,20261.18%
Black or African American57,99332.20%
Some Other Race4,5272.51%
Two or More Races3,7562.09%
Asian2,9481.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native5610.31%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1370.08%
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Fort Lauderdale Population by Race

Fort Lauderdale Population Pyramid $2021

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Fort Lauderdale Median Age

42.1


Total

42.7


Male

41.1


Female

Fort Lauderdale Adults

There are 147,180 adults, (32,456 of whom are seniors) in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Age Dependency

57

Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Lauderdale Sex Ratio

Female

86,098

47.80%

Male

94,026

52.20%

Fort Lauderdale Population by Age

Fort Lauderdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Lauderdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.8%29.2%
All52.7%47.3%
Non Family45.5%54.5%
Male43%57%
Female36.5%63.5%

52.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Lauderdale Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All74,5672.3752.7
Non Family38,0831.3545.5
Married24,6213.0870.8
Female8,6964.2436.5
Male3,1674.143

3.32

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Fort Lauderdale Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,8915.06%
9th to 12th Grade9,8927.26%
High School Graduate33,15024.34%
Some College24,93818.31%
Associates Degree10,9648.05%
Bachelors Degree30,39422.32%
Graduate Degree19,94914.65%
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Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White72,38069,06335,680
Black35,60126,9624,344
Hispanic24,40419,7338,184
Other Race3,4622,784699
Asian2,5432,4351,515
2+ Races2,2871,862985
Native American42419735
Islander1096724

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.75%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 59.58%.

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,826$42,610$31,401
Less Than 9th Grade$20,305$25,025$14,746
High School Graduate$26,832$31,405$22,299
Some College$32,972$37,125$29,630
Bachelors Degree$53,615$63,792$45,066
Graduate Degree$74,329$89,627$61,418

$37,826

Average Earnings

$42,610

Average Male

$31,401

Average Female

Fort Lauderdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Lauderdale Language by Age

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Fort Lauderdale Language

70.08% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 29.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.45% of the population.

Fort Lauderdale Language

Fort Lauderdale Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black56,69316,77329.59%
White83,4097,9419.52%
Hispanic32,8545,16915.73%
Other4,44986019.33%
Multiple3,69939110.57%
Asian2,9482478.38%
Islander1373223.36%

16.90%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.18%

Male Poverty Rate

18.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Lauderdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Black, with 29.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Asian, with 8.38% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.17%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.59%.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.86%
High School16.54%
Some College11.95%
Bachelors or Greater6.58%

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed42.12%
Male Unemployed36.39%
Female Employed8.67%
Male Employed5.95%

Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Lauderdale Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$59,450$99,308
Families$71,174$121,191
Married Families$97,866$150,708
Non Families$50,022$76,151
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Income by Household Type

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.1%

Male Marriage Rate

36.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Lauderdale Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

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8,727

Number of Veterans

8,093

Male Veterans

634

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,006
First Gulf War1,360
Second Gulf War1,142
Korea1,030
World War II539

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+3,029
65 to 742,091
35 to 541,765
55 to 641,280
18 to 34562

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,8387.07%
Black1,6854.13%
Hispanic6252.37%
Other Race741.99%
2+ Races532.00%
Native American5210.72%
Islander2014.60%
Asian50.19%

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Race

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

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10.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

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65.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Lauderdale Employment by Age

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Fort Lauderdale Employment by Race

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Fort Lauderdale Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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35.62%

Born in Fort Lauderdale

75.27%

Native Born

24.73%

Foreign Born

11.81%

Non Citizen

12.91%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.27% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 35.62% having been born in Florida. 11.81% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Lauderdale Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021183,1093360.18%
2020182,7733360.18%
2019182,4373360.18%
2018182,1012,2241.24%
2017179,8771,0400.58%
2016178,8371,4810.84%
2015177,3562,2031.26%
2014175,1532,8781.67%
2013172,2751,3660.80%
2012170,9091,8971.12%
2011169,0122,8861.74%
2010166,12613,7290.87%
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 by Year