Fort Lauderdale, Florida Population 2022

186,208
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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 186,208, it is the 10th largest city in Florida and the 144th largest city in the United States. Fort Lauderdale is currently growing at a rate of 0.93% annually and its population has increased by 1.89% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 182,760 in 2020. Spanning over 36 miles, Fort Lauderdale has a population density of 5,384 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Lauderdale is $99,308 with a poverty rate of 15.76%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. 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 Lauderdalewas:

  • White: 60.22%
  • Black or African American: 31.51%
  • Two or more races: 4.15%
  • Other race: 2.22%
  • Asian: 1.51%
  • Native American: 0.34%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is 186,208 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 182,760.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Fort Lauderdale Population by Race

Fort Lauderdale Population Pyramid 2022

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Fort Lauderdale Median Age

42


Total

43


Male

40.4


Female

Fort Lauderdale Adults

There are 149,363 adults, (32,506 of whom are seniors) in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Lauderdale Sex Ratio

Female

87,898

48.34%

Male

93,920

51.66%

Fort Lauderdale Population by Age

Fort Lauderdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Lauderdale Household Types

53.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Lauderdale Households and Families

3.29

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

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Fort Lauderdale Households by Type

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Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.44%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.44%.

Fort Lauderdale Educational Attainment by Race

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$39,823

Average Earnings

$44,292

Average Male

$34,136

Average Female

Fort Lauderdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Lauderdale Language by Age

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Fort Lauderdale Language

71.12% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 28.88% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.97% of the population.

Fort Lauderdale Language

Fort Lauderdale Poverty by Race

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15.76%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.65%

Male Poverty Rate

17.99%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Lauderdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Black, with 29.21% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.50%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.38%.

Fort Lauderdale Poverty

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Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Education

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Fort Lauderdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Lauderdale Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Fort Lauderdale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

36.8%

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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8,683

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by War

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Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Age

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Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Race

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

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9.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.77%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Lauderdale Veterans by Education

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64.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.4%

Employment Rate

6.2%

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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36.88%

Born in Fort Lauderdale

75.49%

Native Born

24.51%

Foreign Born

11.47%

Non Citizen

13.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.49% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 36.88% having been born in Florida. 11.47% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Fort Lauderdale Population by Year