Fort Lauderdale is a city located in Broward County Florida. Fort Lauderdale has a 2023 population of 179,447. It is also the county seat of Broward County.Fort Lauderdale is currently declining at a rate of -0.61% annually and its population has decreased by -1.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 182,789 in 2020.
The average household income in Fort Lauderdale is $108,644 with a poverty rate of 15.38%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fort Lauderdale is 42.9 years, 43.5 years for males, and 42.2 years for females.
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 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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Lauderdale was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.11%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 54.38%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
69.86% of Fort Lauderdale residents speak only English, while 30.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.54% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Black, with 29.09% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Lauderdale is Native, with 3.07% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.44%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Fort Lauderdale
75.3% of Fort Lauderdale residents were born in the United States, with 36.88% having been born in Florida. 12.09% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.