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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale FL, covers almost 35 square miles along the southeastern coast. The city sits approximately 23 miles north of Miami. It's a city known for its sandy beaches, scene, and canals that remind people of Venice, Italy. The United States Census Bureau estimates 178,590 people lived in Fort Lauderdale in 2015.

Why Live Here

As the eighth largest city in Florida, residents in Fort Lauderdale include a solid mix of ages. Almost 23 percent of the residents are under the age of 18, while another 15 percent are retirees and senior citizens. Your Florida realtor finds you a home near others who share your interests.

Weather is gorgeous with average highs at 83 and lows at 68. Approximately 66.5 inches of rain falls each year. The rest of the year offers ideal sunny weather for strolling along the coast.


Fort Lauderdale's beaches offer a tranquil place to relax and enjoy the sunny weather or get some fresh air and exercise. Diving and boating activities get you off the sand and into the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Lauderdale Beach also happens to be the home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame where a huge pool and educational exhibits await guests.

For the bargain hunter, the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop has a 13-screen drive-in theater and indoor and outdoor flea market areas. Golf, sporting events, and fine dining all shape the daily activities of Fort Lauderdale's residents. When you're done, hop on the Sun Trolley and enjoy a free ride to many areas of the city.


Fort Lauderdale FL has 23 public schools, which includes 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 high schools. In addition to elementary, middle, and high schools, Fort Lauderdale is home to the following colleges or universities:

  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
  • Broward College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Keiser University

Per Census counts, Fort Lauderdale had 32,917 businesses in 2012, including many boutique stores, luxury hotels, and restaurants. The unemployment rate is well under the state's average at 4.6 percent in August 2016. AutoNation and National Beverage are two companies headquartered in the city.

Entertainment and Culture

Find entertainment throughout Fort Lauderdale, but it's the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District that really draws a crowd. It's in this district that you'll find these key attractions:

  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Florida Grand Opera
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
  • Historic Stranahan House
  • NSU Art Museum

The Mockingbird Trail in Fort Lauderdale extends two miles through the city. This urban art trail draws residents outdoors. Stroll along the streets looking at works of art, sculptures, and resting when needed on an abundance of outdoor seating.

Parks and Recreation

Fort Lauderdale offers dozens of community and neighborhood parks, as well as conservation areas. Some parks have dog-friendly sections for off-leash play. Recreation options within these parks range from baseball and shuffleboard to fishing and kayaking. Walking trails, pools, and picnic areas abound.

Holiday Park spans more than 90 acres and includes roller hockey rinks, shuffleboard, a tennis center, and the War Memorial Auditorium.

With over 150 acres of space, Mills Pond Park offers multiple baseball fields where leagues play regularly. Fishing, a track for remote-controlled cars, and water skiing all take place here.

Real Estate

Per, the median housing value from 2010 to 2014 was $243,600. Fort Lauderdale has more than 80 neighborhoods. Hire a Florida realtor to help you decide the best neighborhood for your needs. Palm Aire Village West appeals to home buyers looking for condos and homes near golf courses, while the neighborhood of Poinsettia Heights offers single-family housing within reach of schools.

Ruth Klein Real Estate excels in finding dream homes in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Give her office a call and begin searching for your new home today.