Fort Lauderdale

Situatied on the Atlantic Coast, this city of U.S state of Florida, is Broward County’s county seat. According to the 2010 census data, this city was populated with 165,521 denizens. Being the major city of the metropolitan area in South Florida, approximately 5,564,635 people made it their home.

 

It has developed into a popular tourist place with 10.35 million visitors in the year 2006. Also called as ‘Venice of America’ owing to its unrestrained canal system, Fort Lauderdale serves as the most important Yachting center. In 2006, it boasted of 42,000 resident yachts with 100 marinas and boatyards. Located 23 miles (37 km) north of Miami, this tourist city was the destination for more than 4,000 restaurants and 120 night clubs in 2006. Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Community is best known place to have home investments.

 

The name Fort Lauderdale has been derived from the series of forts constructed by the U.S through the Second Seminole War. The forts were named after Major William Lauderdale. He was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who constructed the fort for the first time in the city. Nevertheless, it was only after 50 years of abandonment of the fort that the city began to develop. There were three forts constructed with the name ‘Fort Lauderdale’. One was at the fork of the New River, other one was situated on Tarpon Bend amid the Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the last one was close to the Bahia Mar Marina.

Demographics:

The city housed 68,468 households and 33,001 families as per the 2000 Census. Among the 68,468 households, 19.6% were living with children below the age of 18. 32.2 % consisted of couples married and living together. 11.5 % were female householders without husband. 51.8% belonged to the non-families category. Individual households held 40.3% whereas 11.7% comprised of people who had someone living alone belonging to the age of 65 years or more.

The household in the city had a median income of $37,887, whereas $46,175 was the median income for a family. $34,478 was the median income of males whereas females had a median income of $27,230. The city had a per capita income of $27,798. Approximately 17.7% of the population, which is 13.8% of families, were below the poverty line. This includes 11.1% of those 65 or more and 29.0% of those below the age of 18.

When it comes to foreign born residents, Fort Lauderdale boasts of a remarkably higher percentage than that of the United States. According to 2000 census 21.7% of the population belonged to the foreign-born category. Among the foreign-born residents, 69.2% were born in Latin America and those born in Europe were 17.3%. Smaller percentages were from North America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

During the year 2000, Fort Lauderdale held the twenty-sixth place among the percentage of Haitian residents in the US. 6.9% of its population belonged to Haiti. It has 127th highest percentage of Cuban residents which is 1.7 % of the city's denizens.

Ford Lauderdale is inhibited by a large number of non-English speaking people and don't use it as their first language in their homes. This figure is not as high as the average in the county. In 2000, 75.6% of the population was using English as their first language. Following this is Spanish which stands at 9.4%. Other percentages include Haitian Creole at 7.5%, French at 2.0%, Portuguese at 1.0% and Italian at 0.8%.

The city, also with the adjoining cities Oakland Park and Wilton Manors, is popular due to its huge LGBT community with the highest ratios of gay men and lesbians. It is also a hotspot for gays and lesbians to spend a vacation.

Education:

As per the data of year 2000, 79.0% of Fort Lauderdale’s population with the age of 25 or more was graduates from high school. This is somewhat less than the national figure which stood at 80.4%. Those who were baccalaureate formed 27.9% which is a bit more than the national percentage of 24.4. Broward County Public Schools runs 23 public schools in the city. There were mixed results for 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for Fort Lauderdale's public schools. Ten (out of sixteen) elementary schools and one (out of four) middle schools gained "A" or "B" grades; whereas in case of Sunland Park Elementary School and Arthur Ashe Middle School the results could be reflected only in failing grades. Boyd Anderson High School, situated in Lauderdale Lakes but whose attendance zone includes part of Ford Lauderdale, also got failing grade. From the three failing schools, none of them failed two times during the period of four years. This started the "Opportunity Scholarship Program" school choice provisions which was a part of education plan of Florida.

Following is the list of seven institutes offering higher learning with main or satellite campuses in the city:

Broward College BC (Willis Holcombe Downtown Center)

Apart from the above, the Davenport, Iowa-based Kaplan University's Corporate headquarters and an academic support center can also be accessed in the city.

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