Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale (/ˈlɔːdərdl/; also spelled Ft. Lauderdale) is a coastal city located in the U.S. state of Florida, 30 miles (48 km) north of Miami along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the county seat of and largest city in Broward County with a population of 182,760 as of the 2020 Census making it the tenth largest city in Florida. Fort Lauderdale is the second largest and one of three principal cities comprising the Miami metropolitan area with a population of 6,166,488.

Fort Lauderdale
City of Fort Lauderdale
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, November 2015
Nickname(s): 
Venice of America
Interactive map of Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 26°8′N 80°9′W
Country United States
State Florida
County Broward
EstablishedMarch 27, 1911
Named forWilliam Lauderdale
Government
  TypeCommission-Manager
  MayorDean Trantalis (D)
  Vice MayorBen Sorensen[1]
  CommissionersHeather Moraitis, Robert L. McKinzie, Steven Glassman[2][3]
  City ManagerChristopher Lagerbloom[2][4]
  City ClerkDavid Soloman[2][5]
Area
  City36.30 sq mi (94.01 km2)
  Land34.59 sq mi (89.58 km2)
  Water1.71 sq mi (4.44 km2)  9.87%
Elevation9 ft (2.75 m)
Population
 (2020)
  City182,760
  Density5,284.07/sq mi (2,040.21/km2)
  Metro
6,138,333 (US: 8th)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33301-33332, 33334-33340, 33345-33346, 33348-33349, 33351, 33355, 33359, 33388, 33394[8]
Area code(s)754, 954
FIPS code12-24000
GNIS feature ID0282693[9]
Primary AirportFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Websitewww.fortlauderdale.gov

Built in 1838 and first incorporated in 1911, Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War.[10] The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale. Development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" were constructed including the first at the fork of the New River, the second at Tarpon Bend on the New River between the present-day Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.[11]

Known as the “Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale has 165-miles of inland waterways across the city.[12] In addition to tourism, Fort Lauderdale has a diversified economy including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, avionics/aerospace, film, and television production. The city is a popular tourist destination with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Greater Fort Lauderdale, encompassing all of Broward County, hosted more than 13 million overnight visitors in 2018.[13] Each year nearly 4 million cruise passengers pass through its Port Everglades, making it the third largest cruise port in the world.[14] With over 50,000 registered yachts and 100 marinas, Fort Lauderdale is also known as the yachting capital of the world."[15]


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