Demographics Location Highlights

City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue 
  • The City of Fort Lauderdale is the largest municipality in Broward County, home to an estimated population of 176,013.

  • It is renowned as a paradise with its subtropical climate and beaches. With more than 300 miles of waterfront from its beaches, rivers and canals, which attract people to live, work and play in our City.

  • In August 2015, Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3%, making August 2015 the 61st consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three (3) years.

  •  The City and region are served by Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. Easy access throughout the area is also provided by Tri-Rail and Broward County transit with a main terminal in the CRA district.

  • In close proximity to the City of Fort Lauderdale are campuses for: Broward Community College (BCC), Florida Atlantic University (FAU) NOVA Southeastern University (NOVA), and Florida International University (FIU).

  • From an arts, entertainment and shopping perspective, the City is served by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Parker Playhouse, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Las Olas Shopping District.

  • Approximately 75,533 people work within 3 miles of the area. Of the total employed, 28.3% are employed in professional and managerial positions. *

  • Within a three mile radius, 27.1% of the population has a high school diploma, 18.4% have some college and 28.1% have a college degree. *

  • The average temperature in Florida is 74 degrees. The average annual days of rain equals 131.

  • The Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) led the state in over-the-year employment gains (+59,300 jobs, +2.5%) in November 2005 (Agency for Workforce Innovation, 2005)

  • Annual wages in Broward County rose 21.2% in the last ten years (Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, 2005).

  • Riverwalk, a linear path of bricks, lush greenery and pedestrian amenities, meanders along the New River and attracts over 1 million visitors each year. Riverwalk, Huizenga Plaza and Esplanade Park host a variety of events and festivals throughout the year.

  • Among the largest metropolitan areas (MSA's) in Florida, employment grew most rapidly in Fort Lauderdale. Employers in the area can draw from a regional labor force of 960 thousand (Agency for Workforce Innovation, Dec. 2005).

  • The Northwest is ideally situated in a major transportation hub that includes Interstates 95 and 595, US -1, the Florida Turnpike, and nearby State Road 84 and I-75, as well as, access to rail, Tri-Rail and bus services.

  • Greater Fort Lauderdale contains 23 miles of beaches and 300 miles of navigable waterways.