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Fort Lauderdale as a Community

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aerial01Incorporated on March 27, 1911, the City of Fort Lauderdale is framed on the east coast of Florida by seven miles of golden sand beaches and bordered on the west by the Everglades. Between the two, the Intracoastal Waterway, the New River, and a canal system reminiscent of Venice, wind through the interior.

Encompassing more than 33 square miles with a population of 165,912, Fort Lauderdale is the county seat of Broward County and the largest city among the county’s 31 municipalities. Fort Lauderdale, the seventh largest city in Florida, is centrally located between Miami and Palm Beach.

An advantageous economic climate helped the City of Fort Lauderdale establish itself as a world-class international business center and one of the most desirable locations for new, expanding, or relocating businesses.

Fort Lauderdale also offers an outstanding quality of life, highlighted by a semi-tropical climate, rich natural beauty, and an array of cultural, entertainment, and educational amenities. World-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and enjoyment.

river01The picturesque Riverwalk serves as the cornerstone of the City’s arts, science, cultural, and historic district, and features the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Art, and Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum.

Las Olas Boulevard has gained international acclaim as Fort Lauderdale’s centerpiece of fashion, fine dining, and entertainment.

The City’s downtown area is home to many corporate headquarters, government offices, and educational institutions, including Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida International University.

Through the cooperative efforts of residents, businesses and local government, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a City that offers the best of both worlds: an attractive business environment and an outstanding quality of life. Fort Lauderdale is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, and the City looks forward to continuing to build upon its success to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.

aerial02As the City moves forward, it will work hard to continue in partnership with its most important asset – its citizens – to develop the strategies necessary to ensure a safe and secure community; provide quality programs and services; enhance the quality of life; protect the environment; promote smart growth; and, maintain fiscal responsibility.

By remaining focused on its mission, the City is confident that it can address the challenges that lie ahead and work to preserve and enhance the unique characteristics that make Fort Lauderdale such a special place.

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"Passport to the World"

Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International, Inc. (GFLSCI) is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between Fort Lauderdale and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level. This "Passport to the World" promotes cultural understanding and humanitarian programming and stimulates economic development. GFLSCI leads the movement for local community development and volunteer action by motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term programs of mutual benefit.


Our Sister Cities

  • ARGENTINA, Mar del Plata
  • AUSTRALIA, Gold Coast
  • BRAZIL, Belo Horizonte
  • BRAZIL, Sao Sebastiao
  • COLOMBIA, Medellin
  • COSTA RICA, Quepos
  • GERMANY, Duisburg
  • GHANA, Agogo
  • HAITI, Cap-Ha&‌Iuml;tien
  • ISRAEL, Haifa
  • ITALY, Rimini
  • ITALY, Venice
  • PANAMA, Panama City
  • ROMANIA, Constanta
  • SPAIN, Mataro
  • TAIWAN, Kaohsiung City
  • TURKEY, Mugla
  • VENEZUELA, Margarita Island
  • For more information on Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International and their programs, membership, and upcoming events, visit their website at or email