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Fort Lauderdale: A Bustling Culture of Arts, Nightlife, Beaches, and Business

Welcome to the “beach chic” destination of Fort Lauderdale—where arts and culture mingle with unique shops and eateries, small businesses thrive, and tourists and residents alike enjoy days at the beach and nights along the bustling downtown strip of Las Olas Boulevard. It’s known as the “Venice of America” for its expansive and intricate canal system that offers many waterfront homes and water travel options, as well as the “Gateway to the Everglades” for its location on the edge of the vividly unique swamp wilderness. Whether you’re looking to explore, dine, work, play in the sun, or enjoy big-city nightlife, Fort Lauderdale is the place for you.

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Why Do Residents Love Fort Lauderdale?

Amazing Beaches & Outdoor Opportunities

What brings tourists to Fort Lauderdale more than perhaps any of its other attractions? Beaches and outdoor recreation. Twenty-three miles of pristine white beaches and clear waters grace the shores of the greater Fort Lauderdale area, offer everything from beach relaxation to boating and watersports, fishing, a beautiful beachfront promenade, and 69 miles of natural coral reef for scuba divers and snorkelers. Miles of canals provide quiet paddling and scenic gondola rides, as well as waterfront living, private boat storage, dining, and exploration, and over 100 marinas and boatyards enhance the strong yacht culture of residents, many of whom have their own yachts.

A Long List of Accolades

As if its beautiful beaches, charming homes, bustling downtown arts scene, and acres of lush parkland didn’t speak for themselves, Fort Lauderdale boasts a long list of accolades, among which is included awards such as Top 10 Best Downtown (Livability), Top 10 Most Exciting Places in Florida (Moveto), Top 10 Best Cities for Small Business (Biz2Credit.com), and Top 10 Cities for Millennial Jobseekers (NerdWallet).

Amenities & Things to Do

From lush parks and trails to posh shopping centers to exciting community events, Fort Lauderdale has something to offer everyone. Parks range from small neighborhood escapes to larger attractions such as the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park or educational centers like the Anne Kolb Nature Center. Top events such as the annual Langerado Music Festival draw visitors from throughout the area, while local seasonal celebrations and festivities bring neighbors and residents together across the community.

Small-Business & Employment

Many residents choose Fort Lauderdale for its small business culture and opportunities. With over 270,000 businesses with under 10 employees, the entrepreneurial spirit of the city is clearly visible. It’s ranked at #57 for Business and Careers in the United States by Forbes Magazine and boasts a low unemployment rate well below the national average. Tourism is the major industry, but technology, banking, education, and government are other major employers.

Spotlights of Fort Lauderdale


It’s not all about beaches and outdoor living in Fort Lauderdale! Head Downtown for a wealth of opportunities, such as the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, home to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida Grand Opera, shops, parks, and more! And don’t forget about unique places such as Butterfly World, or Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection… and there are even pro sports to watch nearby!

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Over 4,000 restaurants? Fort Lauderdale certainly boasts an impressive foodie scene, with everything from unique local cafes to national chain restaurants to high-end cuisine. Dine with culture at Chef Jean Pierre’s or grab a sandwich at Laspada’s Hoagies. Enjoy a sweet treat at La Dolce Vita or sip a Prickly Pear Margarita at Canyon Southwest Cafe. Undecided? Stroll the restaurant row of acclaimed chefs and sidewalk cafes along Las Olas Boulevard or take a water taxi to The Galleria shops.

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What's Nearby?

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Quick Facts

Population (2014): 176,013
Population Growth Since 2000: +15.5%
Zip Codes: 33301, 33304, 33305, 33306, 33308, 33309, 33319, 33334
County: Broward
Median Home Price: $184,400
School District: Broward County Public Schools

Travel Info

Hollywood: 15 min
Boca Raton: 30 min
Miami: 50 min
West Palm Beach: 1 hr

Public Transport: Tri-Rail

Highways: I-95, US-1, Florida Turnpike, I-595, A1A

Favorite Events

  • Las Olas Art Festival
  • Florida Renaissance Festival
  • Sunfest
  • Lauderdale Air Show
  • Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
  • Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

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