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Fort Lauderdale

Incorporated in 1911, the City of Fort Lauderdale is centrally located between Miami and Palm Beach. Encompassing more than 35 square miles with a population of nearly 178,800, Fort Lauderdale is the County Seat of Broward County and is the largest of Broward's 31 municipalities and the seventh largest city in Florida.  Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and a myriad of scenic inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale truly lives up to its designation as the "Venice of America."

An advantageous economic climate is helping 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.  Once known strictly as a tourism-based economy, Fort Lauderdale now supports a diverse range of industries, including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, avionics/aerospace, and film and television production.  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.  Blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and pleasant year-round ocean breezes, world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment.  The picturesque Riverwalk serves as the cornerstone of the City's arts, science, cultural and historic district which 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.  In addition, the City's downtown area is home to Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, the award-winning Broward County Main Library, and federal, county and school district offices.

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.  

For information regarding economic development programs and assistance in the City of Fort Lauderdale, please click here. To see an exciting video about economic development in Fort Lauderdale, please click here.

For information on BusinessF1rst, the City of Fort Lauderdale's joint business retention and expansion initiative with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please click here.

For information on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), which serves as an economic development/redevelopment agency, a marketing organization, and a coordinator and facilitator among various private and governmental entities involved in and with Downtown Fort Lauderdale, please click here.

Contact Information
Contact Address 100 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number 954-828-5000
Economic Indicators
Population (2019) 178,783
Labor Force (2019) 98,217
Employment (2019) 95,075
Unemployment (2019) 3,142
Unemployment rate (2019) 3.2
Land Area (square miles) 35.5
Households (2018) 96,063
Household Median Income (2018) $55,269

Source: 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Number of Schools
Charter Schools 6
Elementary Schools 23
Middle Schools 5
High Schools 5
Private Schools 14
A-Rated Schools 10

Source: Broward County Public Schools,, and Florida Department of Education.

Major Employers:

  • Allied Marine/Ferretti Group
  • AutoNation
  • Baxter International
  • BFC Financial
  • Broward County School Board
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • Citrix
  • Governmental Agencies (city/county/state/federal)
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Hotwire Communications
  • Kaplan Higher Education
  • Microsoft Latin America
  • Randstad
  • Republic Industries
  • SATO Global Solutions
  • Sixt Rent a car
  • South African Airways
  • Templeton Worldwide
  • Trividia Health
  • Zimmerman  

  Updated 10-06-2020