Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Population

177,175

1.15% growth

Median Age

42.2


Median Household Income

$52,315

1.29% growth

Poverty Rate

19.3%


Number of Employees

89,799

2.5% growth

Median Property Value

$297,200

8.71% growth

About

In 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL had a population of 177k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $52,315. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fort Lauderdale, FL grew from 175,153 to 177,175, a 1.15% increase and its median household income grew from $51,648 to $52,315, a 1.29% increase.

The population of Fort Lauderdale, FL is 48.1% White Alone, 31.2% Black or African American Alone, and 17.8% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Fort Lauderdale, FL speak a non-English language, and 88.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Lauderdale, FL are Broward College (13,141 degrees awarded in 2016), Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale (4,969 degrees), and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (346 degrees).

The median property value in Fort Lauderdale, FL is $297,200, and the homeownership rate is 52.4%. Most people in Fort Lauderdale, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Lauderdale, FL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Fort Lauderdale, FL employs 89.8k people. The largest industries in Fort Lauderdale, FL are Accommodation & Food Services (10,509 people), Retail Trade (10,336 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (9,243 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,288), Finance & Insurance ($61,888), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,401).

Median household income in Fort Lauderdale, FL is $52,315. Males in Fort Lauderdale, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,078. The income inequality in Fort Lauderdale, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,315

2017 value

± $1,643

1.29%

1 Year Growth

± 4.21%

Households in Fort Lauderdale, FL have a median annual income of $52,315, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,648 in 2016, which represents a 1.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,931

Average Male Salary

± $842

$44,078

Average Female Salary

± $574

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,227 ± $3,227

  2. Alaska Native

    $50,175 ± $47,169

  3. White

    $47,927 ± $556

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Lauderdale, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.259% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 424

  2. Census Tract 406.02

  3. Census Tract 420

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Lauderdale, FL was Census Tract 424 with a value of $132,250, followed by Census Tract 406.02 and Census Tract 420, with respective values of $103,242 and $97,348.

The following map shows all of the places in Fort Lauderdale, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Lauderdale, FL (33.7k out of 175k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    17,742 ± 1,204

  2. White

    14,620 ± 1,076

  3. Hispanic

    6,379 ± 793

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Lauderdale, FL is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

89.8k

2017 Value

± 2,505

2.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Lauderdale, FL grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 87.6k employees to 89.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Lauderdale, FL, are Management Occupations (11,876 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,672 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,856 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Lauderdale, FL, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (11,876 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,672 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,856 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Lauderdale, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (2.39 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.48 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Lauderdale, FL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($79,420), Management Occupations ($76,028), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,184).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

89.8k

2017 Value

± 2,505

2.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fort Lauderdale, FL grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 87.6k employees to 89.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, are Accommodation & Food Services (10,509 people), Retail Trade (10,336 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (9,243 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Lauderdale, FL, though some of these residents may live in Fort Lauderdale, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fort Lauderdale, FL, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (10,509 people), Retail Trade (10,336 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (9,243 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fort Lauderdale, FL has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (2.11 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.54 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Lauderdale, FL, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,288), Finance & Insurance ($61,888), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,401).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $57.1B

  2. $44.9B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $57.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($44.9B) and Gasoline ($41.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$457B

2015 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Florida trade was $457B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $714B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $15.1B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $17.7B, followed by Texas with $15.1B and California and $10.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

82.7% of the population of Fort Lauderdale, FL has health coverage, with 34.5% on employee plans, 18.5% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.21% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Fort Lauderdale, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in Fort Lauderdale, FL see 1376 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1379 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1735 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 703 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,376 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Florida see an average of 1,376 patients per year. This represents a 0.218% decrease from the previous year (1,379 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Florida in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

17.3%

Uninsured

34.5%

Employer Coverage

18.5%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

15.8%

Non-Group

1.21%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Lauderdale, FL declined by 8.19% from 18.8% to 17.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Lauderdale, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fort Lauderdale, FL is home to a population of 177k people, from which 88.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 23.8% of Fort Lauderdale, FL residents were born outside of the country (42.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Lauderdale, FL is composed of 85.1k White Alone residents (48.1%), 55.3k Black or African American Alone residents (31.2%), 31.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.8%), 2.54k Asian Alone residents (1.44%), 2.14k Two or More Races residents (1.21%), 360 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.203%), 146 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0824%), and 50 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0282%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fort Lauderdale, FL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.1

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fort Lauderdale, FL was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Fort Lauderdale, FL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fort Lauderdale, FL residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

23.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

42.1k people

23.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

41.6k people

As of 2017, 23.8% of Fort Lauderdale, FL residents (42.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Lauderdale, FL was 23.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    951,787 ± 23,383 people

  2. Haiti

    321,904 ± 13,819 people

  3. Mexico

    272,262 ± 12,724 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 951,787 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 321,904 and Mexico with 272,262.

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Citizenship

88.3%

2017 Citizenship

88%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.3% of Fort Lauderdale, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Lauderdale, FL was 88%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    85.1k ± 2.09k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    55.3k ± 2.18k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    31.5k ± 2.01k

In 2017, there were 1.54 times more White Alone residents (85.1k people) in Fort Lauderdale, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 55.3k Black or African American Alone and 31.5k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Fort Lauderdale, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Fort Lauderdale, FL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fort Lauderdale, FL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,270 ± 399

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,156 ± 284

  3. Korea

    990 ± 227

Fort Lauderdale, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fort Lauderdale, FL awarded 18,920 degrees. The student population of Fort Lauderdale, FL is skewed towards women, with 24,555 male students and 40,371 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Lauderdale, FL are Hispanic or Latino (6,225 and 34.1%), followed by White (5,085 and 27.8%), Black or African American (5,021 and 27.5%), and Unknown (822 and 4.5%).

The largest universities in Fort Lauderdale, FL by number of degrees awarded are Broward College (13,141 and 69.5%), Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale (4,969 and 26.3%), and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (346 and 1.83%).

The most popular majors in Fort Lauderdale, FL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (5,133 and 27.1%), General Business Administration & Management (3,511 and 18.6%), and Accounting Technology & Bookkeeping (1,449 and 7.66%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Lauderdale, FL are $17,000 for private four year colleges, and $1,944 and $1,944 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 747 degrees awarded

  2. 573 degrees awarded

  3. 5,133 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Fort Lauderdale, FL was Registered Nursing with 747 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Fort Lauderdale, FL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 13,141 degrees awarded

  2. 4,969 degrees awarded

  3. 346 degrees awarded

$1,944

Median In-State Public

$17,000

Median Private

In 2016, the Fort Lauderdale, FL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Broward College with 13,141 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

7,504

Degrees Awarded to Men

11,416

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 7,504 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which is 0.657 times less than the 11,416 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fort Lauderdale, FL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    6,225 degrees awarded

  2. White

    5,085 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    5,021 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Lauderdale, FL were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 6,225 degrees mean that there were 1.22 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 5,085 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Lauderdale, FL was $297,200 in 2017, which is 1.37 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $273,400 to $297,200, a 8.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Lauderdale, FL is 52.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Lauderdale, FL have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Lauderdale, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,315

Median Household Income

± $1,643

73.7k

Number of Households

± 1,937

In 2017, the median household income of the 73.7k households in Fort Lauderdale, FL grew to $52,315 from the previous year's value of $51,648.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Lauderdale, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$297,200

2017 Median

± $8,493

$273,400

2016 Median

± $8,603

In 2017, the median property value in Fort Lauderdale, FL grew to to $297,200 from the previous year's value of $273,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Lauderdale, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Lauderdale, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fort Lauderdale, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Lauderdale, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

52.4%

2017 Homeownership

52.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 52.4% of the housing units in Fort Lauderdale, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 52.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Lauderdale, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Lauderdale, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Lauderdale, FL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Lauderdale, FL have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.75% of the workforce in Fort Lauderdale, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.07%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.03%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Lauderdale, FL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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