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Interesting Facts About Fort Lauderdale

20 Interesting Facts About Fort Lauderdale

Facts About Fort Lauderdale

  1. Fort Lauderdale is the county seat and largest city in Broward County with an estimated population of 182,760, as of 2020, making it the tenth-largest city in Florida.
  2. Fort Lauderdale was incorporated as a city in 1911 and has a population of around 180,000.
  3. Fort Lauderdale is home to the largest number of recreational boats per capita in the United States.
  4. Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War.
  5. Fort Lauderdale is home to the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, which is a 35-acre estate that features a historic house, tropical gardens, and a nature trail.
  6. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, the younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale.
  7. Fort Lauderdale is Known as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale has 165 miles of inland waterways across the city.
  8. Fort Lauderdale has nearly 250 days of sunshine per year and a yearly average of 74.45°F.
  9. The city is also home to the Stranahan House, which is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  10. The city is home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a professional soccer team that plays in the North American Soccer League.
  11. Fort Lauderdale has a diversified economy including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, avionics/aerospace, film, and television production.
  12. Fort Lauderdale has 23 incredible miles of beaches crammed into 38.6 square miles, making the city around 2/3rds beach.
  13. The Fort Lauderdale area was known as the “New River Settlement” before the 20th century.
  14. Fort Lauderdale has a total area of 38.6 square miles, 34.7 square miles of which is land and 3.8 square miles of which is water.
  15. Fort Lauderdale is also known as the yachting capital of the world.
  16. The city is also home to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is the 21st busiest airport in the United States.
  17. The city is also home to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which is the largest in-water boat show in the world.
  18. Fort Lauderdale is home to the Port Everglades, which is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world.
  19. Fort Lauderdale’s sister cities are Agogo, Ghana; Horizonte, Brazil; Cap-Haïtien, Haiti; Duisburg, Germany; Gold Coast, Australia; Haifa, Israel; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Mar del Plata, Argentina; Margarita Island, Venezuela; Mataró, Spain; Medellín, Colombia; Muğla, Turkey; Panama City, Panama; Quepos, Costa Rica; Rimini, Italy; La Romana, Dominican Republic & São Sebastião, Brazil.
  20. Fort Lauderdale was featured in a popular 1960s movie, “Where the Boys Are”.
Interesting Facts About Fort Lauderdale
Interesting Facts About Fort Lauderdale