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Fort Lauderdale (pronounced /ˌfɔrt ˈlɔːdərdeɪl/ (deprecatit template)) is a ceety in the U.S. state o Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the coonty seat o Broward Coonty. Accordin tae 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the ceety haed a population o 183,606. It is a principal ceety o the Sooth Florida metropolitan aurie, which is hame tae ower 5,413,212 fowk.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ceety o Fort Lauderdale
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Banner o Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Offeecial seal o Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Nickname(s): Venice o Americae
Map of Florida highlighting Fort Lauderdale.svg
U.S. Census Bureau cairt
U.S. Census Bureau cairt
Coordinates: 26°8′N 80°9′W / 26.133°N 80.150°W / 26.133; -80.150Coordinates: 26°8′N 80°9′W / 26.133°N 80.150°W / 26.133; -80.150
Kintra  Unitit States o Americae
State  Florida
Coonty Logo of Broward County, Florida.svg Broward
Established Mairch 27, 1911
 • Teep Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Jack Seiler
 • Vice Mayor Robert L. McKinzie[1]
 • Commissioners Bruce G. Roberts, Dean J. Trantalis, and Romney Rogers[2]
 • Ceety Manager Lee R. Feldman[3]
 • Ceety Clerk Arleen Gross[4]
 • Ceety 99.9 km2 (38.6 sq mi)
 • Laund 90.0 km2 (34.7 sq mi)
 • Watter 9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)  9.87%
Elevation[6] 2.75 m (9 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Ceety 172,389 (US: 132nt)
 • Density 1,838.3/km2 (4,761/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,762,717 (US: 8t)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Simmer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33301, 33304-33306, 33308-33309, 33312-33313, 33315-33316, 33334, 33394[7]
Aurie code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-24000
GNIS featur ID 0282693[8]

The ceety is a popular tourist destination, wi 10.35 million visitors in 2006.[9] Fort Lauderdale is sometimes kent as the "Venice o Americae"[10] acause o its expansive an intricate canal seestem. The ceety is a major yachtin center, wi 42,000 resident yachts an 100 marinas an boatyards in 2006.[9] The ceety sits 23 miles north o Miami. Fort Lauderdale an the surroondin aurie host ower 4,000 restaurants an 120 nichtclubs in 2006.[9]

Fort Lauderdale is named efter a series o forts built bi the Unitit States durin the Seicont Seminole War. The forts teuk their name frae Major William Lauderdale, who wis the commander o the detachment o sodgers who built the first fort. Housomeivver, development o the ceety did no begin till 50 years efter the forts wur abandoned at the end o the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" wur constructit; the first wis at the fork o the New River, the seicont at Tarpon Bend, in what is nou kent as the Sailboat Bend neighborhuid, an the third near the site o the Bahia Mar Marina.[11]


  1. "City of Fort Lauderdale, FL: Vice Mayor Robert L. McKinzie". Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  2. "City of Fort Lauderdale, FL: City Commission". Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  3. "City of Fort Lauderdale, FL : About the City Manager's Office". Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  4. "City of Fort Lauderdale, FL : Board and Committee Information". Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  5. "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  6. "Fort Lauderdale, United States Page". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  7. "Fort Lauderdale, Florida Zip Code Boundary Map (FL)". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  8. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Greater Fort Lauderdale 2006 Statistics" (Press release). Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. March 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  10. "About Fot Lauderdale". City of Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  11. "Old Fort Lauderdale Museum-Sneak Preview". Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Archived frae the oreeginal on July 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-17.