Fort Lauderdale, Florida Information
Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911 and became the county seat of Broward County in 1915. Because of the 1960 movie Where the Boys Are, it became associated with the college spring break beach scene. However, it is now no longer the spring break destination it once was. It is more a tourist destination, a yachting center with 50,000 registered yachts, and a port for many cruise ships. Called the “Venice of America” because of its 300 miles of inland canals, it has 23 miles of beaches and is on the western corner of the Bermuda Triangle. Known for an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, there was actually some snowfall in the city in 1977.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Details
Fort Lauderdale was named after three forts built in the area during the second Seminole War that lasted from 1835 to 1842. The forts themselves were named after William Lauderdale, the commander of the first fort. The Seminole Wars were between the United States and several Native American tribes that the United States lumped together and called Seminoles. The issue was the expansion of white settlers into Florida, and the attempt to restrict the Indians to the reservation and then move them west. The city was established 50 years after the forts were abandoned.
The original inhabitants of the Fort Lauderdale area were the Tequesta Indians who lived there for two thousand years. Between conflict with the Calusa and the smallpox brought by the Spanish explorers, the Tequesta were virtually wiped out by 1763, when they moved to Cuba after Spain ceded Florida to Britain. After that the area was under the control of the United States, then the Confederate States of America, and finally back to the United States. However, real development did not start until 1896 after the completion of the Florida East Coast Railroad.
Population and Real Estate Facts and Figures
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city has a population of 165,521 living in 73,446 households. Among the population, 85.9 percent have a high school degree or higher, and 34.9 percent have a Bachelors degree or higher. The median household income in the city is $50,778 and the per capita income is $36,777.
The city has 93,159 housing units and 52.3 percent were owner-occupied in April 2010. From 2011 to 2015, the median value was $255,600 for owner-occupied housing. The median monthly cost of that housing with a mortgage was $1,876 in the same time period. The median monthly cost of that housing without a mortgage was $737 in the same time period. The median gross rent was $1,087 a month in that time period.
Places to See and Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is a resort town with 23 miles of beaches and opportunities to go scuba diving in a coral reef, take a gondola on the canals, go sailing on a yacht, or take a cruise. There is shopping and fine dining. You can also take a drive along the coast on SR A1A.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, located at 907 Hillsboro Mile in Hillsboro Beach, is an iron frame tower lighthouse built in 1907. It is 147 feet tall and has a range of 28 nautical miles.
Butterfly World, located at 3600 West Sample Road in Coconut Creek, is a botanical garden with a variety of plants selected to support a large population of butterflies and birds. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
Esplanade Park, located at 400 SW 2nd Street, is part of the Riverwalk Park route. It offers waterfront gardens, a pavilion, and outdoor events. It is open 24 hours a day. The full Riverwalk Park route runs along the New River through downtown. It also offers many outdoor events.
Flamingo Garden, located at 3750 South Flamingo Road in Davie, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Florida. It is a one-and-a-half-acre park with wetlands, a citrus grove, river otter and bobcat habitats, a crocodile lagoon, and a free-flight aviary area. During the summer, it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. During the winter it is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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