Best Cities 2010: Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Best Cities 2010: Fort Lauderdale, FL

The yachting capitol of the world is also home to 505,600 acres of Everglades

City: Fort Lauderdale

State: Florida

Best Cities Overall Rank: 92

About Fort Lauderdale:

Greater Fort Lauderdale houses the world’s largest discount mall, Sawgrass Mills. With 40,000 yachts in the harbor, it has been called the yachting capital of the world.

There are 505,600 acres of Everglades in the area.

County: Broward

Population: 183126

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Sun-Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale blogs:

Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap
Moms & Dads


Fort Lauderdale‘s Facebook page: Follow Fort Lauderdale on Facebook

Fort Lauderdale’s Twitter page: Follow Fort Lauderdale on Twitter


Education rank:75

High School graduation rate 2008: 69.3%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.09

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.54

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17.30

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,166


Health rank: 36

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.54

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 73

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,628

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 889.01

Sex Offenders: 495

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 270.31


Economy rank: 90

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 24.7

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.2

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1149.56

Median Home Sale Price: $226,200

5-Year Home Value Index: -8.21%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 53.93%

Recreation Rank: 89

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 693

Parkland per 100,000: 378.43

Photo courtesy of Bastique