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Thinking of Moving to Fort Lauderdale?

Discover what living in the gold coast is like.

If you're considering relocating or moving to the Fort Lauderdale area and currently researching various cities around the state of Florida, you've landed in the right place. This page has been assembled to help you gain a top-level overview of the Fort Lauderdale area, what this beautiful beachfront city offers residents in terms of lifestyle, amenities, activities, employment and real estate. We also encourage you to connect with Julie Harris, our Fort Lauderdale relocation expert, as she is glad to answer any questions you may have about the area, including the Fort Lauderdale real estate market, top communities, housing costs and annual living expenses.

About Fort Lauderdale, FL

Located in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale is known for its extensive network of waterfront canals, miles of white sand Atlantic beaches and famous Las Olas Boulevard, which is lined with upscale shoppes, elegant eateries and art galleries. With a population of 183,146 (2022), Fort Lauderdale offers residents a high-quality of life with an average temperature of 75.5' degrees year-round and 246 sunny days each year, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a strong employment market and has recently been recognized by Lend EDU as a "Best Place to Retire" and by TripAdvisor as a "Best Beach in Florida."

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Fort Lauderdale Awards & Accolades

The Fort Lauderdale area commonly receives awards and accolades for its top-rated beaches, quality healthcare and high-quality of life for residents and tourists alike. View recent awards below.

Top Reasons to Relocate to Fort Lauderdale

  1. Fort Lauderdale has Great Beaches
    Hollywood Beach was recently named as the "3rd Best Beach in Florida" by TripAdvisor (2024) and Fort Lauderdale Public Beach was recently recognized as the 9th Best Beach in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Broward county also offers beachgoers many great beach options (with public restrooms and parking) including Deerfield Public Beach, Pompano Public Beach, Dania Public Beach, Hollywood Public Beach and Hallandale Public Beach. There's also great local parks with beachfront to explore such as North Ocean Park and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
  2. Fort Lauderdale is "Best City" to Retire In
    The greater Fort Lauderdale area, with its high-quality of life, waterfront real estate, beautiful white sandy beaches, and World Famous Los Olas Blvd, has long been a popular retirement destination for those relocating to Florida. The City of Fort Lauderdale commonly receives accolades as a Top Florida Retirement destination and was recently named the "3rd Best City to Retire in America" in late 2023 by WalletHub.
  3. Fort Lauderdale Has Top-Rated Healthcare & Hospitals
    The greater Fort Lauderdale area has several top rated hospitals including Cleveland Clinic Florida, Holy Cross Hospital and Memorial Regional Hospital. Recently, US News & World Report ranked Fort Lauderdale's Cleveland Clinic as the #5 overall Best Hospital in the state of Florida. View Cleveland Clinic Rating.
  4. Florida Has No State Income Tax
    As a Floridian, you will definitely appreciate not having to pay a state income tax. In lieu of a state income tax, the state of Florida earns annual revenues from the millions of tourists that visit the state every year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) from revenues on rental properties and hotel visits that are for six months or less. Once you declare Florida as your permanent residence, you will definitely appreciate the many tourists who are paying your share of the state taxes.
  5. Fort Lauderdale is a Top Rated Real Estate Market
    Fort Lauderdale's real estate market has been steadily appreciating in recent years with many persons seeking to relocate to the area. In early June of 2024, the median Fort Lauderdale home price is now $530,356 which represents a 4.6% year-over-year increase. To find out exact housing and living costs, the most popular neighborhoods people are moving into, contact Julie Harris, our Fort Lauderdale relocation expert listed on this page.
  6. Fort Lauderdale Has Strong Employment Market
    Fort Lauderdale's employment market has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate of only 2.5% in 2024. Top sectors in the Ft Lauderdale economy include healthcare, professional services, manufacturing, education, and retail. The largest employers in the greater Fort Lauderdale area include Broward County Public Schools, Broward County Government, Nova Southeastern University, Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System.
  7. A Year-Round Playground for Outdoor Activities
    With an average year-round temperature of 75.5' degrees and 246 sunny days per year, Fort Lauderdale is a top Florida destination for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy activities by land, sea and air. If you enjoy watersport activities, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) through the mangroves or local canals such as Las Olas Isles, Whiskey Creek or the Middle River. By land, play a round of golf or explore our many recreational parks and nature trails. If you're feeling more adventurous, try parasailing or paragliding along the coast.
  8. Fort Lauderdale Offers Endless Events to Explore
    Fort Lauderdale offers a full plate of year-round events to choose from including food festivals, musical performances, car and boat shows and film festivals just to name a few. Popular Fort Lauderdale events include the Las Olas Art Festival, the Florida Renaissance Festival, the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
  9. Fort Lauderdale Has Great Dining & Cuisine Options
    The greater Fort Lauderdale area offers a wide variety of cuisines for all tastes and budgets from casual, pet-friendly sidewalk cafes to fancy, five-star restaurants. There's also a popular scene of craft pubs and beer gardens to check out such as Tap 42, Fat Tap Beer Bar & Eatery, Tarpon River Brewing and The Craft Beer Cartel. Many of these trendy places offer a pet-friendly vibe, live entertainment and some even offer corn hole, darts and foosball while you enjoy a fresh, locally-crafted brew and local eats.
  10. Many Wildlife, Parks & Nature Trails to Explore
    The Fort Lauderdale area offers miles of natural Florida beauty and wildlife to explore via local state parks including Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and the Stunson Nature Trail. The nearby Florida Everglades State Park, which spans more than 2,400 square miles, provides for bicycling, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, slough slogging, wildlife viewing, nature trails, and guided tours.

Julie Harris


Your Fort Lauderdale Relocation Expert


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The Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market

Market outlook, trends and relocation advice by Julie Harris.

The Fort Lauderdale real estate market continues to see strong housing demand in the first half of 2024, which is keeping available inventory constrained, but not nearly as extreme as was during the market peak. Housing inventory in Broward County still remains low at a 3 month supply of homes which is keeping home prices near record levels. For homes in high-demand areas, we are once again experiencing multiple offers taking place, near or slightly above ask price, but again, nowhere near the level we experienced during the market peak.

Fort Lauderdale Housing Market Outlook

According to the latest Fed meeting, it appears that inflation has now cooled as a result of the Fed’s many rate increases over the past two years, but still not at their target level. When the Fed finally does begin to lower rates, either late in 2024 or early 2025, my forecast for the Fort Lauderdale market is that there will likely be a jump in buyer activity and increased competition at that time.

Market Trends I'm Observing

We continue to see a significant amount of cash buyers in the Fort Lauderdale market. Nearly one third of single family homes and over half of condo-townhome are currently sold to cash buyers. We are also noticing where a larger number of sellers are willing to offer concessions to buy down credits for buyers.

My Relocation Advice

When considering relocating to the Fort Lauderdale area, first and foremost, you will need a real estate pro to help guide you through the home buying process. There are various real estate markets throughout the Fort Lauderdale area, each with their own little nuances, and some of these areas/neighborhoods are seeing more activity than others. It’s no secret that we have had a lot of people coming from higher priced and cost of living markets moving to Florida. If you are planning to get a loan for your purchase, you will also want to get connected with a local loan officer who can review all your documents and get you initially underwritten to allow a short loan approval contingency. If you are planning to pay cash, make sure you have all the funds easily accessible and ready to go. If you are not in the area to see the property in person, video and virtual tours are available. As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have!

Fort Lauderdale Relocation Reviews:

Read what Julie's past clients are saying.

  • "I would recommend Julie to any out-of-towner looking to purchase property in Florida ( I am from NY). She was always very responsive to requests and constant communication made me feel that she valued my time and was sympathetic to the geographic distance between us. She made the entire process very easy and enjoyable!"
    Rose L.
    Home Buyer
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  • "Julie went above and beyond the call of duty to find me the perfect home! She spent over a year working for me while I was attempting to relocate to South Florida. I know there is not a realtor out there who will work as hard, or care as much for you and your home search. Thank you Julie!"
    Jay T.
    Home Buyer
  • "From our first telephone conversation, Julie showed interest in my needs and listened to all my requests and the things I wanted. She takes a genuine interest in her clients, her attention to detail is great, very thorough and hands on. She's fantastic!"
    Kelli M.
    Home Buyer

Map of the Fort Lauderdale Area

The following map overviews the Fort Lauderdale area and shows how residents enjoy waterfront living year-round. Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport, the local beaches and popular shopping destinations have been marked for your convenience.

Your Guide to Fort Lauderdale Real Estate, Beaches, Area Attractions & Employment

Fort Lauderdale Real Estate

Below are the best neighborhoods and top communities in the Fort Lauderdale area that people are moving to.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods

  • Victoria Park
  • Rio Vista
  • City View
  • Sunrise Key
  • Riverside Park
  • Poinciana Park

Top Communities in North Fort Lauderdale

  • Pompano Beach
  • Deerfield Beach
  • Heron Bay
  • Coral Springs
  • Parkland
  • Tamarac

Top Communities in West Fort Lauderdale

  • Weston
  • Sunrise
  • Pine Island Ridge
  • Plantation
  • Davie
  • Southwest Ranches

Top Communities in South Fort Lauderdale

  • Hallandale Beach
  • Hollywood
  • West Park
  • Dania Beach
  • Pembroke Pines
  • Miramar

Top Waterfront Communities in Fort Lauderdale

  • Sunrise Key
  • Riviera Isles
  • Hendricks
  • Lauderdale Harbours
  • Harbour Beach
  • Venice Isles

Top Golf Communities in Fort Lauderdale

  • Boca Woods Country Club
  • Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club
  • The Enclave at Coral Ridge Country Club
  • Orangebrook Golf & Country Club
  • The Club at Weston Hills
  • Jacaranda Golf Club

Fort Lauderdale Area Beaches

Fort Lauderdale has multiple area beaches which are just a short communte from Downtown. Nearby public parking and restrooms are available for all beachgoers.

  • Fort Lauderdale Public Beach
  • Lauderdale By-The-Sea Beach
  • Deerfield Public Beach
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Dania Beach
  • Pompano Public Beach
  • North Ocean Park
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
  • Hallandale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Area Shopping Centers

The Fort Lauderdale area has a handful of popular indoor shopping malls and open-air town centers with all your favorite brands.

Fort Lauderdale Employers

Fort Lauderdale is home to many of the top and best employers in Broward County, and many are headquartered here locally. Listed below are the top and largest employers in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Top Medical & Healthcare Companies in Fort Lauderdale

  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Broward Health
  • Health System One
  • Mednax

Top Technology Companies in Fort Lauderdale

  • Citrix Systems
  • Ultimate Software
  • Modernizing Medicine
  • Magic Leap
  • Global Technologies
  • TEK Systems

Top Financial Services Companies in Fort Lauderdale

  • Peoples Trust Insurance Co.
  • Tropical Financial CU
  • American Express
  • Northwestern Mutual

Top Business Solution Companies in Fort Lauderdale

  • Engage PEO
  • Arise Virtual Solutions Inc
  • Advensus
  • Tek Partners
  • ERP Maestro

Top Manufacturing Companies in Fort Lauderdale

  • Bosch
  • Stretch Wrap Packaging
  • Motorola
  • Tyco Fire and Security
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Largest Employers in Broward County

The following includes both private and public sector employers.
  • Broward County Public Schools
  • Broward County Government
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • First Service Residential
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • JAE Restaurant Group
  • Broward Health
  • City of Fort Lauderdale
  • City of Hollywood
  • Spirit Airlines
  • City of Hollywood
  • Q Link Wireless
  • Ultimate Software
  • FM Family Enterprises
  • Castle Group
  • City of Miramar
  • City of Pembroke Pines
  • Broward College
  • Balanace Professional
  • Signature Consultants
  • Complete Property Maintenance
  • Rick Case Automotive Group
  • CSI International
  • People's Trust Insurance Co.

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