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Fort Lauderdale Florida: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

Fort Lauderdale is the county seat of the Broward County in Florida. Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination. It is the largest city in the Miami area. It is 36.31 square miles in size. It has a tropical rainforest climate, with rainfall happening from May to October. The weather usually is warm and sunny.

Fort Lauderdale Florida overview

Fort Lauderdale, Florida has a population of 178,752 formed by 48 neighborhoods. The majority population (28%) is those in the age group of 35 to 54. There are 73,315 homes and apartments in the city. The median value of homes in the city is $330,741, which is high for the state of Florida, and very high for the country. It is an expensive city for real estate as compared to cities in the USA.

34.9% of the population are college graduates. The per capita income of Fort Lauderdale is $38,099 which is higher than the US average. The median income level of $51,648 though is lower than the US average. Those below the poverty line constituted 19.5% of the total population.

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The major employers in Fort Lauderdale regarding industry sector were Retail (11.3%), Hospitality (11.1%) and Healthcare (10.7%). The city has an equal number of blue-collar and white-collar workers, with most people working in sales and office jobs. The majority of people use public transport for commuting.

Regarding race and ethnicity, the majority of the population (48.4%) were Whites, 16.9% were from Hispanic origin. English is the most common language in Fort Lauderdale, followed by Spanish and French. Around 23.7% of the residents of Fort Lauderdale were born outside the USA.


Fort Lauderdale Florida key crime statistics

Fort Lauderdale has a crime index of 2, on a scale of 1-100, where one is the most unsafe and 100 the safest. The city is 2% safer than other cities in the US. There were a total of 11,933 crimes committed, and the crime rate was 66.76 per 1000 residents. The crime rate is very high compared to other communities. It has a 97% higher crime rate as compared to other cities.

A comparison of violent crimes committed in Fort Lauderdale with Florida shows that the crime rate of 6.52 per 1000 of Fort Lauderdale was significantly higher than the Florida average of 4.3 per 1000. A citizen has a 1 in 153 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, which is much more than the rest of the state.

Assault was the major violent crime committed in Fort Lauderdale, with a rate of 3.28 per 1000, which is much higher than the United States average of 2.49 per 1000.

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The property crime rate of Fort Lauderdale is a whopping 60.23 per 1000, which is extremely high compared to the Florida average of 26.87 per 1000. You have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Fort Lauderdale, which is much higher than the state average. The major property crime was theft, which had an incidence rate of 44.62 per 1000, which is again very high than the US average of 17.45 per 1000.

The crime per square mile of Fort Lauderdale is 335 per square mile, which is very much higher than the Florida data of 62 per square mile.


The analysis of the crime data shows that Fort Lauderdale is an extremely unsafe city to live in. The crime index of 2 shows that the city is the second most dangerous city in the USA. Violent crimes as well as property crimes as very high. It also has a high murder rate compared to most cities in the country. Your probability of being a victim of a crime is very high.

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