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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale Florida
Administration
Full nameUnited States
Official nameFort Lauderdale
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyBroward
EstablishedMarch 27, 1911
Government
TypeCommission-Manager
MayorJack Seiler
Geography
Total Area36.0 sq mi (93.2 km2)
Land Area31.7 sq mi (82.1 km2)
Water Area4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
Elevation9 ft (2.7 m)
Demography
Total Population165,521 (141st) (2010)
Metro (pop.)5564635
Other information
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code33301-33340, 33345-33349
Area code754, 954
FIPS code12-24000 
GNIS feature ID0282693 

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Fort Lauderdale c-enˌfɔərt_ˈlɔːdərdeɪl is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.

The city is a popular tourist destination, with 10.35 million visitors in 2006. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the "Venice of America" because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards in 2006. The city sits 23 mi (37 km) north of Miami. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area hosted over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs in 2006.

Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" were constructed; the first was at the fork of the New River, the second at Tarpon Bend on the new River between the Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.


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