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7 Reasons to Move to Greater Fort Lauderdale

There's so much to adore about this surprisingly affordable region in South Florida.

By Livability on October 13, 2021

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sure, many people move to sunny South Florida to enjoy their golden years. But Greater Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer for all ages. Check out these 7 reasons you should consider this stunning region as your next home.

1. Your dollars go further here.

Not only is there no state income tax in Florida, but housing in Fort Lauderdale is more affordable compared to places like New York City and Los Angeles. According to SmartAsset’s cost of living calculator, housing costs are 36% higher in New York and 12% higher in Los Angeles.

2. You will feel welcome.

The region extends a welcoming hand to everyone. More than 100 languages are spoken here, and six of its communities were named to Niche’s 2020 ranking of the Most Diverse Suburbs in Florida. Broward County’s population is 35% white, 28% Black, 31% Hispanic and 4% Asian. TravelPulse recently named Greater Fort Lauderdale one of the Top 4 Places for LGBTQ+ Travelers Post-COVID.

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

3. Naturally, you’ll love the outdoors.

The average year-round temperature in Fort Lauderdale is 75.5 degrees. The region offers access to 23 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the “Yachting Capital of the World,” Fort Lauderdale has 100 marinas that house more than 40,000 private yachts. Broward County is home to more than 50 regional parks, neighborhood parks and natural areas that total more than 6,500 acres.

4. Speaking of nature, it is protected here.

Broward County has nearly 40 designated conservation areas. Among them are Everglades Buffer Strip North, Fern Forest Nature Center, Red Lichen Preserve, Tall Cypress Natural Area and Tree Tops Park.

a delicious shrimp dish
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

5. Did we mention the fantastic food?

When you’re ready for a fun night out, or an unforgettable lunch (or brunch) with friends, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from. There are over 4,000 restaurants and 100 nightclubs in the Fort Lauderdale area.

6. Your educational options are endless.

If you are looking to advance your education, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the place. There are over 35 colleges and universities within a 30-mile radius. Together, these institutions enroll approximately 375,000 students. Higher learning institutions with campuses in the region include Broward College, City College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University.

7. This region’s a real page-turner.

You’re going to need a good book while lounging on the beach. Broward County Library (BCL) has 38 branch locations, making it one of the largest public library systems in the United States. Plus, BCL hosts more than 10 million visitors and circulates 9 million items annually.

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