City (pop., 2000: 152,397), southeastern Florida, U.S. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean, 25 mi (40 km) north of Miami. A fort built there in 1838 gave its name to the town, which was established in 1895 and later developed as a shipping and commercial centre and residential resort. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is connected to the city's deepwater port, Port Everglades. The city is interlaced with recreational waterways and has extensive boating facilities, which have given rise to a marine industry.
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There were 862 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.7% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.69.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 14.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 33.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,276, and the median income for a family was $38,897. Males had a median income of $36,086 versus $30,769 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,901. About 5.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, English as a first language accounted for 75.54% of all residents, while Spanish accounted for 10.21%, French made up 8.35%, Italian was at 4.02%, and Hebrew was the mother tongue of 1.85% of the population.