lauderdale lakes

Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

Lauderdale Lakes is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of 1 July 2006, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 31,879. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.


The city of Lauderdale Lakes was incorporated on 22 June 1961, and was originally popular as a retirement area for Northeasterners, notably New Yorkers who were Jewish. As population in Broward County steadily moved westward and its early residents died toward the end of the twentieth century, Lauderdale Lakes became a predominantly Caribbean and African American community.


Lauderdale Lakes is located at (26.170012, -80.201318). The city is located in central Broward County. It is bordered by the following municipalities:

On its north:
On its west and south:
  On its east:
Oakland Park
On its southeast:
Fort Lauderdale

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of . of it is land and sqmi|sqkm|0}} of it (1.37%) is water.


As of the [[census of 2000, there were 31,705 people, 12,099 households, and 7,743 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,832.1/mi² (3,409.9/km²). There were 14,325 housing units at an average density of 3,990.5/mi²(1,540.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.74% African American or Black (a large part from the Caribbean), 23.96% White (21.2% were Non-Hispanic White,) 1.03% Asian, 0.12% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 5.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.54% of the population.

There were 12,099 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,932, and the median income for a family was $32,641. Males had a median income of $26,087 versus $20,434 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,039. About 19.9% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.9% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, 71.97% of city residents spoke English as their first language, while 14.48% spoke French Creole, 6.66% spoke Spanish, 4.11% were French speakers, and 0.92% of the population spoke Yiddish.

Lauderdale Lakes has a high percentage of West Indian-born population, who are not considered as African-American. In 2000, there were 10,078 people, or 36.3% of the city's population, who were born in the West Indies. Over half of those, 5,312 people, reported Jamaica as their place of birth, accounting for 16.75% of the city's population. Another 3,543 people, 11.17% of the city's population, were born in Haiti.

As of 2000, Lauderdale Lakes was the second most Jamaican-populated area in the US, with 18.60% of the population (the neighborhood of Blue Hills, Connecticut was the only US area that had a higher concentration of Jamaicans, with 23.90% total.) It also had the fifth highest percentage of Haitian residents, with 15.70% of the population.


Until 1998 Lauderdale Lakes was governed by a mayor-council form of government, but elected that year to change to a mayor-commission-manager style of government. The mayor of Lauderdale Lakes is Samuel S. Brown, whose current term ends in 2008, and vice mayor Barrington Russell Sr., whose term ends in 2008.


Lauderdale Lakes is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida-Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish-language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.


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