Fort Lauderdale is a city in the southern tip of Florida. It is known for its intricate and expansive canal system, and is called the "Venice of America" because of it. Fort Lauderdale is the county seat of Broward County, and the major city of the South Florida metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 5,413,212. The city's total area is 36 square miles, with 4.3 square miles of water.
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According to the 2000 official census, Fort Lauderdale has an estimated population of 152,397 people. It has a population density of 4,803.1 people per square mile. The city has a significantly high proportion of its population as foreign-born residents. Roughly 21.7% of the population is foreign born, with that population mainly from Latin America and Europe.
The city's health insurance and life insurance depend heavily on available medical care. The North Broward Hospital District, the nation's 3rd largest hospital consortium, serves the city. It operates the Broward General Medical Center and Imperial Point Medical Center. The Chris Evert Children's Hospital and Heart Center of Excellence also are in the area.
Fort Lauderdale home insurance relies on the weather. The city has a true tropical rain forest climate. The summers are humid and hot. The winters are dry and warm. Cold fronts come in from November to March, but monthly temperatures rarely, if ever, drop below 64.4 Fahrenheit. The hurricane and wet season usually coincide from May to October.
The road and highway conditions and availability influence auto insurance. Three major interstates (I-75, I-95, I-595) and three U.S. highways (U.S. 1, U.S. 27, and U.S. 441) serve the city. Florida's Turnpike and State Highway 869 also run through the area.