Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

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Location of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Broward County, Florida
Location of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Broward County, Florida
Coordinates: 26°11′22″N 80°5′52″W / 26.18944°N 80.09778°W / 26.18944; -80.09778Coordinates: 26°11′22″N 80°5′52″W / 26.18944°N 80.09778°W / 26.18944; -80.09778
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Broward
Settled 1924
Incorporated (first) 30 November 1927
Incorporated (second) 30 November 1947
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Scot Sasser
 • Town Manager Connie Hoffmann
 • Town 1.57 sq mi (4.064 km2)
 • Land 0.876 sq mi (2.268 km2)
 • Water 0.694 sq mi (1.796 km2)  44.2%
Elevation 3 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Town 6,056
 • Density 3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)
 • Metro 5,564,635
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33308 and 33062
Area code(s) 754, 954
FIPS code 12-39475[2]
GNIS feature ID 0285367[3]

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a town in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,056. It is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is located at 26°11′22″N 80°5′52″W / 26.18944°N 80.09778°W / 26.18944; -80.09778 (26.189561, -80.097756).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.57 square miles (4 km2). 0.876 square miles (2 km2) of it is land and 0.694 square miles (2 km2) of it (44.2%) is water.

The south part of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is situated between Fort Lauderdale and Sea Ranch Lakes, while the north half borders Pompano Beach. The town is on land that is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway (spanned by drawbridges), stretching approximately one-half dozen city blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered on the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The main industry is tourism; the town has many hotels, motels, and residences used especially during the winter by visitors. At the ocean end of Commercial Boulevard is a long wooden fishing pier. The south side of the pier is a popular scuba diving and snorkeling location.[5] The town also annexed the previously unincorporated neighborhood of Terra Mar and its sub-neighborhood Bel-Air.


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Demographics
2010 Census Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Broward County Florida
Total population 6,056 1,748,066 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +136.3% +7.7% +17.6%
Population density 6,916.1/sq mi 1,444.9/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 96.3% 63.1% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 88.2% 43.5% 57.9%
Black or African-American 1.2% 26.7% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 8.8% 25.1% 22.5%
Asian 0.8% 3.2% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 0.9% 2.9% 2.5%
Some Other Race 0.7% 3.7% 3.6%

As of 2010, there were 6,563 households out of which 45.2% were vacant. In 2000, 7.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.2% were non-families. 50.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.68 and the average family size was 2.38.

In 2000, the town the population was spread out with 8.0% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 33.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $38,804, and the median income for a family was $56,010. Males had a median income of $41,424 versus $26,591 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,216. About 3.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, before Terra Mar was annexed to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, speakers of English as their first language were at 88.51%, while 5.01% spoke Spanish as theirs. Other mother tongues included German at 3.34%, Italian at 1.67%, and French at 1.46% of all residents.[6]

As of 2000, Terra Mar, now part of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, accounted for speakers of English as a first language at 80.88%, while both French and Spanish were tied at 5.83%, Italian consisted of 3.42%, German made up 3.21%, and Arabic comprised 0.80% of residents.[7]


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market[8] and the seventeenth largest television market[9] 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. There are currently no newspapers based in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea although the neighboring Pompano Pelican covers the community. The longtime local weekly newspaper, By The Sea Times, ceased publication two years ago. It recently re-launched in a digital version and another recently launched website,, focuses on local entertainment, events and fun things to do in the area.


  1. ^ "Census Summary File 1, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL, town:2010". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Fort Lauderdale Scuba Diving Beach Dive Site | LBS Shipwreck Snorkel Trail". Sink, Florida, Sink!. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  7. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Terra Mar, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 Radio Markets Ranked By Metro 12+ Population, Spring 2005". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 

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