Nestled close to the center of Broward County, North Lauderdale is compact. The city includes just shy of five square miles. Less than one percent of the area is covered by water. Modern landscaping lines the streets that are now home to modern-looking houses and professional buildings. The mix of nature with many splashes of sophisticated architecture has created an attractive sight for residents and visitors.
The original idea was for North Lauderdale to be the sight of “The City of Tomorrow.” A famous hotel architect named Morris Lapidus coined that term for the city. When the city was incorporated in 1963, the number of residents only hovered around 1,000. Along with an annual Christmas party put on by City Hall, several traditional celebrations have been started within the city to commemorate certain holidays.
In North Lauderdale, females comprise 52 percent of the population that is currently just north of 40,000 residents. The population has consistently been growing by more than 20 percent from one decade to the next. At the time of the 2010 census, more than half of the residents were African American and about a third were Caucasian. Almost half of the current population is now foreign-born, with Latin America being the most common foreign country that residents have moved from.
The unemployment rate in North Lauderdale has been on a steady decline in the past decade at a rate that has mirrored the rate of the country as a whole. In 2010, the unemployment rate was over 10 percent. Now, that mark is less than four percent. About 75 percent of the working population has full-time employment. With several other economic trends closely resembling national averages, the economy of this diverse city has been considered a microcosm of the United States.