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Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

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Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, 28 miles (45 km) north of Miami. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,521 in 2010. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people in the 2015 census. The city is a popular tourist destination, with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Greater Fort Lauderdale, encompassing all of Broward County, hosted 12 million visitors in 2012, including 2.8 million international visitors. In 2012, the county collected $43.9 million from the 5% hotel tax it charges, after hotels in the area recorded an occupancy rate for the year of 72.7 percent and an average daily rate of $114.48. The district has 561 hotels and motels comprising nearly 35,000 rooms. Forty-six cruise ships sailed from Port Everglades in 2012. Greater Fort Lauderdale has over 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 16 museums, 132 nightclubs, 278 parkland campsites, and 100 marinas housing 45,000 resident yachts. Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale. William Lauderdale was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" were constructed: the first was at the fork of the New River, the second was at Tarpon Bend on the New River between the present-day Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third was near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.

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Agism is rampant in South Florida probably due to the amount of retirees. It is sad to see so many talented seniors who are passed over because of their age. South Florida tends to have a high cost of living and salaries are very low, perhaps one of the lowest in the nation.
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Activities for older adults. Beach. Transportation is a little less age friendly. Limited access to services and unruly traffic, very dangerous. There are volunteer programs to assist elderly with rides.
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This neighborhood is a very LGBT accepting place to live.
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I live in a 55+ community association and we are all friendly people. We watch out for one another, help when needed. The majority of the homeowners are over 55 and careful about the safety of our community.
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It's a lot of living facilities in the area the city really take care of their elderly. Everything's accessible as if the city was made for the comfort of the elderly living

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How did Florida earn the grade of A? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Florida has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Florida does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Florida has an effective property tax rate of 1.02%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Florida earned its state tax grade of A.

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