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Quality of Life

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beachwalkFrom the blue wave beaches to the exotic Everglades, from the winding waterways to the chic ease of Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale is a city comfortable with its reputation for being a paradise. The average daily temperature is 77 degrees in the winter and 89 degrees in the summer. Outdoor activities are endless, with golf courses, parks, playgrounds, miles of coral reefs, and plenty of sunshine. Boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and cruising are recreational activities enjoyed by residents, tourists, and business travelers.

Major league sporting team action is just a short drive away.

Comprehensive Health Care

motherA comprehensive network of public and private hospitals serves Fort Lauderdale. Among the area’s 24 hospitals are nationally-recognized leaders in cardiovascular medicine, childcare, sports medicine and rehabilitation. The area also offers wellness programs, nursing homes, hospices and mental health facilities, along with over 2,900 physicians and 25,000 nurses. Broward General Medical Center completed a major 400,000 square foot expansion, including a new emergency department and trauma center with rooftop helipad, critical care units, an outpatient imaging center and more.

A Strong Commitment to Public Schools

The Broward County Public School District  is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. As part of a multi-billion dollar capital improvement program, a significant number of new schools have been built and many schools received needed improvements.

Broward County school leaders are building a state-of-the-art infrastructure that is redefining the scope of education. The school district provides on-time, on-demand staff development courses to 17,000 teachers.

Fort Lauderdale offers an abundance of opportunity for higher education. Campuses for Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Florida International University (FIU) and Broward College are located in downtown. Both FAU and FIU rank among the nation’s top 300 universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s Annual Survey of America’s Best Colleges.

Broward County is served by 37 public libraries.