Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 6,664 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is the 256th largest community in Florida.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Lauderdale-by-the-Sea real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea who work in management occupations (26.97%), sales jobs (15.12%), and office and administrative support (12.88%).
Also of interest is that Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.01% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
One of the nice things about Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.46% of adults in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in 2018 was $72,068, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $288,272 for a family of four. However, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.94% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.19%.
The most common language spoken in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.