A Note from Visit Lauderdale President and CEO Stacy Ritter


Stacy Ritter

Greater Fort Lauderdale has a long history of supporting civil rights and equality. Our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all visitors is, and will continue to be, unwavering. As a diverse and welcoming community, we respect all people, no matter who you are, who you love, or what you believe in. We are a community open to all — welcoming everyone under the sun with open hearts and minds. I invite you to immerse yourself in our 31 distinct communities, each indicative of the 170 nations represented in a place I’ve personally called home for almost five decades. And when you do, you’ll experience a place that’s rich in resilience, deep in diversity and strong on supporting one another.

Interesting Facts

  • 147 languages spoken in Greater Fort Lauderdale households
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale residents hail from 170 countries
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale is recognized as Florida’s LGBT+ Capital and as one of the most progressive destinations in the U.S.
  • Broward County is the 23rd most diverse county out of 3,143 counties in the United States (U.S. 2020 Census Diversity Index). 
  • According to the 2022 Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index (MEI), which examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are of LGBT+ people who live and work there, the following Greater Fort Lauderdale cities received a perfect score:
    • Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Oakland Park and Wilton Manors


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