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Fort Lauderdale Renters Among Least Satisfied In Country, Study Finds

Fort Lauderdale renters aren’t too happy about life in our little piece of paradise.

Fort Lauderdale has some of the least satisfied renters in the country, according to a new study by Apartment List, a company that helps renters find places to live. The city ranked 86th out of the 100 cities listed in the study.

"Fort Lauderdale renters are very unsatisfied with their city, especially with access to recreational activities," Andrew Tam, vice president of data science at Apartment List, said. "The U.S. renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Fort Lauderdale receives low grades in the categories that matter the most to this important demographic."

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The survey was created using responses from 18,000 renters nationwide. Renters were asked about their satisfaction with the local economy, safety/crime rate, access to recreational activities, quality of schools, taxes and daily commute.

The survey found that the strongest predictor of city satisfaction was confidence in the local economy, followed by safety and crime rates. Fort Lauderdale received a “C” in economy and a “C+” in safety and crime rate.

Fort Lauderdale ranked lowest in access to recreational activities, earning a failing grade, and ranked highest in renters who plan on owning a home.

Renters in Plano, Texas; Boston; and Arlington, Virginia, had the highest city satisfaction in the country. Those in Newark, New Jersey; New Haven, Connecticut; and Bridgeport, Connecticut, had the lowest.