South Florida is a lot like Houston in terms of weather, location, population, traffic & urban life. How you like Ft Lauderdale will probably depend on where you decide to live. As you go south towards Miami the population becomes more hispanic with Cubans being the majority. North toward West Palm Beach you find northerners with people from NY outnumbering everybody. East, along the beach is the tourist area. Hollywood is popular with French Canadians. Western Broward is expanding fast with new buildings to handle the rapid growth from all the people who move here. Most are very affordable and safe. but commuting is tough, try to find a place near where you work. Generally speaking, the closer to the beach the better the neighborhood but the higher the rent.
My advice; Come visit for a few days & see it for yourself.