Introduction to Coral Gables, Florida

The Florida city of Coral Gables, situated just a few miles southwest of Miami, is part of Miami-Dade County. Incorporated in 1925, Coral Gables was created as a fully-planned community by George Merrick, who envisioned an upscale Miami suburb with large elements of Mediterranean-style architecture to highlight the region's Spanish influence. Since that time, Coral Gables has thrived, experiencing continuous growth over the past several decades to become an affluent present-day city well known for its unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and live theater performances.

Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami, one of the nation's top academic and athletic institutions. The city is served by Miami International Airport, located only four miles away.

Places of Interest in Coral Gables

Only a short drive from downtown Miami, Coral Gables offers plenty to do. Fans of Mediterranean architecture should make it a point to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in the early 1900s. The European-inspired estate includes a Main House looking much as it did when it was built, ten acres of gardens, and an historic village. The Biltmore Hotel, a monument to the architectural style envisioned by the city's founder, is also unchanged from when it was built in the early 1900s. Coral Gables City Hall is another impressive building, with a distinctive portico and beautiful wall murals. Other cultural sites include the Coral Gables Merrick House, Casa Bacardi and the Lowe Art Museum.

The Venetian Pool, a popular local attraction built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is spring-fed and surrounded by waterfalls, grottos and coral caves. The Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden features tropical plants, flowers, trails and educational programs and shows. Other attractions include the Coral Way scenic drive, the DeSoto Fountain, the John C. Gifford Arboretum, Matheson Hammock Park and the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. Shopping and dining in Coral Gables are first-rate. The Miracle Mile and the Village of Merrick Park both offer world-class boutiques, galleries, antique shopping and world-class dining options.

Sports fans in Coral Gables have the choice of watching first-rate collegiate athletics right in their own backyard, or traveling the very short distance to Miami to witness some major league professional action. The University of Miami is known for its highly successful athletic programs, its Hurricanes having won the College Baseball World Series four times (1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001) and the NCAA national football championship five times (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001). Two of college football's Heisman Trophy winners have graduated from the University of Miami, and three of its former players are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If it's pro sports you like, then Miami fills the bill nicely. The National Basketball Association's Miami Heat play there, as do the National Football League's Dolphins. Major League Baseball fans can cheer on the Florida Marlins and hockey aficionados can watch the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. Horseracing fans can visit two well-known tracks: Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park.

Last but not least, if there is one sport predominantly associated with Coral Gables, it would be golf. The Biltmore Golf Course, one of many is the city, is world known and home to several Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour events.


Total Population 50,059
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 23,922
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.4%
Median Earnings25+ $54,718
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,770
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,489


Median Family Income $131,520
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,301
Median House Value $627,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 4.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coral Gables Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Kendall, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33133, 33134, 33143, 33144, 33145, 33146, 33156, 33158
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33114, 33124, 33234
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.721
Longitude -80.268

Coral Gables Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 60 to 77 F
Apr Temp 68 to 84 F
Jul Temp 77 to 91 F
Oct Temp 72 to 85 F
Annual Precip 58.5 inches
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 62 to 78 F
Apr Temp 70 to 84 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 74 to 87 F
Annual Precip 66 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 76 F
Apr Temp 63 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 68 to 85 F
Annual Precip 61.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Coral Gables, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Coconut Grove (33133, 33134, 33146)

Coral (33145)

Gables (33158, 33234)

Gables by the Sea (33156)

Palmetto Bay (33158)

Village of Palmetto Bay (33158)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kendall 76,267 $77,237
Miami 424,632 $35,508
Pinecrest 19,174 $155,603
South Miami 12,156 $81,009
Virginia Gardens 2,957 $53,942
West Miami 6,400 $45,397

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coral Gables Hospitals

(305) 445-8461
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(305) 666-2111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

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Serves 444 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

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Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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