Homestead, Florida

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Homestead, Florida

Introduction to Homestead, Florida

Homestead, Florida, in Miami Dade county, is 17 miles SW of Kendall, Florida (center to center) and 27 miles SW of Miami, Florida. It's situated in the southern tip of Florida between Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. It features a tropical climate. The city is not situated along the coastline however it has been affected by hurricanes.

It's bordered by the Homestead Joint Air Reserve Base. The downtown area features numerous restored Mediterranean revival structures. Homestead has an ethnically diverse population. The region includes a flourishing agricultural industry.

Homestead History

The city was incorporated in 1913. The name was given during the time the Florida East Coast Railway was being extended to Key West. The railroad tracks were being constructed in an area that allowed home steading. Since the area did not have a name, the construction materials and supplies for the railroad workers were delivered to "Homestead Country." In the early 1900's, agriculture, including winter vegetables and tropical fruits were transported all over the nation and were significant factors for the local economy. In 1992, Homestead was severely damaged by the powerful Hurricane Andrew. A housing boom began in 2002 primarily due to a lack of available land in Miami-Dade County.

Homestead Attractions

  • Fruit and Spice Park includes a wide variety of fruit, spice and nut trees.
  • Coral Castle is an unusual structure comprised mostly of coral.
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • Monkey Jungle is a well known wildlife park which features endangered monkeys in semi-natural environments. It includes an Amazonian style rainforest.
  • Homestead Sports Complex.
  • Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo.

Homestead Activities

The Homestead Bayfront Park features a natural pool and beach and includes an area for fishing. Grossman Hammock, John Pennekamp Coral Reef, Key Largo Hammocks Botanical and the Barnical Historic are some of the popular state parks. The Keys Gate Golf & Tennis Club and Readland Country Club are popular with golfers. The Florida Keys are nearby.

Biscayne National Park is regarded as one of the best scuba diving locations in the nation. It's also popular for snorkeling, boating, fishing and glass bottom boat tours. The vast majority of the park is water. Everglades National Park attracts more than one million visitors annually. It's been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. It features the biggest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere and is home to a large number of species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals.

Homestead Higher Education

The city is home to a campus of Miami-Dade College.

Homestead Transportation

Air travel is provided at the nearby Miami International Airport.

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High Points

Homestead strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Homestead Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 12% Homestead Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Homestead, Florida

Comparing Homestead to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 1 2
People Above Poverty 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Public Transportation Use 7 9
Short Commute Times 2 1
Working at Home 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 4
Housing Recently Built 9 8
Affordability of Rents 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 4
People Living Alone 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 1 1
Low Violent Crime 1 1

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Homestead Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SW of Kendall, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles SW of Miami, Florida
County Miami-Dade
Standard Zip Codes 33030, 33031, 33032, 33033, 33034, 33035, 33039
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33090, 33092
Phone Area Codes 305
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 25.468
Longitude -80.477

Homestead Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 56 to 77 F
Apr Temp 63 to 84 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 58.1 inches
Station PERRINE 4 W
Distance 8.4 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
Distance 28 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
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Homestead Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 31,909 100%
Male 16,499 51.7%
Female 15,410 48.3%
Under 18 10,581 33.2%
18+ 21,328 66.8%
65+ 2,499 7.8%
Median Age 27.2
Average Family Size 3.54
White 19,465 61%
African-American 7,194 22.5%
Asian 243 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 159 0.5%
Other 3,140 9.8%
Mixed Race 1,681 5.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 16,537 51.8%

Estimated Homestead Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 44,494
Growth 12,585
Growth % 39.4%

Homestead Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.4%
US/American 6.2%
Haitian 5.5%
German 3.4%
Irish 3.3%
English 2.4%
Italian 1.8%
Polish 0.9%
Jamaican 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Swedish 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
African 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Everglades National Park (33030)
Flamingo Ldge (33034)
Flamingo Lodge (33034)
Modello (33030)
Redland (33031, 33032)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Homestead 31,909 $26,409
Coral Gables 42,249 $98,553
Florida City 7,843 $18,777
Kendall 75,226 $61,241
Pinecrest 19,055 $122,526
South Miami 10,741 $57,791
Sweetwater 14,226 $30,823

Homestead Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(786) 243-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Homestead High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

A Title I School.
Serves 3,303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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Serves 2,722 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

A Special Education School
Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

2351 SE 12 AVENUE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

Homestead Colleges

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