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, but 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 homesteading. 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.


Total Population 64,676
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 7.1%
Employed Population 16+ 26,723
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $27,245
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,990
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,926


Median Family Income $41,816
% Above Poverty Level 71.2%
% Below Poverty Level 28.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5.1%


People Living Alone 22.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,078
Median House Value $116,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.1%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 3.1%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Coral Gables 50,059 $131,520
Florida City 12,024 $25,539
Kendall 76,267 $77,237
Pinecrest 19,174 $155,603
South Miami 12,156 $81,009
Sweetwater 20,739 $34,420

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

Homestead Hospitals

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

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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

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