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Overview

Introduction to Margate, Florida

The city of Margate is located in Broward County, Florida. The city is situated about 12 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale and 40 miles north of Miami.

History of Margate

Founded in the 1950s by Jack Marquese, Margate derived its name as a contraction of the name of its founder combined with the word "gate" (denoting its status as the "gateway" to western Broward County). Margate became a town in 1955 and was incorporated as a city in 1961. Originally planned for a population of 35,000, Margate today has a size more than 50% larger than its planned number and its population is still growing.

Things to do in Margate

Margate's quality of life gets a major boost from its excellent outdoor facilities. The city is home to Calypso Cove, a water park which features three pools and both enclosed and open slides. The zero-depth pool is a beach-entry activity pool equipped with palm trees with tipping coconuts, water-spraying animals and a play area. The lap pool is a six-lane facility usable for lifeguard training as well as swimming lessons and family swimming. The plunge pool provides landing from the water slides. Also included in the facility are two pavilions with picnic tables, three half-court basketball courts and a refurbished and expanded fishing dock. Margate also boasts three challenging golf courses: The Eagle Lakes Golf Course, the Carolina Golf Club and the Oriole Golf and Tennis Club.

Margate hosts a series of year-round events and celebrations for its residents and visitors. Among these are: the "Sounds at Sundown" Free Concert Series (four Sundays from January through April); the Fourth of July Parade, Festivities and Fireworks; the Margate Golf Classic in November; and December's Winter Solstice Celebration. Margate's proximity to the Fort Lauderdale area provides easy access to many area attractions. A small sampling of these includes the following: The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum, Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Flamingo Gardens in Davie and Hollywood's Anne Kolb Nature Center.

Fans of thoroughbred racing can enjoy lots of it in nearby Hallandale at Gulfstream Park, one of the nation's premiere tracks. Swimming enthusiasts can find plenty of places to practice their sport nearby, and can also learn its history and achievements at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach. Baseball fans visiting Margate in the spring can travel the short distance to Fort Lauderdale to see the Baltimore Orioles play their Spring Training games at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Hockey fans can see the best of their sport in nearby Sunrise, host city of the NHL's Florida Panthers. A variety of major-league pro sports action is also available less than an hour away in Miami, home of basketball's Heat (National Basketball Association), Dolphins (National Football League) and Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball).

People

Total Population 55,678
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 26,521
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $29,035
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,579
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,614

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,249
% Above Poverty Level 86.8%
% Below Poverty Level 13.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,150
Median House Value $124,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.2%
Irish 7.3%

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

Margate Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 32 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Broward
Standard Zip Codes 33063, 33065, 33068, 33073
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33093
Phone Area Codes 954
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.244
Longitude -80.206

Margate Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station POMPANO BEACH
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 58 to 77 F
Apr Temp 66 to 83 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 71 to 87 F
Annual Precip 57.2 inches
Station FORT LAUDERDALE
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 59 to 76 F
Apr Temp 66 to 82 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 72 to 86 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches
Station HIALEAH
Distance 28.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

CoconutCreek (33093)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coconut Creek 56,816 $64,031
Coral Springs 126,673 $71,321
North Lauderdale 42,853 $42,775
Parkland 27,114 $135,403
Pompano Beach 104,741 $46,495
Tamarac 63,227 $51,526

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

Margate Hospitals

NORTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
2801 N STATE RD 7
(954) 974-0400
Emergency Service: Yes

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