Margate, Florida

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Margate, Florida

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. 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).

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Margate Low Property Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Margate Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Margate, Florida

Comparing Margate 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
Senior Citizens 10 7
Age of the Population 10 6
Female Share of the Population 9 7
Racial Diversity 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Male Share of the Population 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 6 7
Median Family Income 5 7
College Educated Adults 3 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 4 8
Short Commute Times 4 3
Working at Home 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
Housing Recently Built 8 7
People Living Alone 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 3
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 6 7

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Margate Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 53,909 100%
Male 25,466 47.2%
Female 28,443 52.8%
Under 18 11,245 20.9%
18+ 42,664 79.1%
65+ 11,683 21.7%
Median Age 40.4
Average Family Size 2.95
White 42,478 78.8%
African-American 6,268 11.6%
Asian 1,497 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 139 0.3%
Other 1,549 2.9%
Mixed Race 1,947 3.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8,238 15.3%

Estimated Margate Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 56,002
Growth 2,093
Growth % 3.9%

Margate 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) 29.1%
Italian 13.1%
Irish 8.4%
German 8.1%
US/American 7.1%
English 5.9%
Polish 3.9%
Haitian 3.7%
Jamaican 3.6%
Russian 2.8%
French Canadian 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scottish 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
African 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
Brazilian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.4%
European 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Margate 53,909 $48,254
Coconut Creek 43,566 $55,131
Coral Springs 117,549 $64,193
North Lauderdale 32,264 $41,990
Parkland 13,835 $108,657
Pompano Beach 78,191 $44,195
Tamarac 55,588 $41,927

Margate Hospitals

2801 N STATE RD 7
(954) 974-0400
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Margate

(As of 2005)
Atlantic Blvd & Rock Island Rd
7374 W Atlantic Blvd
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1. Tamarac, Florida 92.9   35.8% 37.8% 17.3% 28 $41,927 4.4% 17.9% 55,588 8.9% 22.2 3.3% 4.1
2. Sunrise, Florida 89.6   27.5% 17.7% 20% 30 $47,908 6.4% 30.5% 85,779 9.7% 38.5 1.9% 4.3
3. Coconut Creek, Florida 88.6   32.6% 26.5% 27.1% 27 $55,131 6.2% 13.7% 43,566 7.1% 24.5 4.1% 2.8
4. Tarpon Springs, Florida 87.6   29.9% 24.8% 20.5% 30 $46,316 5.2% 9.9% 21,003 9.8% 38 8.4% 7.3
5. Deerfield Beach, Florida 86.6   40.2% 29.3% 21.2% 24 $44,853 4.8% 22.7% 64,583 12.5% 34.8 10.2% 7
6. Calimesa, California 84.4   27.8% 26% 14.5% 27 $43,220 4.5% 10.9% 7,139 12.2% 25.4 1.1% 2.7
7. Eustis, Florida 83.4   29.9% 25.7% 18% 26 $39,519 6.2% 23.1% 15,106 15.3% 24 4.9% 4.6
8. Largo, Florida 80.9   38.9% 30.1% 16.4% 24 $41,523 4.3% 7.3% 69,371 9.1% 38.4 8.6% 6.3
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